The day after we find out JLR had given his proxy vote to NZ First, we learn that the Dark Lord of the Sith and human hunting aficionado, Simon Lusk, has been slithering around inside NZ First…
One of the key players in the 2014 National Party “dirty politics” allegations appears to have become involved with NZ First.
The Hawke’s Bay political consultant, Simon Lusk, attended two recent NZ First “business networking” evenings with NZ First Leader, Winston Peters.
Lusk featured prominently in the “dirty politics” allegations along with his close associate, Cameron “Whaleoil” Slater.
Lusk would not comment on his connection with NZ First when this was put to him by POLITIK yesterday but said he would respond today.
Peters was joined at the functions by NZ First MPs Shane Jones and Fletcher Tabuteau and Clayton Mitchell apparently attended the Wellington function.
The news of Lusk’s involvement comes at the same time as one of his longest term clients, Jami Lee Ross, has announced that he will give his proxy vote to NZ First but that they will cast it with National.
National rejected an earlier proposal that they hold his proxy however sources connected to senior levels of the National Party were last night suggesting that there is now reason to believe that because of the Lusk involvement, Ross may have been leaning towards NZ First for some time.
The networking evenings bizarrely, were hosted in Wellington and Auckland by the top-drawer law firm, Russell McVeagh and drew around 60 prominent business people and industry lobbyists at each venue.
Among the attendees in Wellington, is believed to have been Business NZ CEO, Kirk Hope.
Some of the attendees are believed to have made substantial donations at the $300 a head functions to the party.
…this is all very clever, devious and terribly dangerous.
You will notice the very specific language used by NZ First and JLR, it’s all wrapped up in ‘proportionality’, this is because the reason you get kicked out of Parliament under the waka jumping legislation is by changing proportionality and the Courts (when they’ve looked at this) sets a very low threshold for what changing proportionality means.
The game at foot here is to stop National kicking JLR out before December 13th when he is due to appear in Parliament and will be able to say anything he likes under Parliamentary Privilege, a last nuclear bomb to destabilise and destroy Bridges leadership.
NZ First believe that helping the enemy of your enemy to create meltdown inside National is worth it for the mischief making and because NZ First believes it could pick up disaffected National voters, my fear is that this will lead to the Party turning to Judith Collins and while we on the left like to joke about Collins becoming Leader to scare children into doing their chores, the reality would be far more alarming.
The CIA always got blowback whenever they played God in other peoples country’s, NZ First should know that enabling Lusk to continue his JLR kamikaze suicide bomber coup has every possibility of biting us all in the arse in 2020.
It is a far smarter move to allow Bridges to limp to a bumbling defeat in 2020 than accidentally resurrect Judith Collins the Witch King into the Leadership.