You can always tell how much a political narrative is bullshit by how shrill Hooton gets and the nonsense over Julie Anne-Genter’s ‘secret letter’ has reached such a fever pitch, only dogs can hear Hooton screaming that she must resign.
The beauty with a Hoots conspiracy is that you get him espousing it behind the Herald Paywall while his feminine side, Ben Thomas, spins it on the Spinoff.
It really says how low the threshold for scandal is under this Government and how easily Chris Bishop can use his common bloke schtick to con journalists into believing his claims of a scandal.
I like the good old days when Governments used deceit to pass mass surveillance laws, smeared leaders of the Opposition in tandem with the SIS and engaged in a plethora of dirty politics, (many of which included Matthew Hooton at their centre). To listen to Hoots and Bishop cry out about transparency over a bloody letter is a joke looking for a punchline.
Here are the two reasons this is all bullshit.
1: We all know what Genter would have said! Public Transport! Public Transport! Public Transport! She wants more public transport, and of course she would have advocated for it, pretending this is some great mystery is eye rolling. We need more public transport and if taking a great bloody stick to that process is required, great! Seeing as the Bus Service in Wellington is a national disgrace, more public transport is desperately needed.
2: The idea that Genter would have any impact on a decision being decided by Phil Twyford is absurd. Phil Twyford believes that Phil Twyford is the smartest person in the room and while that is technically true, it is an incredibly underwhelming threshold.
Twyford listens only to Twyford and Genter is so obscenely transparent about her righteous love for public transport that pretending she is hiding something is as believable as Trump being a fan of gender binary activism.
This would be a storm in a teacup if the teacup was the size of an atom.