National made a lot of hay out of the Sroubrek story.
Despite Immigration not including the information National had dug up via Sroubrek’s ex wife, Iain Lees-Galloway admission he’d spent about as much time reading the file as Trump does for his average tweet suggested a slackness in the minds of muddle Nu Zilind, and Lees-Galloway received an enormous amount of unfair bile and attack for that.
‘Why isn’t the Minister bothering to read files and allowing kickboxing drug dealers into the country’ the sleepy hobbits cried out, as if MDMA is all of a sudden a serious drug.
National have attempted to harvest the same banal sense of ‘why are Labour protecting crims’ with this latest story about the Minister extending residency to a recidivist drink driver and a ‘protected person’ because it turns out that National had actually granted the person the same privileges twice before…
The National Party’s outrage that the Immigration Minister granted residency to a protected person and recidivist drink driver, entitling them to the same benefits as New Zealanders, has backfired.
Now if Labour had fucked up this badly, Duncan Garner, Mike Hosking, Heather Duplicitous and all the other Trolls over at the ZB Troll Farm would be screaming for a resignation, of course when it’s National with self inflicted egg on their face they won’t mention it.
Embarrassment aside, it’s a reminder that Simon Bridges has been on a high since he trapped the Government in that Treasury hack fiasco and his gut instinct to double down and exploit Labour’s lack of narrative direction usually works, but if he doesn’t;t have all his facts before he starts throwing mud, it can come back back and bite him in the face.
This tendency of his could backfire spectacularly in the pressure cooker of an election campaign.
Judith Collins, who has suddenly gone rogue with her announcement of some pretty startling climate denial claims, will be cackling watching Simon trip over himself.