Someone needs to sit Simon down, pour him a really strong whiskey, let him have a couple of slugs, bitch slap him with your ring finger, and state in a very clear calm manner…
“Simon, you are never going to say something as malicious and spiteful as that again because it is beneath you and what you actually believe”.
I like Simon Bridges. I do. I know him better than I’ve ever known any of the previous National Party leaders. When Matthew Hooton and I were hosting the IPredict Election series in 2011, Simon appeared on the show and I’ve always found him to be personally very funny, really pragmatic and a lot less of a dick the role Opposition Leader demands of him.
I wouldn’t ever in a million years vote for Simon, but there is a person in there you can reason with and genuinely talk to.
Which is why his comments on the relief budget were so ugly. That type of vicious divisive malice has no place in mainstream politics.
To begrudge beneficiaries being given an extra $25 per week to help cope with a possible full blown pandemic is beneath the National Party and NZ politics.
Simon, mate, buddy – you can’t fucking say this…
“Bluntly, what we see in this package today is money flowing faster into the hands of beneficiaries than the workers and the businesses that will lose their businesses and their jobs over the coming weeks and months.”
…if all you have to add are criticisms of the other desperate people in your life boat while arguing why they should just be tipped out of that life boat, then maybe you’ve had a wee bit too much time in the pressure cooker of the debating chamber and you need some chill space, because attempting to specifically rip at the cultural wounds between beneficiaries and the working classes purely for political theatre is fucking nasty.
You are a better man than this Simon. A far better man. This pandemic is calling for bi-partisanship, not pointless rancour.
History is watching how we are tested here Mr Bridges, your country needs you to step up, not stand over right now.
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