Health Minister David Clark has alleged in Parliament that National MP Chris Bishop lobbied for the early release from quarantine of two sisters who later tested positive for coronavirus.
The two sisters are now at the centre of a political scandal over the safety of managed isolation after it emerged that neither woman was tested before being released.
On Wednesday it was revealed that they had come into close contact with at least one other person since leaving managed isolation, contrary to earlier reports.
Clark made the claim in response to a question from Education Minister Chris Hipkins on Thursday.
“Were the two women who tested positive for Covid-19 this week released from quarantine following personal representations advocating their early release from quarantine by National MP Chris Bishop?” Hipkins asked.
Clark responded that he was aware of that.
“Mr Speaker I am aware of that.”
“Obviously there have been representations made for compassionate leave by members of Parliament – I think people need to be careful,” Clark said.
“I would ask members to be careful around these situations. On the one hand people have been requesting that people be let go out of these situations and on the other hand we have seen the risks that that presents to New Zealanders and the team of 5 million,” he said.
National Party health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse later added that Bishop’s advocacy for the two women was separate from the case being prosecuted in Parliament.
Let me get this completely fucking straight.
Former cancer pimp, Christopher Bishop, personally appeals for these two Covid Karen’s to be able to breach quarantine measures AND THEN this information magically gets fed to Woodhouse who uses it to smear the Government?
This is so outrageous and so filthy.
Don’t get me wrong, Bishop is free to advocate for people and there’s no excuses for the quarantine breaches by health officials, (and that is something worthy of investigation and criticism), but this is politically akin to insider trading – how the hell did Woodhouse get so many details to use this to smear the Government?
National Party MPs want NZ to fail the pandemic because it’s the only way they can win the election in September, and if that means advocating for people to drive around the country with the plague and then use that information as a political smear, then National will do it.
This scandal that National helped create has caused NZ to be laughed at globally, demeaned the public servants who have worked hard and attempted to smear Jacinda.
Even for a political party as steeped in dirty politics the way National is, this is breathtaking in its audacity.
These National MPs have no honour.
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