Simon Bridges embarrassed by Twitter ‘like’

Simon Bridges says that it was an accidental ‘like’ on Twitter, but whether it was or not it is seriously embarrassing for him associating himself with a Whale Oil attack on Clarke Gayford.

NZH: National leader Simon Bridges accidentally ‘liked’ social media post mocking Clarke Gayford

National leader Simon Bridges has admitted ‘liking’ a social media post by Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater in which the Prime Minister’s partner was mocked.

But Bridges said he did it by accident and then withdrew the “like” he had placed on Slater’s Twitter account.

He said “too much tweeting maketh a twat”.

Bridges blamed a thumb error for accidentally hitting the “like” button on Slater’s post and that it was done while scrolling through his Twitter feed.

It had the effect of broadcasting Slater’s tweet, in which a photoshopped image of Gayford holding a fish was depicted. Slater started running a “Fish of the Day” feature making fun of Gayford immediately after the rumours were dismissed.

Bridges said:”I’m not on Twitter very often and I think this shows why. Effectively I was scrolling down and I saw a tweet there that you’re referring to.

“I noticed it. I accidentally liked it. I got rid of that within literally a second and kept on moving but I’m regretful about it actually because I’ve been really clear with my caucus colleagues that we don’t want families brought in to politics.

It comes in the wake of Bridges attempting to distance the National Party from gossip mongering over Clarke Gayford, and just over a week after he told his MPs to have nothing to do with the rumours.

Whatever the explanation or excuse this is going to be a difficult association for bridges to shrug off.

Slater has denied having anything to do with pushing the Gayford rumours. He is being approached for comment.

Those denials look dubious given the campaign attacking both Ardern and Gayford that started in September last year, There are still some dirty looking posts up on Whale Oil.

Bridges can’t just shrug this off. He was fairly limited in his condemnation of the dirty rumour mongering targeting Gayford.

He needs to step up and make it absolutely clear that he and the National Party disassociate themselves from dirty politics and from ‘Dirty Politics’.

What the hell is Bridges following an openly dirty account like this?

He should make it clear that dirty politics is a bad thing, especially for the leader of a major party in Parliament.

He also needs to make it absolutely clear that the National Party disassociate themselves from Whale Oil, which is inextricably linked with ‘Dirty Politics’,  brags about doing dirty politics, and has clearly been running a dirty campaign against Gayford and Ardern, and continues with it daily despite the rumour mongering story going public last week.

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  1. artcroft

     /  May 9, 2018

    What an idiot.

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  2. duperez

     /  May 9, 2018

    What the hell is Bridges following an openly dirty account like this? Why wouldn’t he?

    By and large the reason politicians do and don’t do things is related to public perceptions and how that will affect voting and polls. How many who think well of Bridges will think so badly of his actions in this case that they’d no longer support him? For those who don’t support or want him it’s normal transmission.

    I’d say those with a hardcore interest in politics know of Whaleoil. Their affection with or infection from it won’t have any impact on what they think of Bridges. For most though, I’d suggest that Whaleoil is an irrelevance, they’ve never visited the site and have no personal
    experience of the rancidity that would mean some negativity towards Bridges because of transitory contact with it.

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  3. Gezza

     /  May 9, 2018

    Not a good look for Bridges.

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  4. Trevors_Elbow

     /  May 9, 2018

    Yawwwnnnnnnn…..

    Given what the Greens and Labour publish via their official and unofficial social media accounts… a single like is a bit pedantic to be angsting about….

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    • Blazer

       /  May 9, 2018

      ‘National leader Simon Bridges has admitted ‘liking’ a social media post by Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater in which the Prime Minister’s partner was mocked.

      But Bridges said he did it by accident and then withdrew the “like” he had placed on Slater’s Twitter account.

      He said “too much tweeting maketh a twat”.

      It comes in the wake of Bridges attempting to distance the National Party from gossip mongering over Clarke Gayford, and just over a week after he told his MPs to have nothing to do with the rumours.’

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    • Gezza

       /  May 9, 2018

      I don’t generally go looking for political rumours but some people seem to be up to their elbows in them. What have they been putting around about Mrs Bridges, Trev?

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      • Trevors_elbow

         /  May 10, 2018

        Have a look at what Chris Bishop received Gezza as an example…… then continue your research

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        • Gezza

           /  May 10, 2018

          Wasn’t that about some parents complaining to Paul Goldsmith they weren’t happy with him messaging their children on Snapchat but there was no suggestion of impropriety? And he cut it out?

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  5. PDB

     /  May 9, 2018

    Slater hates Bridges – if Bridges does keep an eye on Whaleoil it’s probably to keep an eye on what shit Slater is going to accuse him of next.

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    • Those who will keep bringing this up won’t care about that.

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      • PDB

         /  May 9, 2018

        The person most likely to bring it up and make the most of it will be Slater himself.

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        • He probably will try and make it about him, he has a tendency to do that.

          But that won’t help Bridges in this embarrassing predicament, it will accentuate his problem unless he front foots it properly.

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  7. Blazer

     /  May 9, 2018

    so much for Mr Bridges faux concern about…dirty politics!

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  8. “Right wing blogger Cameron Slater – also known as Whaleoil – posted a malicious tweet on Tuesday evening”
    Calling it what it is – https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/103764952/Bridges-mea-culpa-for-Twitter-faux-pas

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    • Gezza

       /  May 9, 2018

      They called Cameron a troll.

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      • That’s pretty much what he is with all the daily Gayford smearing.

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        • Gezza

           /  May 9, 2018

          I hope he sues them.

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          • phantom snowflake

             /  May 9, 2018

            Who?

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            • Gezza

               /  May 9, 2018

              National leader Simon Bridges has expressed regret over accidentally “liking” the tweet of a troll who took aim at the Prime Minister’s partner Clarke Gayford.

              Stuff. What does this do to the poor chap’s good name?

            • phantom snowflake

               /  May 9, 2018

              Time to put the begging bowl out again under the bridge you reckon?

  9. PartisanZ

     /  May 9, 2018

    Accidentally ‘liked’ … ? Yeah, Right …

    I bet he never inhaled either …

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    • Gezza

       /  May 9, 2018

      I suppose that CAN maybe happen when you find yourself accidentally looking thru a troll’s twitter feed .. ? 😳

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      • PartisanZ

         /  May 9, 2018

        Oh yes, sure … distracted by ??????? I accidentally hit the ‘like’ icon …

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        • Gezza

           /  May 9, 2018

          Exactly. At least he can’t complain we just automtically disbelieve him. 👍🏼

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          • PartisanZ

             /  May 9, 2018

            No … but I’ll certainly be more inclined to automatically disbelieve him from now on …

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  10. Rob Carroll

     /  May 10, 2018

    Simon Bridges The Leader of the rumour gang ..caught out like a possum in the spotlight after leaving his fingerprints all over the evidence 😂😂😂 but I’m sorry it was an accident..??

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