National MP confesses to leak, warns life at risk

RNZ are reporting that a National MP has sent a text to Simon Bridges and to the Speaker Trevor Mallard, confessing to leaking Bridges’ expenses information just days before it was due to be released publicly.

They also say the MP has asked for the leak inquiry to be called off, and that exposure could put their lives at risk.

I don’t think there’s any way this can be kept quiet – obviously this news makes it impossible, but Bridges couldn’t have kept the text secret,

RNZ Exclusive: Text plea to call off Bridges expense leak inquiry

A person claiming to be the National Party leaker has sent an anonymous text to Opposition leader Simon Bridges pleading for the inquiry to be called off, RNZ has learned.

Sources have told RNZ Mr Bridges and the Speaker Trevor Mallard both received an anonymous text message last week from a person claiming to be responsible for leaking the information to Newshub.

The author of the text warned they suffered from mental health problems in the past and said being exposed publicly could push them over the edge and put their life at risk.

The text, which RNZ has not seen, detailed a number of conversations and pieces of information from National caucus meetings over a period of weeks in an attempt to prove the author was a National MP.

In the message, the author said they had leaked the expenses because they disagreed with Mr Bridges’ leadership style, describing him as “arrogant”, and wanted him to be held to account for his spending of taxpayers’ money.

Bridges had said he was confident the leaker was not a National MP, but his caucus was the most likely source, as it was only them and Parliamentary Services that had the information at that stage (it is now public).

I don’t see how the offending MP can avoid exposure, nor can they avoid having to resign.

But it gets more strange – who leaked the text?

RNZ was approached by a person with details of the text message this week.

They said they were speaking out as they were worried for the safety of the text’s author and the potential impact of the investigation.

The source said they were concerned Mr Bridges and Mr Mallard were not taking the text message seriously because the inquiry was still pressing ahead.

Mr Mallard has the formal authority to put a halt to the inquiry but if Mr Bridges really wanted it stopped he could influence that decision.

RNZ has since verified the existence of the text and its contents with another source.

It was baffling as to why the expenses were leaked just a few days before they would have been made public anyway.

It is curious why Bridges and the Speaker treated the leak with so much concern and immediate action in moving towards an inquiry.

Why was the text kept secret? Is it that the identity of the MP is not known, and the threat of risk to their well being kept it hushed?

There will be more on this no doubt.

UPDATE: The text was sent from an anonymous number LAST WEEK. The identity of the MP is unknown (by RNZ).

I don’t think Bridges could call off the inquiry that has just had a former solicitor-general appointed to lead it – actually RNZ have just said that Mallard appointed someone to lead the inquiry after receiving the text message.

116 Comments

  1. artcroft

     /  August 24, 2018

    I can confidently diagnose that the leakers mental health issue stems from a low IQ.

  2. Ray

     /  August 24, 2018

    Can we be absolutely sure that the leaker or the anonymous texter really is a National MP.
    If they are time find other employment, if they can’t stand day light being cast on their efforts, they are not fit for the job.

    • RNZ seem to have doubled checked the authenticity of the text, but I don’t know if they know the identity of who sent it.

      We’ll find out more soon I expect, this can’t remain secret.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 24, 2018

        RNZ now admitting they haven’t seen the text. And while RNZ are saying it was an MP others are just saying party member.

    • Ray

       /  August 24, 2018

      If it is a National Party MP and RNZ seem fairly sure it is as the text has details only a Caucus member would know.
      Then the only honourable thing to do is resign!
      Childish passive aggressive threats just demean all MPs.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  August 24, 2018

      Barry Soper has said it’s a hoax and a storm in a teacup. There is no chance it came from a National MP.
      But that doesn’t gel with MP’s heading to Wellington, and a scheduled press briefing by Bridges this morning so we’ll have to see what emerges.

  3. unitedtribes2

     /  August 24, 2018

    Trying to think of MP with mental health issues. Haven’t managed to narrow the field much yet.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  August 24, 2018

      And all National MPs have low IQs so that doesn’t help much.

      • Corky

         /  August 24, 2018

        Speak for yourself, Einstein. Given the way this government is operating, I know where my money would be on the outcome of parliamentary IQ tests.

  4. Blazer

     /  August 24, 2018

    the mental issue and the whole story sounds like a smokescreen to me.
    Will be swept under the carpet with Bridges saying he has dealt with it and satisfied with the outcome.

  5. David

     /  August 24, 2018

    Seems unlikely it was a Nat if they then leaked to the media, doesn’t stack up. Looks more like a way of stopping the investigation or throwing it off course

  6. artcroft

     /  August 24, 2018

    I Lmao at news that a ‘concerned friend’ had come forward to say Bridges and Mallard weren’t calling off the investigation. Hmm… I think RNZ may have a very clear idea as to the leaker’s identity.

    • Bridges would have to have ‘made inquiries’ as to who the MP could be, and would at least have a short list, surely.

  7. Blazer

     /  August 24, 2018

    Nick Smith shows signs of nuttiness.

    • I don’t think speculation on the identity of the MP is a good idea, especially in circumstances like this.

      • unitedtribes2

         /  August 24, 2018

        I would have thought the offender would have also considered this. But then again.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  August 24, 2018

  8. Awkward for Bridges.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 24, 2018

      The “from a Nstional MP” bit is the question,

  9. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 24, 2018

    Very bizarre. Should be pretty obvious to insiders from his/her behaviour at present who it is if true. Would have to be in a manic state.

    • robertguyton

       /  August 24, 2018

      Or depressed, if they’re bi-polar.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 24, 2018

        This action sounds much more manic to me if it is real. But may well be a hoax/deception.

  10. Corky

     /  August 24, 2018

    So the text was sent to three people? Sounds like feral Leftwing hackers having fun. But, let’s hope not. It would be cool to watch someone walk the plank. I’m tired of American and Aussie politicians having all the fun. If it’s genuine the field has been narrowed down considerably.

  11. unitedtribes2

     /  August 24, 2018

    Need to look for someone who is so irrelevant that they thought that leaking irrelevant information was a good idea. I would be looking at Greens or NZ First in that case.

  12. Worth repeating here: “The text…detailed a number of conversations and pieces of information from National caucus meetings over a period of weeks in an attempt to prove the author was a National MP.”

    • Corky

       /  August 24, 2018

      So the more pertinent question may be who leaked the text…and why?

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 24, 2018

      How much detail can you squeeze into a text? That raised some questionmarks with me

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 24, 2018

        Also, if it really was from a Nat MP why would you bother trying to prove it and why not go directly to Bridges anyway?

        Seems to point elsewhere to me.

      • Patzcuaro

         /  August 24, 2018

        Multiple texts?

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  August 24, 2018

          Doesn’t say that does it?

          • Patzcuaro

             /  August 24, 2018

            No but you can’t detail much in one text.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  August 24, 2018

              Exactly. And now RNZ admit they haven’t seen the text.

            • Patzcuaro

               /  August 24, 2018

              @ Alan the joys of opposition with an uncharismatic leader, it is just that the boot is on the other foot.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 24, 2018

              I don’t see why a text can’t be long and have a lot in it. It’s not like a tweet.

  13. NOEL

     /  August 24, 2018

    Has the media run this through Snopes?

  14. robertguyton

     /  August 24, 2018

    Simon! You clever devil! Bridges leaked the information himself, squawked and carried on to attract the attention of the media, demanded and got an enquiry, sent this text dobbing in the Nat MP he wants to get rid of, you know, the one threatening his position as leader, includes details of caucus to give credibility to the ruse – Bridges’ next step; accept the resignation of MP “X”, broker a deal with Mallard/the investigator to keep the identity secret, citing the mental health of said MP, and, job done! Machiavellian

  15. robertguyton

     /  August 24, 2018

    This doesn’t reflect well, in any way, shape or form, on the National Party, does it. All the noise from Simon: “No one in my party!!! (cue outrage and indignation). Chaos, it seems from the outside; the party of and in chaos .

    • PDB

       /  August 24, 2018

      Only reflects on the leaker.

      Could do some good Robert – if an MP is that mentally unstable that they can’t stand any media heat they should seek help and not be in the job.

      • robertguyton

         /  August 24, 2018

        True, PDB, but the behaviour reflects badly upon the party; it was a Nat MP that behaved this way; if a Labour MP had done it, you’d be bad-mouthing the Labour Party, not just the individual. As well, Bridges comes out looking a fool; his heated declarations of “not my team, no way, Jose!!” sound naive and pathetic now and his rush for a high level investigation very foolish indeed, if the leaker turns out to be a Nat; the National Party is revealed as the threat to democracy in NZ!!! Stop the presses! So, all in all a very poor result for Simon and his team of untrustworthy schemers 🙂

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  August 24, 2018

          So your conclusion is that this is a dirty trick aiming to make the Nats look bad?

        • PDB

           /  August 24, 2018

          You’re over-egging the issue – a National party member leaking National party detail is never going to be bad if a govt MP had done it. Considering the leak was stupid as only days later the expenses were going to come out publicly anyhow makes it less of an issue.

          What the left don’t want is for Bridges to be removed as leader as so far he has been ineffective. One can only think what National could do with a more appealing leader considering their voting base is sticking solid in the early-mid 40%’s regardless of Bridges.

          Labour & National are quite different beasts at the moment – Labour have a soft party vote only being propped up by Ardern being the public face of the party whilst National are the complete opposite.

          • robertguyton

             /  August 24, 2018

            One of the National Party caucus says Bridges.
            CAUCUS !!
            Right in the heart of the National Party! Rotten to the core 🙂

            • High Flying Duck

               /  August 24, 2018

              You know that “CAUCUS !!” is all 56 of their MP’s don’t you?
              It’s not cabinet or a leadership group.

            • robertguyton

               /  August 24, 2018

              I didn’t!

            • Blazer

               /  August 24, 2018

              surely you mean CIRCUS!

            • robertguyton

               /  August 24, 2018

              I did!

            • robertguyton

               /  August 24, 2018

              No. I think you don’t understand the expression, “having egg on one’s face. No matter, you can’t know everything. In any case, keep up! We’re discussing current events here, not history.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  August 24, 2018

            ‘over-egging the pudding…..’

            • robertguyton

               /  August 24, 2018

              The egg’s all over Simon’s face!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 24, 2018

              That’s better than having birds nesting in his beard.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 24, 2018

              Was there egg on James Shaw’s face when his co-leader admitted to benefit and electoral fraud ?

            • robertguyton

               /  August 24, 2018

              See above.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  August 24, 2018

              So it was. If you blame Simon Bridges for something that he couldn’t possibly have known, how much more was James Shaw responsible for having a criminal co-leader who saw nothing wrong with her crimes ?

            • robertguyton

               /  August 24, 2018

              I don’t blame Simon for this latest debacle; other debacles, yes, but not this one. The egg that’s splattered all over Soimon’s face is the result of his insincere finger-pointing; “Labour dun it! Labour dun it!” knowing all along that the confessional email strongly showed, they didn’t; egg, meet face (Soimon’s).

  16. Patzcuaro

     /  August 24, 2018

    Coincidentally today is

    “National Party Leak Day was established in 1997. A one-day national leaking extravaganza, it is held on the fourth Friday of August each year.

    From seasoned leakers, to total newbies, to the simply-a-bit-curious, participants in Phantom Texters National Party Leak Day 2018 — on Friday, 24 August — have the opportunity to be touched by the magic and excitement of leaking, to get involved in the leaking community, and to discover National Party leakers, share leaks and explore and experience what leaking is all about.

    Last year was our twentieth anniversary, and to celebrate we published our incredible 20/20 Collection showcasing the current range and diversity of National Party leaks and leakers.

    This year we’ve enjoyed the highest recorded number of events — around 150. These are all organised by leak-loving volunteers and involve thousands of people in National Party branches all over the country.”

  17. robertguyton

     /  August 24, 2018

    “”On Sunday evening police contacted me. They knew and had worked out the identity of the person concerned. They made clear the person was getting the help they needed.”

    Bridges says he does not know the identity of the person who sent the text.”
    Pull the other one, Simon.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 24, 2018

      If it is an MP it’s scarcely credible he doesn’t know but if it is a staffer it’s possible.

    • duperez

       /  August 24, 2018

      Pull the other one, Simon?

      I’m still trying to come to terms with the earlier bit, “Just three days ago Bridges confidently blamed the leak on “a Government that wants to distract”

      This was after he had received a credible text message from a National MP claiming responsibility.”

      That simple contribution says a lot.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 24, 2018

        Anyone can buy a cheap little phone and text from it.

        • robertguyton

           /  August 25, 2018

          It’s what John Key did…

          • robertguyton

             /  August 25, 2018

            Remember the “Slater” texts…gone, all gone…

  18. robertguyton

     /  August 24, 2018

    Mac! (TS) reckons…
    “13.3
    24 August 2018 at 10:23 am
    One small problem with that scenario- “broker a deal with Mallard/the investigator”.

    I suggest that both gentlemen would feel more than a little miffed that their integrity should be called into question. I don’t believe that they would act in any way to further Simon Bridges’ cause, just as I don’t believe that Bridges is implicated.

    However, Bridges has been shown to be very partial to a version of history which could be termed very inaccurate- ie he chose to still point the bone at Labour when the leaked text showed too much National Party inside knowledge, and he knew that.

    Did Bridges lie? Promoting a very half-arsed version for paerty political purposes is close to that. It’s also poor form to continue to blame Labour when he at the same time is asking for sympathy and understanding for the leaker who had mental health issues.

    Bridges is compromised by this whole episode which he initiated by firstly being so arrogant as to lose the trust of two colleagues, whatever their status, and secondly by calling for a high level enquiry to be run by a Judge.

    Everything after that is arse-covering behaviour, having exposed himself in the first part as a profigate spender, a misleading politician and a damaged leader.”

    • Maggy Wassilieff

       /  August 24, 2018

      The Thursday Text sent to Simon Bridges said that the leaker was from the caucus
      Mr Bridges said the text made clear to him that it was from the leaker.

      “The text stated that the leaker was in the National caucus.

      But Simon has clearly stated that he has no idea if that is the case… or whether it is a hoax.

      “There’s been some comment about potentially this person identifying …. specifics about them being in the National Party caucus. There is a range of credible scenarios that really mean I cannot say whether they were or they weren’t – [whether they] were a National MP, another MP, someone in Parliamentary Service or indeed wider than that.”
      https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/364815/bridges-police-know-identity-of-texter-claiming-expense-leak

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 24, 2018

      I think you are going off half-cocked, Robert. Let’s wait till the facts sort themselves out from the speculation. No certainty it is an MP yet.

  19. Gezza

     /  August 24, 2018

    Christ ! What a train wreck of an media conference ! 🙄

    WilksWarning: Contains long video of obfuscations and weirdness
    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/106529866/simon-bridges-police-have-identified-leaker

    He’ll have to go. 😡

    Who else have they got? o_O

    • robertguyton

       /  August 24, 2018

      No
      one

    • PDB

       /  August 24, 2018

      Simon sings this every night before he goes to sleep…

      • High Flying Duck

         /  August 24, 2018

        Fun fact:
        Brian Cox the renowned physicist author and presenter who recently visited our shores was the keyboard player in D:Ream.

    • High Flying Duck

       /  August 24, 2018

      In completely unrelated news…

      • High Flying Duck

         /  August 24, 2018

        As it turns out, it was completely unrelated. Just another case of CC transparency deficit.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  August 24, 2018

  20. duperez

     /  August 24, 2018

    What should happen next?

    Surely there must be a precedent for the handling of issues which could be sensitive.

    Tell you what, the Police have certain information about someone working in the environs of Parliament. The head of the Police should go to the Prime Minister under the ‘no surprises’ policy and tell her who the person implicated is. Affected Minsters like Police, State Services and Health should be in the loop too. Should they wait until Winston is back in the country so he can be there? 🙃

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  August 24, 2018

      I wonder if it is the same insider that leaked Brash’s emails and was never caught.

    • Gezza

       /  August 24, 2018

      Bridges has had a week to work out WTF to do about this. Looks to me like a carefully worked out strategy was arrived at to head off identifying the leaker by going for a mental health issue & trying to set the narrative for everybody with that. That crew of National MPs around him look utterly glum about him.

      • robertguyton

         /  August 24, 2018

        They weren’t nodding and grimacing in faux support of Bridges’ words; Gerry looked …illl.

      • High Flying Duck

         /  August 24, 2018

        From Tim Murphy on RNZ:

        “[The police] reported back that they had identified the person, that while there were “wellbeing issues” those did not extend to “safety issues” and they expected the parliamentary investigation to proceed.”

        “It may seem odd to many that the police will not tell Mr Bridges or Mr Mallard who sent the text. But police operations are properly independent of parliament and the person’s privacy must be respected by police.

        That does not mean Parliamentary Service is bound to stop its work. As Bridges says, the second issue alongside the person’s wellbeing is “the integrity of the parliamentary system”.

        https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/on-the-inside/364822/simon-bridges-expenses-leak-what-should-happen-now

        • Gezza

           /  August 24, 2018

          From Auds, 10.50am:

          Any experienced courtroom lawyer knows you never ask a question that you don’t know the answer to. The equivalent for a politician is to avoid setting up inquiries where the outcome could make things worse than the original problems.

          Simon Bridges is an experienced courtroom lawyer and politician. For that reason it has been inexplicable from the outset why he decided to push for an inquiry over who leaked details of his travel expenses – a few days in advance of the public disclosure.

          From the moment he called for an inquiry, he lost control of the situation. And the revelations today of a supposed anonymous confession and plea-cum-threat not to pursue the inquiry compounds that. Bridges clearly judged that the perpetual uncertainty of not knowing whether the leak had come from one of his caucus was worse than perhaps knowing it had. It was an uncertainty that Bridges’ opponents were using to damage him – and undermine his leadership.

          He also invited a level of snooping into MPs’ and staff computers quite disproportionate to the original offence. It was an overreaction. The risks for damage now are far greater than they were at the outset.

          It was evident from this morning’s press conference about the anonymous confession he received that he does not know if he is dealing with someone who is genuinely threatening to hurt themself if they are exposed through the inquiry, or someone who is cynically issuing threats to avoid being caught.He cannot tell if it is an MP or a staff member.

          The decision by Speaker Trevor Mallard to confirm the inquiry and name the QC conducting it shows firmly where he stands. He is not going to bow to anonymous threats from the leaker. Bridges is saying the same thing but in a slightly gentler way.

          Mallard and Bridges are right. It would be improper to stop the inquiry on the basis of the threats received. That is blackmail. The astonishing, but slightly comforting, fact that Bridges revealed today is that police now know who that person is – at least the person who claims to be the leaker.

          The police will have their own procedure and protocols around who may be informed of the facts of the case and for what reason – and that should be respected.

          One thing is certain: while Bridges lost control of the situation long ago, the culprit must have a sense of their world spiralling completely out of control – knowing the police are involved and that the QC is about to find out one way or another very soon. A proper confession may be the quickest way for that person to regain control.

          • robertguyton

             /  August 24, 2018

            Great post, Gezza.

            • High Flying Duck

               /  August 24, 2018

              It was an article by Audrey Young, Robert…

            • robertguyton

               /  August 24, 2018

              Yes, HFD, I know but gave thanks to Gezza for posting it. ” these things ” are useful.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  August 24, 2018

            She makes many valid points in that article.

            But SB would have wanted to know either way. You cannot carry on being undermined like this from within, so it needed to be cauterised either by rooting out the insurgency or by him stepping down due to no confidence from the caucus.
            If it turns out to be an external culprit or a staffer (both options still as viable as ever), it all works very much in his favour.

            I’m not sure how much Simon can take credit for the inquiry though. Mallard seemed intent on one no matter what, and is certainly not looking to scale back now.
            He announced the QC after receiving the text message(s) and the enquiry will carry on:

            “Announcing the inquiry, Mallard said he believed someone had deliberately undermined the system, and the security of MPs was important.

            “Unless they have incredible expertise they will be identified,” he said.

            Mallard believed the inquiry was a good use of taxpayers’ money.

            “Members of Parliament will not be able to do their jobs properly.””

            • robertguyton

               /  August 24, 2018

              Someone’s in’frit!

            • High Flying Duck

               /  August 24, 2018

              Yes they are. Or they aren’t. I can’t keep up any more.

          • High Flying Duck

             /  August 24, 2018

            Hard to keep up…

            • Gezza

               /  August 24, 2018

              The weirdness grows.

            • Gezza

               /  August 24, 2018

              Speaker Trevor Mallard calls off inquiry into Simon Bridges’ expenses leak
              31 minutes ago
              Tova O’Brien

              Speaker Trevor Mallard is calling off the inquiry into the leaking of Simon Bridges’ expenses, saying it’s a National Party matter and not something the country or the Parliament needs to be involved in.

              Mr Bridges, Mr Mallard and Newshub’s political editor Tova O’Brien were sent a text from the leaker last Thursday calling for the inquiry to be called off.

              The leaker identified themselves as a member of the National Party caucus and gave examples from the caucus meeting to prove it.

              In the text, the leaker says: “You [Mr Bridges] told [an MP] in front of everyone that you thought it was the Speaker that leaked the information.”

              They said they had a “prolonged serious mental illness” and pleaded for the investigation into their actions to be dropped.

              The Speaker yesterday appointed Queen’s Counsel Michael Heron to head the inquiry into who leaked Mr Bridges’ expenses to Newshub, but that inquiry has now been called off.

              More…
              https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2018/08/exclusive-speaker-trevor-mallard-calls-off-inquiry-into-simon-bridges-expenses-leak.html

              ZB is just reporting right now (reading out something in a news item) that Mallard said he believes it’s a National Party person who leaked – that the has seen enough to know that the person who sent the text is the same person who leaked the details – and that he told Bridges he was calling the investigation off, but that Bridges disagreed and wants it to proceed. 😳

            • Gezza

               /  August 24, 2018

              God – what a shambles 😕

              ZB News – Speaker Mallard says the person who sent the text is “obviously very disturbed” and that he has called the enquiry off.

              How the hell did this whole shambles come about? 😳

              Oh – yes – that’s right.

              Tova O’Brien >:D

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  August 24, 2018

              Newshub castigated RNZ for going public with a mental health issue. Said they got the leak too but sat on it for ethical reasons.

            • Gezza

               /  August 24, 2018

              Was it Tova O’Brien who sat on it for ethical reasons?
              And where was it when she was sitting on it?

            • duperez

               /  August 24, 2018

              “How the hell did this whole shambles come about? Oh – yes – that’s right. Tova O’Brien”

              Among the balance of probabilities on how it came about is that someone actually got in touch with O’Brien. If people didn’t tell her stuff, if she didn’t find stuff out, if people like her didn’t tell us what was going on, big and small, trite of important, would we complaining about living in a secret society?

            • robertguyton

               /  August 24, 2018

              How did the whole shambles come about?
              A leaking Nat?

            • Gezza

               /  August 24, 2018

              A leaking Nat?
              Hard to say. Whoever it was, Tova didn’t sit on them.

          • artcroft

             /  August 24, 2018

            Can’t agree. Someone was clearly motivated to damage Bridges and it wasn’t going to stop at one leak. Bridges had to find out who it was and needed Parliamentary services to find out. Now at least if he doesn’t discover who the leaker was he can at least blame ‘Mr Devious but Mentally Ill’. This clown could end up being a useful idiot.

            • Blazer

               /  August 24, 2018

              the slug fits the identikit picture being painted.

  21. lurcher1948

     /  August 24, 2018

    Let it proceed, the QC needs heaps of money, Bridges needs his pound of flesh and its a good spectacle and makes the right gnash their teeth

    • Corky.

       /  August 24, 2018

      It’s not good, Lurchy. Turnbull is about to be knifed. We will possibly have two nut jobs in charge of Aussie over the next few years. Meanwhile National has a leader who is being associated with controversy and ineptitude. Not good…for me that is.

      • Corky.

         /  August 24, 2018

        I wonder who will decide to resign from National because of family issues? So, plead mental issues and it all goes away? Well, most of it anyway.

      • duperez

         /  August 24, 2018

        • Corky

           /  August 24, 2018

          Just think, Duperez, one minute you are boss of a country; privy to things that would turn the publics hair grey. You have special privileges and security clearances to special places. All gone, just like that. Basically a nobody. Wow! I’m glad I’m a nobody.

          • Corky

             /  August 24, 2018

            Crikey.. Scott Morrison’s Wiki page has been updated already.

  22. robertguyton

     /  August 24, 2018

    Pundit reckons:
    “Mallard’s decision, while seemingly compassionate, doesn’t actually resolve things. If the person who sent the text is so unwell that he/she cannot stand public scrutiny, then they have no place serving as an MP. For their own health and the good of the people they represent, they should stand down immediately. It’s OK to ask for help; I’m not sure if secrecy really helps. Further, you cannot be unfit for scrutiny yet fit for public office.

    Of course this will necessarily reveal who they are. Anonymity cannot be preserved. But they need to stand aside and get better.

    It’s time for the person who sent the text to step forward, account for their actions and get the help they need.”

  23. lurcher1948

     /  August 24, 2018

    So righties, have the Altrightwing Canadians given your money back or did they say”see you later suckers”Its a donation

  24. Gezza

     /  August 24, 2018

    Newsroom – Sam Sachdeva:
    The inquiry into the leak of National MPs’ expenses has been called off, with Speaker Trevor Mallard saying the “very disturbed” person who released the details to media would suffer if it was to go ahead.

    Mallard’s decision to cancel the investigation comes against the wishes of National leader Simon Bridges, who said he was confident the mental health of the leaker would not be compromised if it was to continue,

    Police have identified the person who texted Bridges, Mallard and Newshub political editor Tova O’Brien pleading for the investigation to be called off, but have refused to share the person’s identity.

    RNZ, which revealed the existence of the text, said the person identified themselves as a National MP and said they opposed Bridges’ leadership and his “wasting” taxpayers’ money. The leaker said they had a serious mental illness, and would be harmed if the investigation continued.

    Bridges put the ball in Mallard’s court on Friday morning, saying it was up to the Speaker whether to proceed.

    In a statement, Mallard said he had called off the inquiry, set to be carried out by Michael Heron QC, having had it confirmed that the texter and the leaker were the same person. “He or she has details of events that it is unlikely anyone outside of the National Party would be privy to,” he said. Mallard said the text was from “someone who is clearly very disturbed, and today’s publicity will almost certainly make that worse”. “My priority is to get support to them whether they are an MP or a staff member.”

    Mallard said he had spoken to Bridges, who did not agree with the decision and wanted the inquiry to continue. Mallard had told him the Parliamentary Service would cooperate with him if he wanted to proceed with an investigation at his own end, with the general manager making any relevant emails available.
    More …
    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/08/24/206812/police-identify-source-of-bridges-leak-text#

  25. artcroft

     /  August 24, 2018

    ow Curran has ‘coincidentally been axed’ on the same day as this all unfolds and Trev halts the enquiry. Sense a cover up.

  26. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  August 24, 2018

    So you report possible goings-on in National’s Caucus, but looks like the good oil story was in Labour Caucus all along.

    Talk about distraction/deflection squirrel politics.

    • Blazer

       /  August 24, 2018

      the funny part to me is the Police know who the leaker is..but can’t tell anyone.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 24, 2018

        Presumably they could tell the PM if it is in the national interest or threatens parliamentary security.

        • Blazer

           /  August 24, 2018

          I am sure Mallard,the PM,Bridges and the Police know who it is…the threat of self harm by the culprit is an unusual but convenient construct…who has form of mental instability,is connected to National big time and would like to replace Mr Bridges with Judith…hmmmm…now let me ..think..

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