October 23, 2018
Dirty politics descends into madness
New Zealand First MP Shane Jones says the Jami-Lee Ross saga shows the consequences of National's continuing dalliance with dirty politics.
Mr Ross is undergoing a mental health assessment at an Auckland hospital unit after an incident at his Botany electorate office on Saturday night.
It followed a week in which he was expelled from National's caucus and released tapes of leader Simon Bridges, including allegations a large donation from a Chinese businessman was concealed and a discussion on whether Indian or Chinese list MP's were of more value to the party.
Mr Jones says the damage to National is self-inflicted and comes from Mr Bridges' decision to instigate an inquiry into the leak of his travel expenses.
It's a reminder of the sort of tactics exposed in Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics.
"This a playbook that I think lots of kiwis have seen before so I think a fair bit of cleaning up required" Mr Jones says.
A lot will now depend on whether the police look into the donation and whether it came with an expectation of political influence.
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