Going off script
Labour’s Chris Hipkins should have known better in his recent dealings with National’s Simon Bridges. After all, Mr Bridges has a bit of a record for going offscript.
When he ignored convention regarding the appointment of the Speaker, he had prior form. Following a by-election promise to upgrade 10 bridges in Northland, Mr Bridges had conveniently ignored his commitment because it seemed to be in his party’s interests not to follow through. Public good lost out, it appears, in pursuit of party gain. Mr Hipkins should have anticipated last week’s low cunning. Mr Bridges has shown again that he is just the kind of team man his party needs and the sort of politician citizens have reason to mistrust.