Go­ing off script

Waikato Times - - Comment & Opinion -

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.

Rob Alexan­der

Ara­puni

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