A right to know

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

The Jami-Lee Ross de­ba­cle has once more high­lighted the cosy setup whereby the Press Gallery cov­ers up for adul­ter­ous MPs. This needs to stop. Politi­cians rou­tinely ex­ploit their mar­riages and fam­i­lies as part of their mar­ket­ing strat­egy.

Politi­cians mar­ket on char­ac­ter: that makes their adul­tery fair game for the press. Vot­ers have the right to know if they’re be­ing asked to vote for a ly­ing sleaze­ball. An MP who be­trays his or her spouse and fam­ily is demon­stra­bly un­trust­wor­thy. If their wed­ding vows mean noth­ing to them, why should we trust them to hon­our their par­lia­men­tary oath? As Si­mon Bridges has just dis­cov­ered, in­di­vid­u­als with no ethics in their pri­vate life have no in­tegrity in their pro­fes­sional life.

Mean­while, the mar­ried fe­male MP who’s been cheat­ing with JamiLee Ross re­mains anony­mous. Steve Danby, Mel­rose [abridged]


Isaac Burt, of St Teresa’s School, at the Poppy Places site in Feather­ston Ceme­tery (file photo).

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