A right to know
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).