Of course they won’t use the waka jumping law, they’d confirm what a bunch of hypocrites they really are

The National party would be viewed, rightly, as a bunch of hypocrites if they decided to use the waka jumping law to rid parliament of Jami-Lee Ross.

After arguing against it they can hardly use it now: Quote:

As Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross remains in an Auckland mental health facility, the National Party is viewed as unlikely to use the waka-jumping law to force him out of Parliament.

Ross was picked up by police on Sunday and sectioned to a facility, according to a source who said Ross was “not in good shape” and felt “terribly alone”.

It follows a turbulent week of Ross trading insults and accusations with the National Party, and an admission from Ross of extra-martial affairs – including with a married MP. End quote.

After National pushed Ross into a corner. Up until they threw him under the bus a deal could have been done but Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett had already locked and loaded on the hit job to destroy him. Not two days later, after pushing him into a corner they unloaded with their pre-arranged sex scandal from a bunch of Bridges’ staffers and his former “Wellington Wife” of three years.  Quote:

Although he said he had a breakdown at the start of the month after being accused of harassment, Ross said last week that he was healthy, most recently on Friday, when he said he was “okay right now”.

He pushed back against comments from National leader Simon Bridges and deputy leader Paula Bennett about his mental health, saying his doctor had called them both to say that he was healthy. End quote.

That isn’t actually true, and Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett know that. They are literally dancing on the head of a pin and text messages between them, Ross and Ross’s wife would prove that is not the case. They knew, on that fateful Monday afternoon that there was a real risk of this ending up where it did. Quote:

Ross wanted to keep his Botany seat and use it to keep criticising the National Party, leading to questions about whether the party might use the waka-jumping law to force Ross out of Parliament.

But that would mean swallowing all of the party’s vehement opposition to the law; Bridges himself called it “repugnant to democracy”.

Otago University law professor Andrew Geddis said that the party had a case to use the law, but he considered it unlikely.

No political party is going to force an unwell MP who is undergoing treatment out of Parliament. They just aren’t,” Geddis wrote on the Pundit blog. End quote.

I don’t know about that. Senior Nats were joking about it in the caucus room last Tuesday, senior and close to Bridges. They really are stupid enough to try. Quote:

To use the law, Bridges would have to give Ross 21 working day’s notice, and then need a two-thirds majority in caucus to support him. He would then notify the Speaker, who would vacate the seat and force a byelection.

Bridges would have to prove that Ross had distorted parliamentary proportionality but, according to Geddis, Bridges would have legal precedent on his side; in 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that Donna Awatere-Huata satisfied this condition when she was expelled from the Act Party. End quote.

Except the Nats stuffed that up by writing to the Speaker, who gleefully took advantage of their mistake and declared Ross an independent.

Let’s see what the journalists turn up in coming days. Things are very untidy for the National party right now, and it all could have been avoided. That’s the real shame of it all.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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