In the latest dramatic turn in the NZ National Party leak scandal, whistleblower Jamie Lee-Ross has been pushed too far. His alleged “mental fragility” came to light back on October 2 and Simon Bridges stated his “self imposed” leave had nothing to do with the developing Expenses Leak investigation:
According to sources quoted by the NZ Herald, National MPs were warned not push Ross too far. It seems they disregarded this advice.
As a family man myself, my heart goes out to Jamie Lee-Ross and his family.
“Jami-Lee Ross has been sectioned to an Auckland mental health facility, following a tumultuous week in which he traded insults and allegations with the National Party and came clean to his wife about extra-marital affairs.
Ross was taken in by police on Sunday afternoon, and a source close to Ross told the Herald that Ross was “not in good shape” and “had been sectioned … people who go willingly aren’t sectioned”.
Under the Mental Health Act, a person can be sectioned to a safe place against their will and given treatment if their safety is considered at risk.
It follows a week of unprecedented political turbulence in which Ross, a former member of the National caucus’ senior team, quit the National Party, was expelled from caucus, traded insults and accusations with Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett, and admitted to extra-marital affairs that have rocked his marriage to Lucy Schwaner, with whom he has two children.
It is understood the National Party is continuing to offer Ross support, though it is unclear it if was involved in Ross’ admission to the facility….” (More at source link above)
My question is: Was Lee-Ross deliberately pushed as revenge for his revelations of National Party corruption?
Was this an expedient way to get Lee-Ross out of the picture…drive him over the brink and get him sectioned?
Considering Lee-Ross’s involvement in this corruption, was it this that caused his mental anguish as revealed on October 2nd in the first place? It seems honesty/conscience and politics are generally incompatible bedfellows!
David Cormack of the Draper Cormack Group, commented:
“I’m not so naive to think that all political parties other than National are squeaky clean, but nothing like this has been laid bare. And recent indiscretions by Labour Party Ministers were dealt with publicly. Not covered up.
John Key was clearly papering over some pretty despicable people. The MPs who have put all their filth on display were all present when Key was there.
One former National Party member and wonderful rank-and-file soldier said to me that they would be not be renewing their membership. They said that they feel “like the centre of the party is rotten, or rather it probably always was.” They went on to say that “because of Bridges’ Broacracy, National is presumably going to lose support from anyone with a vague sense of decency.”
After stepping down, Key was asked what his biggest disappointment was as PM. It wasn’t the increasing inequality, or the large numbers of people sleeping in cars, or the housing crisis that locked young people out of home ownership. It was the failure to change the flag. They don’t seem to care about people.”
(And ps: the motivation for Key to change the flag was to please China. and yes financial incentive was involved) MH.