Kāpiti writer Mandy Hager has warned us that Dirty Politics is back with a vengeance — and Judith Collins.
Mandy says as the Jami-Lee Ross saga unfolds, it’s important to remember that his name first drew attention in Nicky Hager’s 2014 book ‘Dirty Politics.’
In the book, Nicky shows how backroom wheeler-dealer Simon Lusk manipulated Ross’s selection as a National Party candidate for Botany, with help from his attack dog Cameron Slater, who, in turn, is at the beck and call of Judith Collins.
The cast of 2018’s Dirty Politics
Now, according to Newsroom’s Thomas Coughlan, in his October 17 article Jami-Lee Ross and the shadow of Dirty Politics, a National Party source has revealed that Lusk’s “handprints are all over this.”
Despite Lusk refusing te trying to hide the blood on her hands.
She’s been patient, working hard at rehabilitating her image after the fallout of ‘Dirty Politics’, but you can bet she goes to bed every night dreaming of the day she finally takes the crown.
Trust her at your peril. o confirm or deny this, it’s clear Jami-Lee Ross has a bigger agenda than just getting his face in the news. He’s been privileged by National for a long time now, from a junior to senior whip in Parliament, protected by Party-backed gagging clauses that could reveal his unctuous misogyny, privy to every dirty deal that’s gone on behind closed doors. With all this ammunition, I can only assume he plans to keep leaking it out, slowly eroding all those who he feels have stood in his way.
Coughlan wrote of the link to 2014’s Dirty Politics again on October 18th, stating: Lusk was not the only figure from 2014 to make a surprise reappearance. The New Zealand Herald unveiled the man behind the $10,000 donation initially made in the name of the Cathedral Club as Aaron Bhatnagar. Bhatnagar is also mates with Cameron Slater. And Lusk is also responsible for advising Rodney MP Mark Mitchell, an ex-mercenary with a dubious past.
Knowing Ross’ association with Lusk, Bhatnagar, Slater (and, therefore, by default, Collins), it’s highly likely the lady herself is lurking in the background, the grand dame of puppet-string pullers, helping plot this upending of Simon Bridges while trying to hide the blood on her hands. She’s been patient, working hard at rehabilitating her image after the fallout of ‘Dirty Politics’, but you can bet she goes to bed every night dreaming of the day she finally takes the crown. Trust her at your peril.