On Friday night, National list MP Jo Hayes sent a verbally abusive tweet to ex-Labour candidate Jeremy Greenbrook-Held. Despite this, National leader Simon Bridges has stated that Hayes will not be punished.
Hayes’ tweet was in response to Greenbrook-Held’s five-month-old photo celebrating his graduation. Her tweet said the following:
OMG Youre such a nasty person and I hope that people checking you out for future work will visit your twitter page and see how ugly you really are [sic],” the tweet said.
Note the amazing grammar there. Also, can I emphasise the part where Greenbrook-Held’s original tweet was a) five months old, and b) about his graduation?!?!?
Anyway, when questioned about it, Bridges said the following:
The thing I would say is there is a world of difference… between a Member of Parliament and a minister,” Bridges, National Party leader, told Magic Talk’s Peter Williams.
Now don’t get me wrong, there are some things that are clearly beyond the pale for MPs and require significant disciplinary reaction… Ministers though, it seems to me, are held to a much higher standard.
Bridges’ argument is that because Hayes isn’t a minister, it’s not a big deal that she verbally abused someone.
What. The. Hell.