Muted parliamentary attacks explained
"As people will understand," says Dr Brash, "this is a very difficult time for me and my family. I ask that the media respect our need for privacy." I hope they do. And I trust the Labour Party does as well.
UPDATE 1: For those of you who find my comments above a little cryptic, a libertarian colleague makes everything crystal clear:
Well it seems Trevor Mallard has made good on his threat to "dish up the dirt." Labour must be getting desperate to resort to the "mutually assured destruction" political doctrine. The timing is cynical plotting in the extreme: choosing when to destroy a marriage must give one a "special" sense of power. The voting public might well be disgusted with Labour by this tactic. A very sad day for NZ democracy that we have sunk to the gutter.Exactly.
UPDATE 2: Darnton's comment is perfect, and right on the button:
Just bloody typical. Labour are on the ropes and so National goes for it’s own jugular. Hopeless.
Although this event was precipitated by Brian Connell, and no doubt Labour are thankful for that, it was precipitated out of an atmosphere of filth created by Mallard et al with the express intention of causing a diversion from their already very public wrongdoing.
LINKS: Statement from Don Brash re request for privacy - Don Brash, Scoop
Unparliamentary punishment - Not PC (Peter Cresswell)
Labour's threat: We'll dish the dirt - NZ Herald
Trev's filthy fingerprints - Bernard Darnton