Those very nice trustworthy political operators are just putting the facts out there.
Recently after a transparent review and reallocation of Vote Health funding to address problem gambling, contestable funding was removed from The Problem Gambling Foundation to the Salvation Army, apparently on the simple premise the Salvos made a better case.
Definitely nothing to see here but hang on how did that play out.
Poster boy for anger management programs, ex school teacher, vendor of complementary tickets on Trademe, convicted thug, allround bovverboy and Member of Parliament for Hutt South immediately hit on the media with the allegation this funding denial and reallocation was all because the Problem Gambling Foundation had opposed the Sky City convention center deal that increased the Casino's poker machine cap.
His erstwhile leader immediately followed with his favoured weapon for personal foot shooting (the season was recently extended) and tweeted his support for that allegation.
Only one little inconvenient truth stood in the way of this latest charge of the government using its powers to punish opponents.
Simple fact is that the Sallies had equally opposed the Skycity deal along with the PGF.
So perhaps a bit of digging might reveal what triggered this self immolation.
Well well well who might have been an insider to alert the occupier of the Herne bay "do up" and his ferocious Doberman, now defanged and minus some jewels.
A leading suspect might well be the National health manager for Problem Gambling Foundation and apparent possible job seeker, non other than one Tony Milne, recently nominated NZLP candidate for ChCH central, protegee of a past MP for that seat and now "the man" at Party HQ and along with Milne rainbow faction member, Tim Barnett.
Of course Mallard, Cunliffe, Milne, Barnett et al are merely hard working political operatives doing their jobs with no manipulation, half truths, falsehoods, self interest and not a glass of milk yet revealed.