If anyone had a case for saying their job made them mad it would be MPs.
They work long hours in an unnatural environment surrounded by Alpha personality types knowing every misstep is likely to end up in the media. Most have to live away from their families and when they go home they have to deal with electorate duties. Even Wellington based MPs spend a lot of time travelling round the rest of the country – and further afield.
To make matters worse they’re surrounded by people who are may be as much rivals as allies and not all your enemies are on the other side.
It’s a high pressured and unnatural life and it would be understandable if that had an detrimental impact on their mental health.
If it did, it wouldn’t be helpful if colleagues started publicly questioning your state of mind.
I agree with Inventory 2 who said:
The personal attacks on Carter and the innuendo around his mental health reflect very poorly on Labour in our humble opinion.
This isn’t the first time Labour, which prides iteslf on its sensitivity, has been less than sensitive over mental illness. Regardless of my state of mind, that strategy would definitely make me mad – at least in the sense of being furious.
UPDATE: Apropos of attacks getting personal, Kiwiblog has a post on the post deleted from Red Alert.