Jami-Lee Ross announced at the start of the week he was going to resign and stand in the resulting by-election.
By week’s end he’d changed his tune.
He’s now not going to resign.
He can justify that as much as he likes but you don’t have to be a cynic to think he’s realised that he wouldn’t win the seat as an independent, that he’d lose his MP’s income, and that the prospects of anyone else wanting to employ him are infinitesimal.
If he can’t win he has nothing to lose which leaves the National caucus with another conundrum.
Could it, should it, get Ross kicked out of parliament under the waka jumping legislation against which it argued so vehemently?
Or should it ignore him in the knowledge that if he stays he could carry on scatter-bombing, hurting untold other people and his former party, under the protection of parliamentary privilege?
A man who knows he can’t win and is unemployable has nothing to lose.