Why was Jacinda briefed by Mallard?

It turns out that Trevor Mallard, who is supposed to be independent of all political parties in his role as Speaker actually briefed the prime minister before announcing he was cancelling his inquiry: Quote:

RNZ revealed at 6 am on Friday that the text had been sent the week before, Bridges had a standup at about 9.30 am and revealed he had referred the text to the police, Ardern made her comments about the National Party at about 10 am, Mallard spoke to Simon Bridges at 11.30 am, Mallard spoke to the Prime Minister at 11.45 am, and he issued his statement cancelling the inquiry about 12.45 pm.

Brownlee said if Mallard knew who the person was who leaked the document and sent the texts, he should tell National.

“He has made it very clear that his concerns are about the well-being of the individual concerned and we would share that concern and want to do something about it.”?End quote.

Gerry makes a good point. The role of Speaker has nothing whatsoever to do with the prime minister. Why was she briefed??Quote:

Brownlee did not believe there would resistance among the caucus to National conducting its own investigation about the leak with a forensic specialist.

“Most MPs are pretty incensed that the Speaker has gone out and effectively pointed the finger at our caucus and made a couple of pretty serious accusations ? one of extreme disloyalty and another of a problematic mental illness.” End quote.

The only valid reason why Mallard would cancel the inquiry is if he knows categorically who the leaker was. If he does know then he should inform Simon Bridges.

That leaves the only possibility for cancelling the inquiry as a political decision designed to hurt the opposition leader.

I’d say that matters are going to come to a head when parliament resumes next week. Confidence in the Speaker will be non-existant.