When oppositions obtain information that governments wish to control, the Beehive response is highly personal and emotional, especially when it disrupts an announcement central to its agenda.

For those responsible for the planned announcement, there is a sense of shock, even violation, and of having let the side down. There is a thirst for revenge. This is not a good state in which to make rational decisions.

After Simon Bridges released Budget titbits last Tuesday, it appears a near-immediate decision was made somewhere in Wellington to invent a story that the Treasury had been hacked, to make a spurious