It has been a momentous and important week for National Party leader Simon Bridges.

He has been managing a political play that from the outset had the potential to destroy someone's career, that of Secretary Treasury Gabriel Makhlouf or, as it appeared at one point, his own.

Clearly he had a plan to make as much capital as possible from a gaping hole in Treasury's defences to keep the 2019 Budget confidential. There is nothing wrong with that.


Bridges had been delivered a remarkable weapon by the enterprising staff member who discovered parts of the Budget through an ordinary