The woman at the centre of ACC leak inquiries had already received a million-dollar-plus insurance payout when she demanded an accident compensation benefit.
Not only had Bronwyn Pullar already received a one million dollar pay out from her insurance company - she had also spent years claiming that they had breached her privacy as well.
I can imagine that every politician in the country would have cringed every time she came near them - knowing they were going to get bailed up and have to listen to her whining. I think John Key said as much earlier in the week when he mentioned that Bronwyn's complaints regarding her accident and ACC were well known to everyone who had met her.
I have known people like this. I met a blogger once - when i went to a blogger's drinks thing with a blogger friend of mine. This woman plonked herself down next to me and i swear to God for 3 hours this woman did not shut up about her back pain, meds that she is on, and all the problems that she has had due to a car accident that she had been in several years earlier. This woman did not know me - yet i got to hear every complaint that she has about her life - starting five minutes after i was introduced to her.
I received invitations to go to this blogger's drinks thing again - for months after - but the thought of eating my own tongue was more pleasant than the prospect of having another conversation with that whining woman. Needless to say - i never made a second appearance at "Blogger's Drinks".
I now understand what Nick Smith was trying to say in the letter that he wrote for her. He was saying - this woman is obsessive and nuts. I don't think she was obsessive and nuts before her accident but she definitely is now - so i am writing this letter in the hope that she will leave me alone - or at least go whine to someone else.
The lesson to be learned from all of this?
Never, ever, ever pay a blackmailer - or give obsessive complainers any more of your time than is absolutely necessary.
Nick Smith should have told her to bugger off.