As many readers will know I am passionate about getting good people into parliament, and admire good politicians even if I oppose them, like that cunning bastard Russel Norman.
Something that has troubled me for years is how many good candidates run for National but never make it into politics, missing out at selection or becoming disillusioned after taking one for the team and getting nothing back from the team so giving up entirely. Too many good people are lost to National by the callous indifference the party hierarchy shows them.
Last January David Farrar suggested that a few of us set up a training program for good people who want to run for National, and with the help of others I have done this. As an extension of this program I am in the process of creating a web site giving an honest opinion on how to win a National selection, how to build a career as a politician and how not to end up having your career wrecked, by National apparatchiks who are too cowardly to stand themselves, by getting you to run in a red seat.
As I have no official role in the party I can be open and honest with answers to questions, and answer based on what is best for the individual, not the small group of people in power now, who donâ€™t care what happens to National in ten or twenty years.
Iâ€™ll post some FAQs later today, but I expect there will be more so please email them in.