You missed nothing at the conference. With the exception of a good speech by Joyce giving a big FU to the Greens and Key’s usual Sunday razzledazzle it was utter claptrap. Every speech that Peter Goodfellow and Greg Hamilton gave consisted of how good they were and how National is doing so well. The highlight was the awkward looks of delegates when Goodfellow’s speech talked about how “National finally understands the MMP environment” that “the 2011 election result was the best ever for National under MMP” and that things couldn’t be better. (You should get a copy of his speech and post it on your blog so people can judge for themselves.)
Seriously, how can we have these twits running things and trusting them to keep Labour out of office? We have a single seat majority and since 2005 have ensured there is no viable coalition party for National to turn to. What’s worse is not a single question was asked of the President or the GM during the media excluded AGM.
I remember when members actually felt confident enough to quiz the party about its direction. Rather than campaign managers jumping down people’s throat for being the devils advocate or keeping those in charge on their toes, maybe the party should allow and indeed encourage constructive feedback from members. It works for companies, but somehow it’s no longer “the done thing” in National.
Boards that believe their own BS are a house of cards waiting to fall. Wasn’t that why the finance companies all did so well?
Your faithful delegate.