Is Simon Bridges really a future National leader? Ctd

If there’s one thing a Prime Minister has to be recognised for, it is being on top of their portfolios.

Helen Clark and Heather Simpson were all over ministerial portfolios like a rash. John Key is likewise at the top of the game, and while preferring a more managerial style, he certainly expects his Ministers to deliver on the workload expected of someone earning over $260,000 a year.

Leadership candidates need that sort of reputation to come through strongly right from the start.

In this ongoing series, we explore the push to have Simon Bridges positioned as a future leader of the National Party, and look at some of the criticisms coming through about Bridges, including the view that he’s captured by officials and close to the unions.

Let’s put aside for the moment the 200,000 acres of parkland that’s now got the Green Taliban’s puppet-masters Greenpeace calling for his sacking.  

That mess won’t imbue him with National’s Blue Greens, who are now seething at having to explain that the park didn’t have schedule 4 status.  We all know explaining is losing.

Let’s look at Simon Bridges handing of the Labour portfolio. National party members hoped that he would be a breath of fresh air after the shambolic tenure of Comrade Kate Wilkinson.

There’s a growing perception within the National party rank and file that Bridges is captured by the unions – just as Comrade Kate was. Party insiders are frustrated that National’s much touted changes to the Employment Relations Act have gone no-where fast.

For 6 years National’s supporters have patiently waited for changes. The question they rightly ask is whether Simon Bridges will continue to pander to the unions or will he HTFU and see though changes that in his own words will ensure more fairness, flexibility and clarity.

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  • Night Stick

    Not a future leader, a Bridge to nowhere sadly.

    • History of Violence

      A Bridge over the river stupid.

      • dumbshit

        maybe a bridge between mouth and brain!

  • Barney

    Poor old Simone is as weak as piss and has been totally misled by his underlings. I cant believe the bullshite he waffles on about in parliament only to flounder miserably when it comes to following through with the ERA amendments. I can see lawyer Simone heading up the Public Defenders department of 1(no one else wants the job) in the BOP once he gets spat out of politics as a non performer!

  • Monty

    Bridges lost me at the “close to unions”
    The only reason why I like a pollie being close to a union is so he / she can punch them on the nose.

  • Grandstream

    So the green taliban think Bridges is a liability, so they want him sacked…..idiots ! If he is a liability, then surely in election year you would want him front and center with foot in mouth (exhibit A – Cunliffe, dotcom, hone). You would think the last thing the greens would want is someone competent in charge of the that portfolio in election year……

  • Vlad

    He seems a nice enough kid, but no way a future leader. Thankfully National has plenty of outstanding candidates for leadership although they have VERY big shoes to fill come the day.

    • botti

      There’s no way you can replace Key. I suspect Bridges will be leader at some point, he looks the part which is important for female voters.

    • Sym Gardiner

      Like who? All that are there will be like John Major was to Maggie. No one really stands out at the moment.

      • kehua

        Mark Mitchell, give him a couple of Terms and you will see a new Leader emerging.

  • Dave_1924

    Simple Question 1: When you look at and listen to Simon Bridges do you think Leader?
    Simple Question 2: When you listen to Simon Bridges talk does he sound like he knows what his talking about and does that make you feel confident in him?

    If your answer to those two questions is NO. Then you are in the same camp as me – he is not leadership material. He reminds me of a nerdy 3rd former – harsh probably not fair to him but thats the way I view him…

    • Con the Neo

      If you answer NO to EITHER of those questions.

      • Dave_1924

        Fair call Neo – typed in a hurry and no read before posting..

  • thor42

    Bridges goes with leadership like tomato sauce goes with ice-cream.

  • Cowgirl

    Too much of a hothead

  • bassy

    talking loud and saying nothing. insignificant in everything he has to say and it is without conviction. the nats really have a future leader here. i say stick with the jobber simon because as the teflon wears off john key, the crude oil slick of bridges will rise to the top

  • LesleyNZ

    Nor sure why Simon Bridges is being targeted like this. He is alright.