The National Party board election is coming up soon, and as previously mentioned all round good guy and burner of the midnight oil Grant McCullum is leaving, much to the disappointment of the night owls in the party.
The three contenders for the board are Stephen McElrea, Andrew Hunt and Glenda Hughes.
All three have real strengths, though the National Party board has been lacking in political low bastardry since my oldest friend in caucus, Scott Simpson, traded his board position in to become MP for Coromandel. Since Scott has left the Board has lacked the kind of rat cunning that political parties really need.
There are a number of MPs that have outstayed their welcome in caucus and need to be moved on, and the current board doesn’t look like it has anyone who will be able to sidle up to an MP and say “Lindsay old chap, it might be time for you to go and spend some more time with your family”. To do this the board member has to have the support of the PM, or the whispers can be safely ignored. Read more »