After Dirty Politics John Key made a mistake, which has led to him bailing. That was to let the carping and whinging of the leftwing dictate who he should and shouldn’t speak to.
The leftwing and Media party are doing it again and rolling out Nicky Hager, who wasn’t relevant in 2014, and still isn’t relevant, and letting him dictate to National’s caucus who should or shouldn’t be leader of National.
Ms Collins, Deputy Prime Minister Bill English and Health Minister Jonathan Coleman have all put themselves forward for the party’s leadership, after Mr Key announced his resignation on Monday.
Mr Hager said it would be risky for National to appoint Ms Collins as leader a year before an election, and that communication between her and right-wing attack blogger Cameron Slater, revealed in the book Dirty Politics last year, were damaging.
“Most of it was very petty – nasty little conversations about who they hated and making up little petty names about her political colleagues in Parliament – but sometimes it was actually much more unpleasant than that.”