If thereâ€™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 heâ€™s captured by officials and close to the unions.
Letâ€™s put aside for the moment the 200,000 acres of parkland thatâ€™s now got the Green Talibanâ€™s puppet-mastersÂ Greenpeace calling for his sacking. Â Read more »