Peter “Dopey” Goodfellow’s dopey statement about not talking to Colin Craig until the new year means the ninth floor is on the look out for a new president. To give them some help working out what the next president needs to be able to do here are some suggestions.
Fundraising: and not just sell access to rich Chinese. The days of getting $30,000 for selling access to the Prime Minister are not going to be around for much longer if National go into opposition so the new president will have to go back to the good old fashioned hard yards fundraising which means talking to donors on a regular basis and making them feel as if they are something other than Dopey’s ATM.
Campaigning: They will have to show they understand campaigning in the MMP environment and prove that they are successful at running campaigns across their wider region instead of just in safe blue seats. They should be able to show they have won tough seats, and can build teams to win the party vote in red areas.
Local Government: This is the big test of any aspiring National Party President. Local Government is often beneath the dignity of senior members of the National Party, but without good local government candidates and campaigns National will struggle to win seats back from Labour and lift the party vote.
Strong Succession Planning: A good president looks to the future and positions people for the future. They will use local government to build candidates profiles and campaign teams, then help them lift the party vote in their region.
A Straight Bat: The president must be absolutely impartial. They have to follow the constitution and ensure that others follow it too. There is little merit in a president who is known to break the rules trying to enforce the rules. Or a president who has his nose so far up the leader’s backside that the tip is brown.
The current national board have been around for a while, so are well known. Likely contenders for the position of president will feature over the next couple of days. It is safe to say that within 3 years they will all be gone, especially seat warmers that can’t even finish a DomPost crossword before lunchtime.