Iâ€™ve told the truth about how inept National is atÂ training candidates, and how useless their candidate collegeÂ is. This is supported by the stupidity in not training
campaign teams in electorates properly, or at all.
Last cycle National were useless at selecting candidates,Â with the myopic president saying â€śwe are too busyÂ governingâ€ť to select candidates in 2010 like Labour did.
Unfortunately for the president the party has no role inÂ governing, so this excuse is either a lie, or the statementÂ of an exceptionally stupid man.
So National offered their standard day long training inÂ Wellington for campaign teams in early February, before manyÂ of the candidates had been selected. Despite knowing theÂ election would be in late 2011 National didnâ€™t haveÂ candidates selected, so many campaign teams missed out onÂ the training session. Not that the training session offeredÂ much by all accounts anyway, it was more just a series ofÂ peacocks preening in front of a captive audience.
With such a large caucus National should delegate some ofÂ the better campaigners to help build the grass rootsÂ campaign of the party. The man I would like to see lead thisÂ is my oldest friend in caucus, good fiscal conservative andÂ MP for Coromandel, Scott Simpson.
Scott has been around campaigns for as long as I canÂ remember, including the by-election in East Coast Bays whereÂ Muldoon stitched up Brash. He taught me much of what I knowÂ about the negative side of campaigning, and isnâ€™t afraidÂ of breaking a few laws to even things up when Labour areÂ breaking laws, unlike the squeamish beltway faux warriors inÂ National. The Eden campaign of 1987 was a study in practicalÂ campaigning, where I learned a huge amount about the law of
the jungle from the current MP for Coromandel.
Lets see Scott take responsibility for training an entireÂ generation of National activists.