I‚Äôve told the truth about how inept National is at¬†training candidates, and how useless their candidate college¬†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,¬†with the myopic president saying ‚Äúwe are too busy¬†governing‚ÄĚ to select candidates in 2010 like Labour did.
Unfortunately for the president the party has no role in¬†governing, so this excuse is either a lie, or the statement¬†of an exceptionally stupid man.
So National offered their standard day long training in¬†Wellington for campaign teams in early February, before many¬†of the candidates had been selected. Despite knowing the¬†election would be in late 2011 National didn‚Äôt have¬†candidates selected, so many campaign teams missed out on¬†the training session. Not that the training session offered¬†much by all accounts anyway, it was more just a series of¬†peacocks preening in front of a captive audience.
With such a large caucus National should delegate some of¬†the better campaigners to help build the grass roots¬†campaign of the party. The man I would like to see lead this¬†is my oldest friend in caucus, good fiscal conservative and¬†MP for Coromandel, Scott Simpson.
Scott has been around campaigns for as long as I can¬†remember, including the by-election in East Coast Bays where¬†Muldoon stitched up Brash. He taught me much of what I know¬†about the negative side of campaigning, and isn‚Äôt afraid¬†of breaking a few laws to even things up when Labour are¬†breaking laws, unlike the squeamish beltway faux warriors in¬†National. The Eden campaign of 1987 was a study in practical¬†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 entire¬†generation of National activists.