Lessons from the Botany Selection

As this blog has predicted, the 60 delegates in Botany made a sensible decision about their candidate, and the likely MP for Botany. Jami-Lee Ross is a proven local body politician with a great work ethic and good fiscal conservative values. He will be a valuable long term addition to the National Party.

National are undergoing selection processes in Northland, Rodney, North Shore and Coromandel where incumbents have stood down. Word is that Tamaki will also see a contested selection if the incumbent does not retire gracefully.

Candidates should think about what happened in Botany and think about what it means for them.

  • Candidates who have proven themselves in a local community are preferred over all others.
  • Celebrity candidates do not wow grizzled old veterans of the National Party, they have to win on merit not celebrity.
  • Negative campaigning never works in selection, nor does spreading malicious and untrue rumours.
    • Self-styled Regional Power Brokers who spread rumours get found out rapidly and this reflects badly on their candidate. It also means they are going to be invited to stay away from the electorate in question forever, and it is hard to broker power when an MP refuses to talk to you because you are two faced, lying scumbag who should be taken out the back and shown the error of their ways.
  • Candidates need to carefully select advisors who are not nasty, negative manipulative losers or bat shit mad. Advisors should be discrete, remain behind the scenes and should have sound endorsements from more than one successful candidate. Reference check carefully.
  • The National Party do not rig selections. Mainly because HQ is really just an admin office and not political, and the President is too useless to rig anything.
  • The PM or Caucus do not support any candidate. So forget spreading that rumour, as you will be ridiculed on this blog and forced to retract your alleged endorsement.
  • Never f*ck with the Whale. EVER. I hear everything and will not be cowed by HQ tosspots. I will speak the truth. I will not be silenced.

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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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