National's next leader?

Yesterday’s post dealt with the heavy weights. Today’s looks at the up and coming ministers.

Jonathan Coleman – Head boy of Auckland Grammar so a real talent. Perhaps hasn’t made as much impact in parliament as expected but hasn’t been noticed in a portfolio pinkos get excited about so must be doing a good job.


  • Good operator, sensible and not too prone to making mistakes, following the Helen Clark approach of not pissing anyone off
  • Solid performer since entering parliament


  • Mate of McCully
  • Got whacked in a tobacco company corporate box when at a concert with Simon Power
  • Hasn’t really registered on the public consciousness
  • Hasn’t made friends with enough MPs to get half of caucus to vote for him

Paula Bennett – A top notch operator who is proving she is electable by winning a seat that is red. Labour no longer go her in the house because she smacks back hard.


  • Very electable, very likable and bloody hard working on the campaign trail
  • Hunts pigs
  • Great personal story meaning she can say to bludgers “I’ve done it so why can’t you”


  • Mate of McCully
  • Hasn’t hunted pigs for ages and has weight issues related to not charging around the bush after some dogs and carrying out pigs
  • Needs to stop wearing haute couture and stick to  leopard skin
  • Following the McCully theory hasn’t really done enough with other members of caucus to get them to vote for her
  • Not many pig hunters are major donors to the National Party

Nathan Guy – A good keen man who has a lot of friends in National.


  • lots of mates, always good to have a beer with unless his missus tells him to come home
  • wins a lot of votes through hard work and being a good bloke
  • reminds long time National members of a young Jim Bolger
  • Runs a good electorate operation and is regarded as having the best interests of National at heart


  • Eyebrows
  • Wears Parliamentary Rugby Team blazer when he is long retired
  • Not much profile with the public and limited chances to raise his profile
  • Former councillor so might get the local government portfolio

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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