Simon Bridges’ Principled Stand on the referendum

I have repeatedly pointed out that National is going to be the Natural Party of Opposition if MMP is retained as the electoral system. Finally a National MP has taken a stand, with Simon Bridges in the NBR putting a case for electoral reform.

Everyone in National knows that long term they are screwed under MMP, but they are all terrified of saying anything because they fear the PM and Steven Joyce. This is an irrational fear as the MP that got the highest promotion on the list was the MP that publically opposed Nationals positions, Auckland Central’s Nikki Kaye.

Regular readers know I don’t subscribe to Nikki Kaye’s political philosophy but I do admire her principles and her principled approach to issues. She has not been afraid to dissent from National’s party line, and by speaking her mind and following her conscience she has been promoted.

Other MPs who are languishing on the back benches should think about this and take the same approach as Nikki and now Simon Bridges. The party rewards shepherds not sheep.


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