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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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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