Why are National Party conferences so boring?

This weekend is the National Party conference in Auckland. In the last five years conference has become dead boring, as the parliamentary wing has shut down any real discussion, so it is just ministers lecturing the conference from the stage.

This makes it about as much fun as a day and a half long school assembly, and with the board being unwilling or unable to stand up to the parliamentary wing this years conference is going to be so boring delegates would be well advised to bring a smart phone so they can surf while being lectured, or take an awful lot of precautionary recreational drugs.

About the only debate inside the venue that will have some life will be the Young Nats adoption remit, though the party hierarchy are already marshaling forces to try and hose this down from what I hear.

Leaving the only really interesting thing likely to happen is Sue Bradford and John Minto and a few of their rowdy mates might run a protest. John and Sue this time please work out which part of the venue you should invading as invading the wrong side of the venue just makes everyone think protesters are really, really stupid, not just smelly, dirty, uncouth and stupid.

UPDATE: Worse…just found out the dinner is a freakin’ smorgasbord FFS.


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