National’s Candidates College

The National Party have finally got off their collective arses and are holding a candidates college meeting in the next few days. I have had the agenda since it was first sent out and it is dull and boring, a bit like the party wing leadership.

Candidates College attendees should be very careful running for National in the next cycle. They will not get in on the list, and they will not enhance their political career by running in a red seat that they lose. National will not help their careers, will not help them gain blue seat selection in the future, and running in a red seat will count against a candidate.

Candidates should think through whether they are running for office because they want to run for office, or because they want to sit around a cabinet table making decisions. If you run in a red seat you will not have any influence on policy, and will likely never have any influence on policy. If you just like campaigning and don’t mind a fisting from the voting public and your own party then, by all means, run for National in a red seat.

If you want to sit around cabinet pick and choose your seats, and win selection only in a blue seat.


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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.

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