National’s next leader – let’s play!

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Talk about Bill English not surviving the BBQ season refuses to lie down.

Political commentator Ben Thomas says English is in a position where he can remain as long as he wants: “He won 44.6 per cent of the vote in the general election and in the last week of polls was the country’s preferred Prime Minister. The decision whether to go is his alone.”

RNZ political editor Jane Patterson says English’s leadership is secure, at least while the polls remain in his favour.

“If, and when things start to slide, there might be some leadership rumbles. With a huge backbench like that, there’s going to be more competition with more time on their hands,” she says.

“It will be a challenge for English to keep 56 MPs, a great number of whom have been ministers, occupied and not thinking about challenges.”

And so with the help of Patterson, Thomas and commentator, Dr Bryce Edwards, we dive into National’s list to assess the potential candidates to one day lead the blue team.

Who do you want to see as National’s next leader?  And why?


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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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