Bridges destabilisation plan underway

Simon Bridges and his team of supporters have started their destabilisation of Bill English.

Last week it was floating the idea of potential rivals decamping to another team, this week it is climate change.

National MPs are looking likely to join a bi-partisan approach to climate change under the leadership of the Greens co-leader, James Shaw.

Last night National’s climate change spokesperson, Todd Muller, said the party was considering supporting a Government move to establish a Climate Change Commission.  

The Commission would be the the authoritative voice on potential climate change damage and possible mitigation issues.

It would write tough new emissions targets into law and thus (theoretically) put them beyond partisan political bickering.

But as recently as a week before the election National’s leader, Bill English, was opposing the idea.

So Muller’s move is the first we have seen since the election which reverses a long-standing party policy.

It also speaks to what is likely to be an increasingly influential role that will be played in the party next year by some of its newer backbench MPs.

Muller and Chris Bishop are National’s two biggest leakers, last week it was Bishop whispering to Richard Harman and this week it is Todd Muller.

By endorsing the Climate Change Commission Muller is signing National up to that target; a radical shift from English’s position.

However, Muller was careful to qualify his statement of support by saying that National’s  primary focus “for the conversations ahead of us is that any transition to a low carbon economy must ensure local communities can adjust and thrive, rather than seeking accolades from the UN.”

Muller knows that he will face push back from some in the caucus and the party. 

“But the Government has signalled it wants an independent climate commission and that it will be informed by the UK model,” he told POLITIK.

“The UK model does at first glance appear to have broad political support.”

Muller said that the Government had signalled it wanted to be bi-partisan and he was open to that.

Why is he open to bi-partisanship? Does he realise he is in the opposition?

National shouldn’t be joining up with this socialist clap-trap, it should be opposing it.

Clearly, Todd Muller isn’t that well read on the fraud that is climate change, he seems to be trying to send National into oblivion. Muller is obviously trying to destabilise Bill English’s leadership, along with several other young pups, including Chris Bishop and another who given his role should be thinking carefully about what he says openly.

From where I am looking at it certainly looks like Todd Muller is an old man in a hurry, blessed with a lack of courage that prevented him from putting his name in the hat years earlier because he wanted a sure thing, he is now being seen as a Simon Bridges hit man as they seek to destabilise Bill English ahead of a challenge in the new year.




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