‘May-bot’ Amy Adams and her ‘puddle’ of supporters

Amy Adams decided to risk all the questions about her ethics and announce that she is standing for leader of the National party.

She trotted outside and held her standup in the most awful audio conditions, probably to hide her high-pitched voice.

But, what was interesting was what I am going to call her ‘puddle’, since they were representing the wet faction of National.  

Looking for the world like New Zealand’s version of Theresa May, the “May-bot” had the National caucus’s most disliked MP, Nikki Kaye, and National’s biggest leaker, Chris Bishop, along with New Zealand’s favourite grandmother, Maggie Barry, and rounded out by Tim “Nice but Dim” Macindoe. She made mention of climate change several times and bizarrely described herself as a “progressive”, after declaring she held true to all of National’s principles.

Of course, she forgot to mention she handed millions away in paying out David Cullen Bain and Teina Pora, which prove her sopping-wet credentials.

To steal a line from Michael Bassett, in describing Sid Holland, Amy Adams is so shallow you could walk through her deepest thoughts and still have dry ankles.

If your support entails the ‘puddle’ then you really are standing as leader in the wrong party. Of course, the other thing you need is more than four or five votes to get over the line.

She mentioned another sopping-wet Nat, Todd Muller, and praised his work on climate change without even realising that climate change simply isn’t an issue that voters care about.

Hanging your hat on liberal credentials isn’t going to win an election for National. Being Labour-lite won’t make people vote for you.

Amy Adam is the NZ equivalent of Theresa May and I suspect she will ultimately be as disappointing as Theresa May.

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