Bridges mauled by Guyon Espiner on Red Radio

Yesterday Simon Bridges went on Red Radio to talk with Guyon Espiner and what happened next was a disaster.

Espiner openly mocked him, laughing in his face and calling him out on his virtue signalling.

Bridges is showing that he is ill prepared for this leadership challenge and clearly has not prepared a plan, much less a strategy, to win.  

His constant referencing of his Maori heritage is off-putting and National members are well aware that, despite spending literally billions of dollars settling claims for Maori and implementing billions more via Whanau Ora, Maori simply do not vote for National.

It is ridiculous to bang on about Maori heritage and Te Reo when you are standing for the leadership of the National party. In the same way that Amy Adams is claiming her “progressive” credentials – it is beyond stupid to pitch that at MPs.

Frankly speaking, Simon Bridges can barely speak English so I’d hate to hear what his Te Reo is like.

Mind you, the MPs seem intent on ignoring the membership, and although the caucus vote process is much swifter than getting membership feedback it is a brave MP who ignores his members in his electorate. That is how challenges germinate.

So far only one candidate has focused on who the real target is: the Labour party. The others look like they haven’t a clue, or are being put up by the old guard to protect their positions. This, of course, is highly ironic as it was Bill English who claimed, along with Michelle Boag, that they would clean out the dead wood in 2002.



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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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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