National chooses the ‘B’ Team

Yesterday National chose to select the ‘B’ Team. Yes, it is a pun on their names, Bridges and Bennett, but the reality is National really have chosen the B team to lead them.

It could have been worse; they could have chosen the ethically challenged (Sh)Amy Adams, who, I am reliably, informed isn’t taking her rejection well.

Nevertheless, the base has reacted and letters, emails and, more importantly, donation cancellations are flowing.

National have even taken to deleting hostile comments from their Facebook page. The base is not happy and now Simon Bridges has to deal with insurrection as a leader.   

Here is an example of an email one of my readers sent to National MPs:

From: [REDACTED]

To: National MPs

Sent: 27/02/2018 13:43:41

Subject: National Party Leader

The National Party obviously failed to listen to their support base; numerous comments on social media and numerous polls since Bill English resigned suggest majority support for Judith Collins she is the only one with experience in opposition, none of the others have been in Opposition before.

National caucus will now have the same old politically correct and liberal-elite nonsense, and Labour-lite leadership style, they are out of step with their voter base and have consigned themselves to another term in opposition, kiss goodbye to the election in 2020.

Simon Bridges is the continuity leader, the status quo. It seems members of the caucus haven’t yet realised that they lost the election with that behaviour. His constant referencing of his Maori heritage is off-putting, National voters 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, besides he is 81.3% European.

Simon Bridges, murdered vowels, apparent thick enough skin that he’s got no idea how badly he comes across and short fuse to boot; National are guaranteed to lose the will and interest of the public in anything National has to say. They will just switch off. Can’t take him seriously at all.

The National Party just alienated many of the people who have stuck by them. They learnt nothing from post-election where they were are so assuming and arrogant and have continued in the same vein with the election of Simon Bridges as leader.

Will not support or vote for National until such time as they elect a strong leader that will ‘straighten’ the party and move it more towards the centre, preferably centre right. National missed an opportunity not electing Judith Collins.

A now ex National supporter and voter.

Kind regards

[REDACTED]
Waikato

The writer of that email is dead right. National have expected their supporters to suck up far too much, and the leadership choice has finally tipped them over the edge. They could forgive a lot when they were winning, but since the election anger has been growing at the loss by Bill English. Caucus and the party hierarchy have taken diabolical liberties over the years as John Key’s project to be Prime Minister unfolded. Now they’ve had enough.

Bill English and his cronies blamed me over the years for many things, but the reality was I was the canary in the coal mine. I was the one who called them out for their hypocrisy, who took no prisoners and held them to account against the principles of the party. I wasn’t the only one. John Key, Bill English, Peter Goodfellow and their merry bad of idiots slowly but surely drove away good people from the party; all because we held differing opinions and wouldn’t bend the knee or tug the forelock. Now, finally, other party members have realised they’ve been milked, pillaged and taken for granted. The hierarchy assumed that people wouldn’t change their votes, that they would suck it up, and to a certain extent that was right. The party and caucus became a combination of victims of Stockholm Syndrome and Pavlov’s Dogs. Now they will reap what they have sown.

Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett are just the catalyst. I’ve lost count of the number of emails I’ve been copied in on, but I’ve been watching my commenters and watching the comments on National’s Facebook page. A storm has been unleashed and the caucus and hierarchy better batten down the hatches. I’ve never before, in all my years in politics, seen anger like this.

I assume that caucus will continue to ignore the base. They think they are smarter than voters and that just shows the arrogance that has pervaded National under John Key, and especially under Bill English. Thankfully, his malign influence will leave parliament this week, but after 27 years what can he say he actually achieved?

National are in for a rough ride. Until they listen to their members and stop treating them like cash cows to be milked they will remain in opposition.

What caucus and the hierarchy have failed to understand, while their polling has remained above 40 %, is that not voting is a valid option. Once they realise that then National are staring at 2002 all over again. Those of us with long political memories know that 2002 was when National discovered where their real base is; those people who will turn out no matter what. For too long caucus have believed that the base is in the 40% range. They are about to find out it isn’t.


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