National’s new leader is Simon Bridges

National’s caucus has made their first big error: they’ve selected Simon Bridges as leader.

We can all look forward to him referring to himself in the third person for the foreseeable future.

And, from National’s twitter account, it looks like Paula Bennett is deputy:  

What a bunch of fools. Two Maori MPs, one who can’t speak English and one who has more skeletons in her closet than Auckland Medical School.

National certainly look like they have abandoned their base. Already there are poor attendances at AGMs and reports are that last night one Auckland seat had to abandon their meeting because it lacked a quorum.

The members will rebel now. You ignore your base at your peril. When the polls start dropping, and they will, then National are going to find themselves in a dark hole.

One thing is certain: there will be another leadership vote before the next election.

Live feed for the press conference:

A reader emailed me a copy of his email to Paul Goldsmith:

Dear Paul Goldsmith,

I don’t know who you voted for today, but the caucus voted for the wrong person for leader and deputy leader in our opinion.

You and national will not be able to count on our support in Epsom via the ballot box nor for any financial support.

It looks to us as though National deliberately want to lose power and any up coming elections.

The decision today is beyond stupid.

It appears from the outside that the caucus put themselves and National above New Zealanders and what is good for the country.

With the back stabbing of Israeli at the UN last year, we can’t in good faith support National any longer.



Looking at the comments below it seems National MPs are going to suffer a massive backlash.

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