Anne, are you on the right side of the leadership vote?

Anne Tolley had better make sure she is on the right side of the leadership vote on Tuesday, otherwise she may find her political future is shorter than she expects.

A poll conducted in her electorate shows where the loyalties of her voters lie, and it isn’t with the people she has previously supported when she has played the nasty bully in caucus on John Key’s and Bill English’s orders

Jacinda versus… Judith?

The question still remains as to who will be the next leader of the national party.

But according to the results of The Gisborne Herald’s web poll question this week, Judith Collins is the favoured option.  

The question was, “Who do you think would be the best person to lead the National Party?”

The options were Ms Collins, Amy Adams, Simon Bridges, Steven Joyce, Mark Mitchell and other.

Of the 432 votes recorded, the results showed Ms Collins well ahead on 29 percent (127 votes).

The remainder of the votes were evenly spread out but it was a close race for second place with Mr Mitchell as next highest preferred on 16 percent (68).

Mr Joyce followed on 14 percent (62) with Ms Adams closing in at 13 percent (54) and Mr Bridges at 12 percent (50).

There were also 16 percent (71) of respondents who voted ‘other’.

Given that Anne Tolley lost a substantial amount of her majority at the last election to a ute-driving Labour lesbian with a wife, she will be having serious thoughts about her future. The locals don’t want soft, wet party functionaries, and the fact that European farmers chose to vote for a Maori Labour candidate instead of Anne Tolley shows that.

One respondent who was in favour of Ms Collins said: “it is time for National to regain some right-wing credentials.

Collins is the only hope for that to happen”.

Another voter shared that sentiment and said Ms Collins was the only choice — a “no-nonsense politician”.

They are right. Time for the caucus to listen to the base instead of the focus groups.


-Gisborne Herald


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