The “Save Joyce” campaign and Amy Adams

Far from being the claimed “generational change” Amy Adams has garnered support from the old guard who are seeking to preserve the McCully/Boag/English dynasty by using her as a proxy.

She is now seen by caucus as the status quo campaign, endorsed by the wets and the old guard.

Amy Adams, yesterday, again reiterated her “progressive” credentials signalling a continuation of the liberal project in National. That is why you have seen public pandering to Maori and constant mention of climate change from both Simon Bridges and Amy Adams.  

They have forgotten their base and, certainly, are ignoring polls showing that neither of those two topics are important to the majority of voters, especially the National party base.

They are trying to out-virtue-signal Jacinda Ardern. Their problems are that Simon Bridges mauls the English language worse than Jacinda Ardern and Amy Adams has a face like a dropped pie.

Most concerning, though, is the interference of the board in the leadership battle. Two key players have emerged – Peter Goodfellow and Andrew Hunt  who are canvassing MPs and imploring them to support Amy Adams.

The reason they give is that Steve Joyce needs to be protected from any scrutiny over the election loss and retained in a powerful ego-saving position in the shadow cabinet. Their claims are that the intellectual property on campaigning inside Joyce’s head is too valuable to lose by embarrassing the list MP with a low ranking in any new team moving forward.

That raises more questions than it answers. Why has the board not moved to document campaign plans and ideas? Why is the intellectual property remaining with Steve Joyce?

Amy Adams’ candidacy is designed to protect the old guard and that is why they have pushed Nikki Kaye and Chris Bishop to the fore, to try to cover their tracks.

If the National caucus wants the same old politically correct and liberal-elite nonsense, and Labour-lite leadership style, then they should, by all means, vote for Amy Adams.

If they want a return to the core beliefs of the National party then they should choose someone else. Amy Adams is the continuity candidate, the status quo. It seems members of the caucus haven’t yet realised that they lost the election with that behaviour.

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