Smug Bill’s strategic screw-up

Smug Bill says that his MPs back him as leader. I’ve got some news for Smug Bill: if you have to say they back you then they really don’t.

But, more importantly, Smug Bill had this to say:

Asked if his own call to “cut out the middle man” in reference to NZ First leader Winston Peters was one of them, he said he did not want to go into the details.

That comment shows he was party to the hit job on Winston Peters.

Worse than that, there are few screw-ups as big as this in NZ political history.

Basically, it cost National the election, and showed that Bill English didn’t have a plan for a path to 61 seats, and still doesn’t.

His MPs need to be asking him and Paula Bennett a very simple question: What is your plan and route to 61 votes in parliament?

That’s it. Forget faffing about “planning for 2020”. No plan will work unless Bill English or any other leadership aspirant can explain what the path is to 61 seats. It is that bloody simple, but it seems it is too complex for Bill English and his caucus to understand.

Smug Bill still has his fingers in his ears… and now he is shouting lalalalalalalalalala as well.


-NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.