Today is the day, and yesterday four candidates showed cowardice

Today is the day that National chooses who will replace two-time loser Bill English as leader.

Yesterday there was supposed to be a debate on Radio New Zealand with all five candidates.

Only one candidate showed up. The other four showed abject cowardice.  

If they are afraid of debating Judith Collins then imagine how Labour MPs must feel if they have to confront Judith Collins.

Running and hiding are NOT leadership qualities.

National need a courageous leader not more of the same.

Using the Nikki Kaye method of dodging debate against Jacinda Ardern in order to win won’t cut it at this level. National need to realise, in their caucus, that they lost the last election and that being more Green or more left isn’t the path to victory.

I suspect they will choose more of the same. What will happen then is that National will start to slide in the polls, and then the usual inertia inside National will take place. There will be talk of giving them a chance, not rocking the boat and that staying the course with a loser is the path to victory.

Judith Collins has set the benchmark with which to measure performance, and that is 35%.



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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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