An email from a reader

Matthew Newman writes to me about the leadership change in National:

Greetings Cam …

A few words on Simon’s elevation and National ..

I have little doubt Simon is an intelligent, hardworking and honourable  young man .. he may be leader potential .. in the future ..

I am a strong supporter of Judith .. yes I’ve known her for many years …  but her solid, dare I say it, traditional centre right values, resonate with me.  
And ever more strongly, as I observe Labour swing radically to the left under the whip hand of its big union funders.

The hardworking tax paying middle NZ who are largely silent in the political space, are taking note.

And today, voting at age 16. Give me a break!

I donated around $5000 personally to the party last year ..  chicken feed to some, but significant to me.

I will NOT be donating a further $.

National and Simon, honourable as he doubtless is, need to re-earn my support .. liberal, virtue signalling statements alienate me.

From his early statements, it’s easy to draw the conclusion that he feels a progressive, liberal persona, will lead the party back to the treasury benches. It will not!

Less charitably, it appears he’s attempting to ‘out Jacinda’ Jacinda.

My sense is, this befuddled caucus, need to see polling numbers in the low to mid 30% area to wake up and smell the roses!

Cam, I’m happy for my name to be published if you choose to post this to Whaleoil.

Best wishes

Matthew Newman

My view is that Matthew is spot on.


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