If you do the work, you reap the rewards

Judith Collins is now registering in the preferred PM statistics. It should be expected, she’s about the only opposition MP actually doing the work that people expect from opposition MPs: Quote:

Prime Minister Judith Collins – how do those four words strung together make you feel? For 3.7 percent of New Zealanders, it feels pretty good.

Because for the first time ever, Ms Collins has registered in our Newshub-Reid Research poll as a candidate for preferred Prime Minister.   

If those four words made you shudder, fret not – Jacinda Ardern is still ranking stratospherically on 40.2 percent.

However, Ms Collins is ranking higher than Ms Ardern did when she first appeared as a preferred Prime Minister in 2015. Back then, Ms Ardern debuted at 3.5 percent.

Ms Collins insists she no longer harbours her extreme leadership ambitions of the past, and is “very happy doing what I’m doing and I’m very supportive of our leader Simon Bridges”.

“I’m not interested in rolling anyone or doing anything other than my job,” says Ms Collins.

But this is dire news for the actual leader of the National Party, Simon Bridges – his preferred Prime Minister ranking is just 9 percent.

That pales next to John Key and Bill English when they first took over as National leaders. Mr Key was on 24 percent and Mr English on 25 percent.

Mr Bridges says he isn’t fazed, telling Newshub “it’s early days – I’m just starting to get out and about”.

He is saved by the fact his party remains steady. If that starts to fall, he’s in trouble. End quote.

Judith is doing the work, and more importantly, she is taking scalps. That is how you go up in polls. Not swanning around visiting the provinces you neglected when in power.


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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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