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Leaders of awe and dread: How does Simon Bridges measure-up?

Awe and dread were not, however, the sensations that accompanied Simon Bridges when he introduced himself to the nation as the National Party’s new leader. An inescapable quality of impersonation hovered about the man. One unkind wag expressed this by describing Bridges as a boy dressed up in his father’s suit: the jacket’s cuffs extending well beyond his fingertips and the legs of the trousers puddling around his shoes. The effect, far from inspiring awe and dread, invited only ridicule . . .

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