Why is National struggling?

Mike Hosking doesn’t blame National’s irrelevance on either the Jami-Lee Ross saga or the Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett leadership combo which appears to be increasing its out of control spiral.

No, Hosking points to National’s basic inability to be concerned about acquiring sufficient numbers to form a coalition government in 2020. He is right; if National are working on coalition partners for the next election, they are awfully quiet about it.

On the other hand, Hosking got it quite wrong, and may have been sucked into the hype at the Labour Party conference last weekend, when he waxed lyrical about their achievements to date.  Quote:

For now the economy is holding up nicely, despite all the numbers around confidence, there is a five point five billion surplus, genuinely solid growth, there are large shortages in the workforce, interest rates are low, all the ingredients are there to argue economic credibility.” End of quote.

Labour didn’t have to do very much at all to stay ahead.  They inherited a surplus and low-interest rates and, despite causing business confidence to drop, unemployment rates are the lowest in nine years.  Go figure.  Quote.

Labour Party, after nine years in the wilderness, have much to feel good about, plenty to look forward to, and no reason to believe that short of them cocking it up, they shouldn’t enter 2020 with a very real prospect of a second term.” End of quote.

It is simply not enough for National to sit back and wait for Labour to fail, because this tactic gives the government far too much latitude and only highlights National’s complacency and irrelevance.

National needs a complete overhaul before they can give us true leadership, character and policy sufficient to have even the slightest chance of turning themselves around.


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