Bridges versus Bennett continued

The current state of the race to the deputy prime ministership as recorded by Claire Trevett:


More at the Herald:

Paula Bennett is on the cusp of becoming Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, but may have to lobby for a few more votes over the weekend to secure the job.

Based on publicly declared votes, Bennett has 23 National MPs on her side, though numbers are changing often. Simon Bridges trails behind, having secured the support of 10 MPs. A candidates needs 30 votes to become deputy to Prime Minister-in-waiting Bill English.

If no clear winner between her and Bridges is found by Monday – when a caucus vote will be held – it is understood both candidates will give speeches to the party before a private ballot takes place.


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  1. Blazer

     /  10th December 2016

    Do behave,Bennett has the job,done deal,English=male Sth Is,Bennett=woman ,Auck,and part maori to boot.The charade goes on.

  2. duperez

     /  10th December 2016

    The Herald reporting at 10:02 that Bridges is withdrawing.

    His nonsensical comments on TV last night suggested that was likely. Unless pigheadedness would keep him from doing that.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  10th December 2016

    I think a good choice. Bridges is still a bit immature for that position.

  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  10th December 2016

    If it wasn’t before, WO’s nose will be entirely out of joint now – English and Bennett confirmed with no other contenders left in the race…

    Slater’s been foaming at the mouth all week and his readers are starting to rebel:

    Slurs and innuendo – I am disappointed that this blog is now doing exactly what it has condemned other media for in the past.

    Graham Pilgrim
    I came to this blog for no nonsense facts. Now it appears to be drowning in personal bitterness and retribution.

    • duperez

       /  10th December 2016

      Going to that site for “no nonsense facts” and no slurs and innuendo is like going to a UFC night and expecting to see a quiet night of embroidery, haiku writing and meditation.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  10th December 2016

        Indeed. Mr Pilgrim should recalibrate his political GPS. It’s led him well up the garden path.

    • PDB

       /  10th December 2016

      Further on Whaleoil…….

      Aucky > Nessie • 37 minutes ago

      There hasn’t been a need to expose internal factional differences in National for almost ten years and it was inevitable that events over the last week have caused them to surface. Some statements I have found very distasteful in particular those referring to opponents of Judith Collins or supporters of Bill English. I respect both MPs immensely but recognise that both have their weaknesses. I was hesitant for instance to raise my concerns about Collins’ vulnerability due to the Oravida ‘incident’ given the certainty that I would be the recipient not of abuse (we are better than that) but of one-eyed statements that I just didn’t need. Sure, this is an open forum but I haven’t appreciated the personal attacks on any of the MPs standing for PM & Dep PM. The use of ‘bully’ as a nickname for Bill English does not enhance the professionalism of this blogsite.

      I certainly haven’t found the last week particularly pleasant at WO.

  5. Blazer

     /  10th December 2016

    beautifully executed ‘faux’ contests…..ah the sheep….love being …shorn.


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