National Party leadership

Now that Bill English has resigned National will need to find a new leader. They aren’t mucking around:

There is now a process to go through to select a new Leader, which we expect will take place over the next few weeks, with a vote to be held at the Caucus meeting on 27 February.

That’s just two weeks away.

In comparison, Metiria Turei stepped down as Green co-leader on August 9 last year, six months ago. Two weeks ago the Greens announced a time line to replace her – the Ballot counting and winner announced on 8 April, so over two months to choose a leader.

Also in comparison, Andrew Little stepped down and Jacinda Ardern took over just about immediately – it was conformed a few days later, but there was a need for urgency then.

Pundit pondering and speculation has already started on National’s leadership. This is an opportunity to rejuvenate and rebuild for National. They will be well aware of Labour’s years of problems after Helen Clark resigned and will want to avoid anything similar.

I’ll wait to see who puts themselves forward. I don’t care who takes over, but I do hope that National continue as a strong opposition.

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20 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  February 13, 2018

    English said he made his decision at Christmas.

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    • duperez

       /  February 13, 2018

      I read some headline which said that he’d pondered over that time and I thought that that was normal, to be expected and a time when life can be put into perspective.

      The downticks must be about him using a religious time of the year in such a philistine pursuit. On the surface the comment is a most innocuous one and a repeat of what’s in the news. Unless you are one of those people who draws a negative response simply because it’s you. I admit I don’t follow stuff like that closely.

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      • “On the surface” would be indeed be innocuous were not a pattern of discord towards our host a constant.

        I love this fable.

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  2. robertguyton

     /  February 13, 2018

    Key abandons ship. National loses the election. English quits. Going down-hill fast .

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    • It’s more a matter of whether they are strategic enough to simply go for Labour’s and Peters jugular – in a don’t spare the horses, no holds barred way. Personally I’d like to see Kaye and Adams one and two respectively. However, it’d be a shame to waste them now. Anyone who has seen them operating, has seen their ability to think on their feet and to speak intelligently on any issue, all the while retaining an amiable front.

      Kaye has degrees in genetics and law and is an endurance athlete of some note. Adams has a law degree with first class honours.

      Unless Ms Ardern leaves after having her child or NZ First implodes and the Nats can go head to head with Lab/Greens it’s really a big call to expect to be able to win 2020 without support. Mind you Dr Lance O’Sullivan for the Maori Party is a wild card.

      Who knows! Crusher and Adams.

      Anyone but the vowel strangling Simon. I cannot believe I am such a snob, but is his accent unimprovable or what ?

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      • Gezza

         /  February 13, 2018

        Nup Soymin’s stuck with his dikshin n the jarringly poor qualidy of Jacinda’s is immutably fixed as well, imo. Both would be better suited to some Australian states.

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        • Difference is Soyman seems to have a mouthful of burrs to make matters worse.

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          • robertguyton

             /  February 14, 2018

            He suffered a condition as a child that required remedial speech work, Traveller – the Right can be so cruel to its own (and more so to those who don’t sing from the Tory song-sheet – just see above how they hate Christmas!)

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            • PartisanZ

               /  February 14, 2018

              Worst thing is robertguyton, they can’t even see it as being cruel … just facing the realities of life …

      • Blazer

         /  February 14, 2018

        2 sheilas=no…chance…

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  3. Blazer

     /  February 14, 2018

    Bennett clearly had the heads up about English resigning and booked herself in for lapband surgery in anticipation of her elevation,as the new ..improved Paula.

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    • robertguyton

       /  February 14, 2018

      Half the Westie she once was.

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    • PDB

       /  February 14, 2018

      Bennett and Kaye have ruled themselves out. MSM picking Bridges vrs Adams.

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      • Blazer

         /  February 14, 2018

        Bridges has mimiced Key for years ,tries to argue the same way,all he’s missing is a..gold tooth.As for Adams,a female version of English.From Ruth Richardson territory,dour,smart,lacking any charisma….doesn’t look ..good.

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        • PDB

           /  February 14, 2018

          Slater already piling the sleeze onto Adams. Bridges would struggle to get his mum to vote for him.

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  4. Blazer

     /  February 14, 2018

    Collins puts her hand up….and could be a hope,even as caretaker,see how she goes replacement.

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  5. phantom snowflake

     /  February 14, 2018

    Great post by MICKYSAVAGE at The Standard re National’s leadership prospects.

    https://thestandard.org.nz/who-will-be-nationals-next-leader/

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    • Blazer

       /  February 14, 2018

      my word..Farrar ‘s proudest moment….no bloody oil painting is he?Another lap belt candidate.

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  6. Blazer

     /  February 14, 2018

    Simon ‘oilslick’ Bridges throws his hat in the…ring.

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