Grandstanding pundits versus Simon Bridges

There have been some fairly bitter responses to the National caucus selection of Simon Bridges as their new party leader (and Leader of the Opposition).

Graham Adams at Noted: Bridges and Bennett: National’s B-Team

Noted that the headline frames the new team as inferior (b-team).

Bridges’ other big problem will be convincing the media he is the man for the job. The National caucus obviously took no notice of the many media commentators, both on the right and the left, who were certain that what the National Party needed was Judith Collins, and said so loudly.

Some ‘media commentators’ act more like political activists wanting to have an influence.

Mike HoskingBarry SoperCameron SlaterChris Trotter, Rachel Stewart and Heather du Plessis-Allan all rooted for Collins (although Hosking defected to the Steven Joyce camp late in the piece, possibly aware by then that he had backed the wrong horse, only to find he had switched to another dud).

The hostile reactions to Bridges’ accession suggest that some commentators may not like their lack of influence being so brutally revealed.

Barry Soper in particular seems to be annoyed that Bridges got the job.

Some of the media’s support for Collins, of course, was undoubtedly less about what she might do for the country than what she might do for the media.

Probably. These days controversy and click bait headlines seem more important than independent and balanced coverage.

Journalist grandstanding is a growing issue in political coverage.

Another media trends seems to be that political ‘reporters’ seem obsessed with predicting outcomes to show how good their sources and their political acumen is.

The hissy fits over Bridges’ selection (and Collins’ non selection) may be more than or alternate to “their lack of influence being so brutally revealed”, it may also be in part at least annoyance at their failure to get it right brutally revealed.


  1. Patzcuaro

     /  March 2, 2018
    • Zedd

       /  March 2, 2018

      Looks like one of the 10 BRIDGES, he promised in Northland !?

  2. lurcher1948

     /  March 2, 2018

    God why do we let people like HDPA make political statements?I could walk up to a person shopping in New World and get more sense.Is she just getting traction clinging to his trouser legs…just saying.Gezza has more common sense, interview him

  3. Corky

     /  March 2, 2018

    ”The hissy fits over Bridges’ selection (and Collins’ non selection) may be more than or alternate to “their lack of influence being so brutally revealed”

    That may have some truth, but I think for the average National voter it’s more the lack of influence National may have at the next election under Bridges.

    Voters made it clear..they wanted Collins. How dumb do you have to be? It would have been easier to replace Collins before the next election, rather than cut Bridges loose months out from the election. Collins would probably over compensate trying to get National up in the polls thereby turning off more voters.

    I just don’t get it. What where these prats doing when Labour was giving them a lesson on how to stay in opposition for a very long time ?

    • NOEL

       /  March 2, 2018

      Voters made it clear they wanted Collins.
      The the only voters were those in caucus and Collins didn’t appear at the end of the vote.
      Starting to sound like those Aussies when Abbott was rolled.

    • Patzcuaro

       /  March 2, 2018

      To return to power National needs a leader that energises its core support and appeals to the swinging voter. Appealing to the middle ground is probably more important than appealing to the converted as National’s core support will turnout anyway. Collins appeals to the core support but does she appeal to the middle ground?

      • Corky

         /  March 2, 2018

        ‘Collins appeals to the core support but does she appeal to the middle ground?”

        Probably not. But that will depend on how bad Labour becomes. I keep thinking of what happened to Labours core support when it was floundering in opposition.

  4. duperez

     /  March 2, 2018

    Journalists grandstanding? A commentator this week on the exercise of choosing a new leader and the ambition of politicians to get the top job said something about big egos of the candidates.

    It was as if the ones with the affliction of egos had drafted themselves off to go for the job and certainly no sense of the possibility of it residing in those with microphones, cameras and keyboards.

    For all the responses in the lead-up then selection of Simon Bridges, the scene has been a lot more sane than it could have been. Whatever happened to Patrick Gower ?

  5. Gezza

     /  March 2, 2018

    Let’s just see how he goes. I think it was a bad idea to keep Paula on as Deputy. They might not have garnered the label The B Team then. Whoever saw that coming? Pretty clear the msm has adopted a hostile stance immediately, something they never did with the succession of obvious losers Labour rolled out after Helen bailed.

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  March 2, 2018

      Quelle surprise the media is being negative. Biased bunch of hacks in senior opinion writing positions.

      Bridges may actually surprise…. and Jacindas golden glow will tarnish a little quicker than people think. She can only prevaricate for so long before people see through the bs and star dust

      • robertguyton

         /  March 2, 2018

        Bridges may actually surprise .v. certain political suicide – the “balanced” views of Trev.

        • Trevors_elbow

           /  March 2, 2018

          Chap… if your the arbiter of balanced we would all walk in a left ward circle….