Bridges tries tough talk to get noticed

Simon Bridges has come out of the parliamentary recess trying to talk tough. It looks like a new strategy to try to raise his profile and appeal. While it may appeal to entrenched National supporters and those further to the right, it is high risk for the crucial centre vote.

And it also risks ridicule.

Image result for cartoon puppy snarl

Dominion Post editorial: Mr Nice Guy bares his teeth

So the man standing in front of the image of the happy, attractive young couple is baring his teeth again. But now, the smile is gone.

No more Mr Nice Guy, it seems.

In Tauranga, one of 60-odd stops in a national tour of shaking hands and kissing babies, Bridges blasted the city council’s stance on beggars and the homeless.

They had been “far, far too soft”, he said; such people should be banned, perhaps even prosecuted.

Bridges has also been waging a campaigning against softening sanctions against beneficiaries – that was his focus on his return to Parliament’s question time yesterday – see Parliament back – Peters versus Bridges to nowhere – but he was a lamb slaughtered by Winston Peters.

Also yesterday: Simon Bridges says tobacco tax not to blame for dairy robberies

National leader Simon Bridges says Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters should be blaming criminals for robbing dairies – not high tobacco excise taxes.

That looks to be a repeat of a Judith Collins tweet. Sure, criminals are to blame for crime, but huge increases in tobacco tax and prices has to be a major factor in cigarette robberies and the black market.

And yesterday National announced going against rising public support for cannabis law reform – see National replace support for medical cannabis bill with lottery.

It’s really hard to understand this strategy – I presume it is a deliberate strategy.

So far as National leader Bridges has failed to impress the general voting population. Narrowing his target may shore up some support, but it risks losing the solid party support that National had maintained since the election.

The downfall of many leaders is when they try to be something they are not. People often don’t listen much to politicians, but they can tell a fake at a glance.

Image result for cartoon bridge to nowhere

I had my doubts about Bridges when National chose him to take over from the Key/English era but you never know how someone is going to step up in a leadership role, so I waited and watched.

I didn’t see anything much to give me confidence he had what was required.

Now I am seeing things that are quite disappointing.

Successful leaders learn from their mistakes.

Unsuccessful leaders fail to learn from mistakes.

Never successful leaders never get enough things right from the start.

Leave a comment

24 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  July 25, 2018

    I’m just waiting on the next bracket of polls. Bridges is having the same impact on me as Little used to. Just not impressing at all. I try & imagine him as our next PM & it just doesn’t work.

    Reply
  2. Blazer

     /  July 25, 2018

    ‘ People often don’t listen much to politicians, but they can tell a fake at a glance.’…don’t know about that!
    Bridges preaching to the converted is a waste of time.
    He needs to come up with policy that will have a positive effect on the middle class.
    Tauranga’s a safe place for him to rattle his sabre ,I guess.

    Reply
  3. lurcher1948

     /  July 25, 2018

    If Bridges is the problem is this the solution

    Reply
    • Corky

       /  July 25, 2018

      Yes…or the New Paula.

      Reply
      • PartisanZ

         /  July 25, 2018

        Might split the National Party nice and ‘clean’ down the ‘Right’ Lurcher and carve off those to the Centre and Left of it?

        After all, National are the past masters of unintended consequences …

        Reply
  4. Corky

     /  July 25, 2018

    Try this routine, Simon. It may gain National new voters.

    Reply
  5. David

     /  July 25, 2018

    I would go Paula Bennett or maybe the fabulous Judith Collins…probably Judith now I have typed it out with Paula remaining deputy.

    Reply
    • PDB

       /  July 25, 2018

      Paula is another weak link – Collins would be a better choice than Bridges at the helm but with a fresh up-and-comer as deputy to show the changing of the old guard is occurring.

      Reply
      • NOEL

         /  July 25, 2018

        This kinda reminds me of my Aussie mate getting all hot under the collar when Abbott was rolled saying the supporters didn’t have a say. I gently reminded him that they don’t.
        From memory when Bridges won that vote Collins had also put her hand up and was not successful.

        I’m apolitical so can anyone with National Party contacts tell me who the current caucus favours?

        Reply
    • Blazer

       /  July 25, 2018

      apart from ‘zip it sweetie’ 😦 what on earth has pie op Paula ever said or done that showed P.M ability?

      Reply
      • Corky

         /  July 25, 2018

        She said to the speaker….”nah, I’m going.”

        Reply
        • Blazer

           /  July 25, 2018

          pie op Paula is the biggest class traitor ,no talent ,sell out in recent political history.
          The perfect example of everything that’s wrong with the current paradigm…money for Gods sake..the triumph of..venality.

          Reply
          • Corky

             /  July 25, 2018

            That’s a little unfair, Blazer. She’s now a classy chick with that weight loss. She just needs to grow her her a little to drop another 10 years in age.

            Reply
  6. Zedd

     /  July 25, 2018

    I think Judith is ‘keeping her powder dry’ until the time is right; Labour went through a few changes before they finally chose Jacinda !

    Bridges.. Paula… Mitchell… Louise… Mr Bakshi/Bishop… Judith ?
    sounds about right 😀

    Reply
    • PDB

       /  July 25, 2018

      No – the MSM chose Jacinda and eventually the Labour MPs caved in and the MSM pumped her for all she was worth – the Labour party and it’s lackeys chose Goff, Shearer, Cunliffe and Little.

      Reply
  7. Alan Wilkinson

     /  July 25, 2018

    Like PG I was prepared to give Bridges the benefit of the doubt but unfortunately he has removed all doubt. His policy positions are worse than useless and his presentation is abysmal. He’ll have to go and the only question is whether National can afford to wait while he does more damage.

    Reply
  8. Conspiratoor

     /  July 25, 2018

    Is this the same simon bridges who not a week ago dropped his pants and delivered a cringeworthy apology to the chinese after Ron marks exposed their nefarious activities

    Reply
    • Gezza

       /  July 25, 2018

      Who knows? If you walked into room & said would the REAL Simon Bridges please stand up he’d be looking around in a panic.

      Reply
      • Corky

         /  July 25, 2018

        Just saw him on One News flanked by two National dudes. About as awe inspiring as a wet bus ticket in a dishwasher. Honestly, National has to do something fast.

        Reply
        • Griff

           /  July 25, 2018

          Judith “crusher” Collins
          Keep all the conservatives happy.
          And keep national out of power for a while…

          Reply
        • Gezza

           /  July 25, 2018

          He’s the shithouse result of their rushing the job last time, Corky. They don’t necessarily need to do anything FAST. The time they have to replace him is 6-12 months before the election. Meantime they need to get to work on solid, saleable policies. Bridges couldn’t sell ice in the bloody Sahara in midsummer.

          And they have to hope that:
          1. Some Labour or NZF or Green policy or Ministers turn into disasters that people end up hating them for
          2. Any worthwhile policies they announce before the election don’t just get stolen & tarted up as Labour policies.

          At the moment there are simply dire predictions about the impending Zombie apocalypse a bunch of morons with Cabinet portfolios are going to visit upon the hapless nation, and a lot of aggrieved right wingers screaming their heads off about business confidence & strikes being the end of us all – but there is so far little indication that the hundreds of “ordinary people” that Andrew Little spoke to every day are in revolt.

          The regions who have had Jonesy’s largesse graciously bestowed upon them may even begin to prosper & the grateful folk of the shires may yet begin to shower his gilded carriage with rose petals & palm fronds saying; “Verily, the Messiah is among us. We thrive under his benevolent reign. Let us return this man to majesty”.

          Ziss is vy I am vaitingk for ze next polls. To vot iss happenink viss der peploe.

          Reply
  9. wooden goat

     /  July 25, 2018

    Bridges “talking tough” would be like being gummed by a toothless chihuahua.

    Reply
  1. Bridges tries tough talk to get noticed — Your NZ – NZ Conservative Coalition

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s