Nation: Simon Bridges

Simon Bridges has struggled to be noticed and to impress since taking over as National leader and Leader of the Opposition.

He has failed to get anywhere against Winston Peters in Parliament, he comes across poorly or at least unimpressively  in media appearances, and he and National have introduced some questionable policy positions recently, one being the timing in particular of a medical cannabis alternative after withdrawing support for a flawed Government bill currently before Parliament.

This is an important weekend for Bridges as National has it’s first conference in opposition this decade.

Bridges is interviewed on The Nation this morning.


It’s really difficult to stay focussed when Bridges is speaking. He may be saying good things, his words make him sound like he knows about what he is talking about, but his delivery is monotonous.

 

39 Comments

  1. Zedd

     /  July 28, 2018

    Bridges; ‘We support Med-cannabis’ OH REALLY or is it just political points scoring, because you see the public genuinely do want change & your previous (under team Key/English) Anti-reform agenda SUX ! :/

    • Grimm

       /  July 28, 2018

      It seems more people use Marijuana than Panadol Zedd.

      I really don’t think Bridges is getting in the way.

      • Zedd

         /  July 28, 2018

        maybe so, but I was talking about Cannabis (for med-use).. ‘Marijuana’ is the slang name used for recreational use.. ‘Get it right’ Grimm

        Bridges may not be ‘getting in the way’ BUT for 9 looooong years, the Govt. he was part of, just avoided & then blocked any moves from others to amend the law; 2009 Green bill & the recent one from Chloe/JAG (Grn) that I hear is similar in content, to this ‘new Natl bill’.. broader access (they just removed, natural herb use part) 😦

        • Grimm

           /  July 28, 2018

          Nope, they went along with the best medical advice. Still are.

  2. Strong For Life

     /  July 28, 2018

    He is a National version of Andrew Little, zero charisma and poor speaker. I cannot understand why he was selected leader.

    • Blazer

       /  July 28, 2018

      he models himself on Key but hasn’t got it down pat yet.

      • Gezza

         /  July 28, 2018

        Yes, he does. He was like a determinedly doting little puppy yapping away in the background because his owner was talking whenever John Key was around. Key was his model but he just is not key. He’s a soul-less, unemotional, monotonic, plodder. That’s he comes over whenever I see him in action.

  3. unitedtribes2

     /  July 28, 2018

    Hes a good man but just isn’t a good operation leader. I think Judith is the only option. Hope they don’t dither for too long.

    • PDB

       /  July 28, 2018

      The problem of course is Collins doesn’t have much MP support. Amy Adams seems to have a number of MPs pushing her barrow but to be honest even she would be better than Bridges who unfortunately (for him) has the ability to make people distrust him.

    • Cheryl

       /  July 28, 2018

      I agree that Simon Bridges is a good man but not the right person for National leader. I disagree that Amy Adams would be any better. I think it would be a mistake for them to change leaders at this stage, it would start to look like the chopping and changing leaders that Labour went through when they were desperate.

      • Gezza

         /  July 28, 2018

        6 to 12 months before the election would be when to do it, in my view. Long enuf to have a good idea of what Party policy positions look solid & popular, & enuf time for new ones to be trialled and assigned in the public mind as signature policies of the new leader.

        An party position of being prepared to consider a coalition with anyone is a given.

        What stage are you thinking?

        • Cheryl

           /  July 28, 2018

          I have no idea at what stage would be best. But I think it has to be only once and they need to make sure the person is the right one. Oh for a crystal ball as to who that right person is. Everything you said sounds good to me, have you considered a career in advising political strategy? 😎 I’ve been reading this blog for quite a while now, just dipping my toes in the water with commenting. Go easy on me if you disagree. Thanks.

          • Gezza

             /  July 28, 2018

            Good on you. We could do with more female input here.

            Garn, when some rudester has a go at you, just ignore them and let it roll off your back like water.

            They don’t know who you are, & just remember most of them probably find themselves in the kitchen, alone, at parties. 😉

      • Blazer

         /  July 28, 2018

        try some good policy…instead of looking for celebrity power.

        • Gezza

           /  July 28, 2018

          How did that work out for Goff, Cunliffe, Shearer & Little?

          • Blazer

             /  July 28, 2018

            forget the past…its all about ..in the now!

          • Gezza

             /  July 28, 2018

            Good man. 👍🏼
            You’ve finally overcome your pathological obsesseion with John Key, I take it? 😳

            • Gezza

               /  July 28, 2018

              *obsession (FiP! 😠)

            • Blazer

               /  July 29, 2018

              the most pathological obsession people have is with Hitler…demonised for every imaginable sin..hence Godwins law.

              Look in the mirror and tally your negative obsession with..Andrew Little…a man with decency regardless of any charisma.

            • Gezza

               /  July 29, 2018

              A dimwit. There’s no getting around it.

            • Blazer

               /  July 29, 2018

              Little is a lawyer and certainly not a dimwit…get over your pathological..obsession.

            • Gezza

               /  July 29, 2018

              Do try & be a bit more original than a parrot. And I’m not pathologically obsessed with Little like you are with John Key.

              Little can’t even tell you what low level crime is. Look up what you can get remanded for now. Hasn’t got a clue. Nor have you.

              What’s he actually achieved so far? A Committee? Been in Parliament for years. Peters still walked all over him & made look a right charlie.

              Give it up.

              I just hope we end up with a sensible strategy in the end from these various Committees for stopping offending before it starts, & rehabiliting offenders before they reoffend. In spite of his shortcomings. That’s the way to reduce the prison muster. And it means spending a lot of money on the right things where it’ll do the most good.

            • Gezza

               /  July 29, 2018

              Little is a lawyer and certainly not a dimwit
              PS: If being a lawyer is your argument for his not being a dimwit, explain Golriz Ghahraman.

            • Blazer

               /  July 29, 2018

              I am as pathologically obsessed with Key as you are with..Little.
              What did Key achieve besides a knighthood and a huge profit on his Parnell property?

            • Gezza

               /  July 29, 2018

              He made it to PM. Others have given you examples of his achievements as PM many times – I’m not wasting my own time dredging them up just because you have a retention deficit.

              Personally I didn’t & don’t like John Key, so why even ask me that? But I never obsess over him, like you do. I reckon it’s become a bloody illness with you.

              Your complete inability to identify any achievement at all by Andrew Little – except to surrender in ignominy to his own ineptitude & hand over the leadership in desperation to a pregnant covergirl, there being no-one left with any actual fucking clues available – is noted.

              Now move on, please, you’re boring me.

            • Blazer

               /  July 29, 2018

              I move on when I want to…save your instruction for pukeko’s….they probably listen to…you.

            • Gezza

               /  July 29, 2018

              I move on when I want to
              No you don’t. You can’t. That’s your problem.

            • Blazer

               /  July 29, 2018

              oh the irony….Gezza wanting the last word..as usual.

        • PDB

           /  July 28, 2018

          Blazer: “try some good policy…instead of looking for celebrity power.”

          Having bad policy and Ardern as a figurehead worked for Labour? Most of their policy was so bad that once in govt it had to either discarded, majorly altered/back tracked upon or ploughed on with regardless of the fact it wouldn’t work (first year free students for instance).

      • Corky

         /  July 28, 2018

        I disagree. They need to change leaders now. Winston is already applying the hurt to National over this issue.

        • Gezza

           /  July 28, 2018

          That’s true, but who?

          • Gezza

             /  July 28, 2018

            Winston is already applying the hurt to National over this issue.
            That bit’s true, I mean. He’s slaughtering Simon’s credibility & position in the House. But he says National will knife Paula first because plotters pick off the weak ones first.

  4. lurcher1948

     /  July 28, 2018

    Bridges says national is doing charter schools as national policy now,your local school could become some charter type school started by communist china with their money as everyone knows the big money behind national is chinese

    • Corky

       /  July 28, 2018

      Rest easy, son. That won’t happen. Worry about your power. That’s what I want to hear about.

  5. wooden goat

     /  July 28, 2018

    Bridges is pathetic. As much backbone as a jellyfish.

    It seems that now the only party with any semblance of a backbone is the Conservatives. They’re the only ones who are even close to being right-wing. Even Act are SJWs now and want to increase the “refugee” quota.

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