Bridges highlighting ‘discipline and unity’


When a leader sees a need to publicly demand unity and discipline in their caucus I think they have major problems.

National leader Simon Bridges speaks out on leadership, discipline and unity

National leader Simon Bridges is expected to deliver a strong message to his caucus on Tuesday that the only path to power is through discipline and uniting behind his leadership.

He said the message he got from delegates at the first of four regional conferences he attended at the weekend, in Hamilton, was the same.

The issue of leadership had not been raised specifically with him, he said.

“But there was a clear and strong message that in addition to holding the Government to account in developing our plans, we win back power by being disciplined and unified,” he told the Herald. “That came through loud and clear.”

“I think there is a mature understanding that this is a new Government and the country has rallied around it in the aftermath of the Christchurch attacks,” Bridges said.

“But National is still in the 40s, within striking distance of Government with a good campaign.”

Bridges is either fooling himself or trying to fool the public. Either way, he just seems foolish.

Asked if the speculation about his leadership inevitably destabilised it, Bridges said: “Whilst none of that was raised [at the conference], it is very clear from members of the party that they know to win we need certainty about leadership, we need discipline and unity.”

“Our members are proud that National has defeated the capital gains tax although they are anxious that they are going see more attempts at cash grabs from the Government to pay for slushy machines and [NZ First MP] Shane Jones’ slush fund.”

There was a strong view that there had been a real lack of delivery from the Government from housing to transport, where no new road had begun under this Government.

“They talked a big game but aren’t delivering.”

Unity and discipline are relatively easy under strong leadership. They become a problem under failing leadership.

Publicly talking about them shows signs of a major problem.

Bridges appears to be flogging a dead leadership.

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23 Comments

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    • Duker

       /  29th April 2019

      Except when he rolls out policies early. Got that Simon.

      He doesnt seem to realise the public profile he wants – a weekly media rounds ‘just like the PM’ means he cant play the old routine of wait till election ‘year’ – when he really means the 3 months before election. I think it was Key which started the radio rounds once a week and Labour opposition leaders tried to follow that and its been nothing but grief for them. Bridges should look at the results for them and realise all they ( and he) do is whittle away their poll numbers.

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    • Corky

       /  29th April 2019

      Simon has a point. This excess is an example of how socialists encourage such behaviour. They are like kids in a candy store…with our money.

      However, slush about sums up Simon’s leadership. He should have left this story well alone.

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    • phantom snowflake

       /  29th April 2019

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  29th April 2019

      Hasn’t corrections ever heard of airconditioners and fans ?

      Those slushies looked repulsive, full of artificial colours and who knows what else.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  29th April 2019

        There are many lightweight stab, bullet and blunt instrument proof ‘vests’ around. Why not use those instead of ones that weigh 8kg ?

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        • Duker

           /  29th April 2019

          Where.?.. is this another ‘ I think so moment’

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  29th April 2019

            Look online. They are widely advertised, and if I knew of their existence, they must be well known.

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  3. Blazer

     /  29th April 2019

    ‘ They are like kids in a candy store…with our money.’….National borrowed 10’s of billions…where did that ‘money’ come from?

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    • Corky

       /  29th April 2019

      From overseas sources would be my guess. Once we signed the dotted line.. it was our money…and National didn’t spend it like they were in a candy store.

      Talking of our money..the mind boggles at the cost of the up coming budget.

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      • Blazer

         /  29th April 2019

        so 11 mil for an Arab Sheik,26 mil for a flag referendum 1.25 mil a WEEK on consultants at M.B.I.E, a $146,000 T.V and a hair straightner for M.B.I.E staff is all good in the world of a facile non-voter!!

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        • Duker

           /  29th April 2019

          yes. When departments do it under national – ‘its an operational matter ‘ – which is true

          But you cant run with hares and hunt with the hounds, like they found out with limos after raising the issue of helicopter flights for official visits by Ron Marks ( would be counted as normal flying by airforce anyway)

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        • Corky

           /  29th April 2019

          Easy..facile is a hurtful word to use about a fellow blogger. Now for your ‘reality check.’
          How much money has Jonsey got in his pocket? See, Blazer, when you boil things down to their basics, there’s no need to argue complexities that lead nowhere.

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  4. Patzcuaro

     /  29th April 2019

    On the slushy front, there may be logic to the purchases, prisons are often located in isolated places where you can’t pop out to get a slushy or much else. But they are an easy target.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  29th April 2019

      Blue slushies ! What is IN them ? They looked revolting.

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      • Duker

         /  29th April 2019

        Hooch ….its a prison afterall

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  29th April 2019

          The blue one looked particularly repulsive, like ‘slime’. It probably tastes like it, too.

          Hold your nose and get it down and hope that it doesn’t come straight back up.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  29th April 2019

          Seriously, why not invest (no pun intended :D) in lightweight protective gear ?

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          • Duker

             /  29th April 2019

            Enough with your nonsense. It includes the belts radios and truncheons – it says “gear”

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  29th April 2019

              No, I said ‘gear’.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  29th April 2019

              They don’t carry truncheons in any photo that I have seen of them in prison. You are thinking of police officers.

            • Duker

               /  29th April 2019

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