Todd Muller resigns as National leader

Todd Muller has just announced he iis step;ping down as leader of the National party. He has been one of the shortest serving political party leaders.

He says this is for the good of the party and the good of his family and his health.

It looks like ongoing media pressure has got to him. He has not handled the leak scandal well, but he has been relentlessly hammered for the last week.

The National Party caucus is having an emergency meeting too work out how to replace Muller.

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  1. John J Harrison

     /  14th July 2020

    Let’s hope it is a Mitchell/Collins team to beat back the socialists.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  14th July 2020

      Yes, a tiny minority, nutbar-extremist, lunatic fringe, Alt-Far-Right CCP-backed Internationalist Party is exactly what the country requires at present …

      The perfect minuscule Opposition, so Labour-Greens-TOP can get on with the task at hand.

      The Great Evening and Trans-Reformation.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  14th July 2020

      It’ll be Collins/Mitchell and it’ll be FAR WORSE than Muller/Kaye

      We shall know them by their works …

      Well, actually … We already do!

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  2. PartisanZ

     /  14th July 2020

    I can feel the SHOCK from here … Silence of the Lumps …

    I did say, didn’t I …?

    ETHICAL CLEANSING …

    This cannot be bad for Aotearoa New Zealand politics.

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  3. David

     /  14th July 2020

    Please let it be Judith Collins. Garner has speculated for weeks that Muller and Kaye were the numbers people for someone else who bottled it at the last moment when Bridges threw down the gauntlet.
    Muller had no plan or policy ideas which points to the accidental leader.
    I dont get the appeal of Mark Mitchell, sure he has an impressive back story and no doubt a good guy but he is far too reserved and the strong silent type.

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    • I don’t think Mitchell is the right choice either as leader.

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      • David

         /  14th July 2020

        What about Judith Collins PG, or should we bring back Paula.

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        • Jack

           /  14th July 2020

          No, not Paula. She was idiotic over the JL Ross thing. Kindness matters, as Jacinda says, although she’s all wrong for PM.
          Going by comments here, you’re wanting a kind leader who also has charisma and who has thickened skin which feels the tiniest prick. I’d like to see a leader who can subtly change mm media’s attitude. Mr Muller could’ve, if only…

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  4. duperez

     /  14th July 2020

    He has not handled the leak scandal well? And the Heron report is going to come out nearer the election which will show his part?

    Chuck in the ‘health’ word and people feel sorry and pussyfoot around. It’s the Heron report not a health report that is of concern. The epidemic of spewing among the party faithful is where the health bit comes in.

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    • artcroft

       /  14th July 2020

      Man i thought it was the Sabin affair that was going to ruin him, but it’s the Heron report. can you flick me a copy of that. You obviously have access to it.

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      • duperez

         /  14th July 2020

        I don’t need to write it for you but can if you wish.

        You know it will say that Michael Woodhouse, Todd Muller and Hamish Walker all acted honourably and with unquestionable integrity. It will add that no other members of the caucus knew any more about the situation under investigation than what they’d read in the media. It will offer that Michelle Boag had acted unwisely.

        Muller didn’t want to hang around because he knew the euphoria and delight with what the report would say about his and his team’s integrity would leave him discombobulated for the election. There you go.

        Sabin? What’s that about? Is that another one of those metaphors for a situation where no-one knows anything?

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  5. Gezza

     /  14th July 2020

    I watched the Q&A repeat on tv1 last night. Jack Tame bored in to Nickki Kaye about Muller lying to the media when he was persistently asked by journos if he was aware whether anyone else had received the information Walker had from Michelle Boag & after avoiding a direct answer for as long as he could, he finally said “No”.

    The next day Woodhouse revealed that he had received it, & and that he had already told Muller by the time he said “No”.

    It was tragic watching Nikki attempting to explain that Muller hadn’t exactly lied by her interpretation of the situation. I thought – this is not going to go away. How on earth is he going to get out of this one?

    Jacindamania-obsessed media assisted Ardern & Labour to turn Labour’s fortunes around when they did a last minute leader change. I really can’t see the media doing the same for a new National leadership team after their party’s reputation has been trashed by these dirty politics and dishonesty revelations.

    But I await the new leader & deputy leader announcements with great interest.

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    • Duker

       /  14th July 2020

      That interview was booked for Muller…but by then his breakdown made it untenable to turn u, same as the Nats regional conference.
      Audrey Young says it was Adams and Kaye who originated the coverup strategy( errors of judgement) last week that imploded , not once ( about turn on Walker going) but twice ( covering up Woodhouse involvement)

      I wonder just how many Muller billboards have been printed ?….It always costs more than twice as much to redo something

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  6. artcroft

     /  14th July 2020

    National are clearly a party of fools. Muller watches Bridges struggle in a really difficult job for months and decides he could do it better. Then he realises weeks later “no I can’t” and quits at the worst time. He lacks the courage to even take them to election, thats only weeks away, and then fall honourably on his sword.
    Yet all his peers in the party voted this (deleted) into the leadership.
    How is it now you can only realise you don’t suit the job? He must be of very average intelligence. Indeed.

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  7. lurcher1948

     /  14th July 2020

    Thank god we have a strong PM in Jacinda Ardern,PM and mother of Neve who can handle the pressure,unlike Mr Muller…one crisis and hes gone.

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    • Corky

       /  14th July 2020

      Er, she hasn’t been under real pressure yet, Lurchy. Real pressure is when poll results show you are under real political pressure no matter what you do

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      • Blazer

         /  14th July 2020

        Er 3 down….English,Bridges,Muller….next please. Bol.

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        • Corky

           /  14th July 2020

          Hey, Colonel Sanders tried many times before he got his recipe RIGHT. KFC is now a
          institution for people who vote LEFT. Lol!

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          • Much of what is written about ‘Colonel’ Sanders is urban myth or revisionism. He wasn’t a real colonel.

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            • It was an honorary one, I think. Using an honorary title is really naff; it’s not the done thing. People who are awarded honorary doctorates don’t call themselves Dr.

  8. PartisanZ

     /  14th July 2020

    This may be the appearance of the Real *Broad-Church*? … The essentially Protestant One?

    UNDISGUISED … (aka SELFIENDISHNESS*?) …

    They have to show themselves if they’re going to be (politically) eliminated …

    PartisaNZ *new word #621

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  9. duperez

     /  14th July 2020

    The Herald again demonstrates perfectly the way the narrative is writ.

    Muller’s crafted release has, “The role has taken a heavy toll on me personally, and on my family, and this has become untenable from a health perspective.”

    The blaring headline has, “Todd Muller quits as National Party leader for health reasons.”

    Janet Wilson and Matthew Hooton will be congratulating themselves on that little win.

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    • PartisanZ

       /  14th July 2020

      … that little piece of home-spooned, Think-Tank n Lobby-Group *Broad-Church* sophistry …

      As transparent as White Space in the Herald …

      You spotted it instantly …

      So, what if, as I suspect, “you” (as to speak) have achieved a vast-majority status in the general population?

      My prediction: National are ‘The Goners!’

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  10. Corky

     /  14th July 2020

    I did say by this time next year, National would have a new leader. But I wasn’t expecting that to happen so soon. I also said National should have Luxon, Crusher and anyone else with leadership aspirations on standby. Let’s hope they have taken that sage advice and are ready for a seamless transition of leadership.

    No doubt talkback radio had a major influence on Muller’s decision. It’s one thing to have MS jurnos grilling you over poor performances and decisions, but it’s another thing to hear a tsunami of potential voters saying they are moving to ACT.

    I still doubt National are winning this election. And it’ll be interesting to watch what impact Mullers decision has on ACT. But as we can see from above, Lefties realise the free ride to election glory may just have been derailed.😄

    i think Muller deserves credit for realising he’s not leadership material and stepping aside.
    His strength lies in personal dealings with organisations and individuals. I’m hoping he stays on to become a major player for National when voters show Labour the door.

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    • Very true Corky, you did say “by this time next year…”

      But you didn’t say “By this time in 53 days …” LOLOLOL, 53 days for Muller to realise he was never made of the ‘right stuff’. At least he’s done the right thing now, packed his MAGA hat, and scuttled back under his rock.

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      • Corky

         /  14th July 2020

        Yes, that’s what I said. Gezza agreed with me re having National candidates on standby.☑
        Have you ever made any predictions… you know, put your balls on the line? Follow Blazers lead below

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    • Talkback radio is so unlikely to have the slightest impact on the decision that this surmise can be safely dismissed.

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  11. Blazer

     /  14th July 2020

    My prediction is Adams/Mitchell.

    Lucky National has so much ‘talent’!

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  12. Gerrit

     /  14th July 2020

    My prediction is Collins / Bridges. Nationals lefty team of Adams / Kaye / etc. are no longer led by Boag.

    Time for a true blue team.

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    • Blazer

       /  14th July 2020

      Collins/Bridges is ZERO chance,sure even you can work out…why!

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      • Gerrit

         /  14th July 2020

        “have” ZERO chance?.

        Bridges was never a leader and like English is a much better 2IC. He had Labour on the back foot when they messed up the count after the last election when choosing the speaker (with JLR). He is better at the soup and nuts backroom strategy thinking.

        Collins is the only one that can take on Ardern and has the street smarts, cunning and think on her feet ability to do that. She destroyed Twyford (not hard) and is best suited to take on Ardern. Ardern is the Labour party so confronting the leader head on is the only option.

        Much is made what happened 6 years ago involving Collins, but like the Ardern “comrade” speech, wont have much effect on middle NZL,

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        • Blazer

           /  14th July 2020

          No…Collins supported Muller to roll Bridges.
          He will not have a bar of being her deputy.

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      • Duker

         /  14th July 2020

        Yes, Collins is an outside chance, all she would bring is the 2% ACT vote that had leaked over and keep National in the low 30s in the Polls.
        We have seen this movie before , this is just a sequel to Labours 9 years in opposition….
        To refresh the plot
        Experienced MP is replaced by newbie Mp who is replaced by a well known MP from the partys core support…who is replaced by ????
        But I think the Nats will speed it all up hoping to get to the end point quickly

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  13. Duker

     /  14th July 2020

    Audrey in the Herald gives some background on ‘that week’
    “The same could be said of the blatant mistruths he uttered on Thursday when answering media questions about the patient information health spokesman Michael Woodhouse had received. He was clearly an honest man, wanting to avoid answering a question but not knowing how.
    None of these added up to instances of what would be regarded in political terms as intolerable pressure. But the events of last week were clearly the end, not the beginnings of the strains of office. Muller quietly carried the burdens of office to breaking point.

    He had a tight circle of close confidantes, namely deputy Nikki Kaye and No 3 Amy Adams, and did not have a collegial style that his collegial manner would suggest. The decisions last week appear to have been dictated and run by Kaye and Adams, not by Muller.

    So the coverup and go silent as the strategy on Tues night was being made by likely leadership contenders?
    And then the attempt to cover Woodhouses backside blew up in his face as well
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12347847

    And Audrey calls it for what it was
    “The words “mental health” have not been used but Muller has had a breakdown, to the extent that he was unable to even make the emergency teleconference caucus call this morning to tender his resignation.”

    he skipped the Auckland Regional Party conference and skipped the scheduled Q+A TV show…filled in by Kaye.
    The last week wasnt the beginning of his troubles but rather the end
    Where does it leave Hooton , cant see him staying as an ‘advisor’, maybe in the week ahead will will find his back office had some big internal squabbles and the support team wasnt up to the job either.

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