Tip line is running hot with intense power struggles occurring behind the scenes within National.
The internal polling is showing National in free fall and a sudden fear amongst National’s Backbenchers that they are for the chop next year is spurring many to start seeking alternative offers.
Much of the Leadership were grooming the easily manipulated Paula Bennett for PM post Key, but her meltdown over the last 2 months has dented her credibility. The Judith Collins faction are moving and if they can recruit Maggie Barry who has large numbers of Backbenchers in her pocket, there could be real friction if National’s plummet is mirrored in the public polls.
The Auckland Mayoralty race for the right has broken into a Lusk-Slater faction for Judith Collins fighting the Boag faction for Bennett over who will be in a position to dominate the election process next year.
The cracks within National are building momentum with every passing week.