“I am not a Monster”, hissed the Monster
The rumour mill has been running hot all month about the moves against Bill English, it’s finally spilled out to Barry Soper so it’s as close to official as it’s going to get.
Here’s the most feared outcome. Judith Collins is teaming up with Simon Bridges to take out the Leadership with Judith as Leader and Bridges as Deputy. Co-conspirators are meeting in Bridge’s electorate to plot the coming coup.
The attacks against Bill were started late last year when ‘someone’ started leaking the details of how much English knew in the Todd Barclay affair. That ‘someone’ was heavily rumoured to be someone inside National who wanted Bill weakened.
That ‘someone’ will be instrumental in the new coup now.
Bridges is the future of the Party and is incredibly smart. He played the new government horrifically by simply having a puzzled look on his face for the first day of Parliament. He is also great friends with Matthew Hooton so expect the Hoot to be eye ball deep in the coup.
The reason why Collins is likely to be Leader is because only she can truly manipulate the spite, hate and anger deep inside National voters who believe they were cheated. She can turn that ugliness into political muscle and she is a fan favourite of the Chinese ‘Blue Dragon’ faction inside the National Party who are now the most powerful faction inside the Party.
If Judith becomes Leader with Bridges as Deputy that means Cameron Slater (Judith’s de facto son) and Matthew Hooton (Bridges’ de facto best friend) will have unprecedented influence and power.
While the new Government stumbles over itself to be inclusive, our enemy grows and is about to become vastly more powerful while some of the most venomous political thugs get welcomed back into the Leaders Office.
It will need far more rational players inside National to stop this, Paula Bennett had been groomed as the safe replacement to block Collins from becoming Leader because National Party Leadership are terrified what Collins would do with the power, but it looks like they have failed to stop Collins and Bridges building momentum.
The other rumour pushing for Bill’s replacement within National is the belief that the video footage of the SAS war crimes in Afghanistan which Bill claims he has seen and doesn’t show war crimes is actually ‘out there’ and it is only a matter of time before it is made public which will make Bill’s claim that there was no war crime look indefensible.
Watch where Maggie Barry, Mark Mitchell and Jami-Lee Ross jump to see if Judith will become the new Queen.
Jacinda’s got 99 problems, Judith Collins could be 98 of them.