GUEST BLOG: Willie Jackson: National are a party still in ‘pure denial’

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So Simon Bridges is the new leader of the National Party and Amy Adams is the new spokesperson for finance and what is the message from the new front bench of the National Party?

Pure denial.

So Simon Bridges is the new leader of the National Party and Amy Adams is the new spokesperson for finance and what is the message from the new front bench of the National Party?

Pure denial.

Amy Adams’ first press release is a journey into National Party delusion! Look at what National perceive are the issues confronting us as a nation.

“Labour’s overseas investment changes, employment law changes, and proposed new taxes…”

It’s almost as if National are simply not cognitive of the damage their last nine years in power has caused us as a people.

The new Government are proudly limiting the power and influence of rich foreign interests so that kiwis can own their own home, an issue that was secondary to National in favour of a speculative property bubble.

We are proudly changing employment law so that it is written to protect and empower workers because under National, worker safety and job quality went backwards.

Also, the Government will ensure the economy is fair for everyone by taxing those who escape their obligations by closing the loopholes National were so happy to allow exploitation.

National’s refusal to face up to the future challenges by fighting yesterday’s battles shows a party that are in denial that they even lost the last election.

The poor state of government that National left for us to clean up and fix is enormous but they’re delusional at how their economic settings which were biased towards the wealthy have exacerbated the hurt and suffering in our communities manages to eclipse the work before us.

While Simon Bridges deserves to be congratulated as the first Māori leader of a major party, his leadership will not improve things at all for National. There will be no more polls that will see the National Party at 45 percent plus, in fact, expect them to drop towards the mid-30s, and maybe even lower, over the next 12 months.

Now that’s not because Bridges isn’t a capable politician – because he is – but the reality is that he just doesn’t have the people skills or the ‘feel’ for the people that our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, most certainly has.

It’s been a magnificent last couple of months for Jacinda, who has captured the hearts of kiwis everywhere she goes. Her presentation at Waitangi was the finest performance from a Prime Minister that I have ever seen at that venue.

There’s no doubt that she’s got ‘magic’ written all over her, but I suppose the big question will be, how long can that last? Of course we’re all hoping that that’s going to be at least 9 years, but time will tell.

Until National can acknowledge their own hand in the damage they’ve left us to heal, they are in no position to offer solutions.

Appointing Simon Bridges and Amy Adams to the leadership is only going to make things worse for them. Both John Key and Bill English had much broader support than Bridges and Adams, and National will feel the effects of the Key-English resignations over the next few months.


First published in the Manukau Courier 

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  1. Castro says:

    The message is that they will probably win in 2020; there will be more than 100,000 (conservative estimate) additional foreign (i.e. resident, but not citizen) voters by the next election. All the Natzis need to do is wait.

    • J S Bark J S Bark says:

      I’m happy to live in the here and now and let 2020 prove which of us is right when it’s 2020…

  2. Michelle says:

    Yes Willie I agree with you, they are in denial and they still haven’t faced up to the fact that they lost the last election fair and square. For adams to raise those issues shows how far removed they are from too many NZers as they still want to do the same old stuff the very stuff that has deeply divided this country, so divisive were they.

  3. Michelle says:

    I don’t think they will win the 2020 election Castro because the damage they have done is so visible when you hurt the environment you hurt us as a people. I believe the new government will at least get another term possibly 2 more. Did you get a message from the Gods or did you read the tea leaves Castro ?

  4. Johnnybg says:

    This blog is simply an exercise in labour party propaganda. What are they doing to make a real difference? Bloody nothing but enjoying the rewards of being part of a party political dictatorship that’s in the pockets global interests (just like the Nats). The battle for the future of nation is between those who believe in globalisation & those who’re against it. It’s time to make a choice & take a stand, as the survival of our nation is at stake.

  5. Cassie says:


    The proverbial penny will drop too late though. Most people still believe that having “political parties” and “voting” means that there’s hope for change for better.
    BUT THE FACTS & The Bigger picture proves otherwise.

    (Bigger Picture = viewing ALL Main Trends over past 4 decades,
    All of which have been DETRIMENTAL to NZ workers & family wellbeing.

    “Globalisation” (a popularised Buzz word for what in fact always was “Somebody Else” s idea) gained a significant foothold too many years ago.

    I fear it’s rather too late for NZ.
    Our Nation is no longer.

    ” Diversity” ( people sucked in by another popularised Buzz word)
    has brought dissolution
    =Dissolving of existing NZ KIWI Culture


    • Johnnybg says:

      It’s never for too late; mobilise, rise up, strike em where it hurts & liberate; a Heartland NZ Brigade perhaps?

  6. simonm says:

    “There’s no doubt that she’s (Jacinda) got ‘magic’ written all over her, but I suppose the big question will be, how long can that last?”

    I don’t know the answer to this question Willie, but complete clusterfucks like Labour’s handling of the sexual assault allegations at its summer camp sure won’t help!

  7. Zack Brando says:

    I agree National are still in denial, as are the media who have been covering National as if they were still Ministers and running the country. Though given their resent resignations, leadership change and reduction in pay packets – reality is surely slowly starting to set in.

  8. Michelle says:

    This picture looks so false when these two finnish politics they could take up acting.

  9. Michelle says:

    Siamese twins

  10. phillip ure says:

    shame about you being ‘in complete denial’ about

    care to explain that..?