So they are doing it.
The plummeting polls have spooked those lazy National Party MP suddenly facing what you and I face every day of the week post pandemic, unemployment.
Apparently unemployment is so terrifying to the list MPs that they will replace their own leader 4 months out from a general election.
This self interested panic is disgraceful.
Look, I will never vote for Simon Bridges in a million lifetimes, B-U-T if you think replacing him in a tsunami of selfish fear will lift your polling, you are not only utterly wrong strategically, you are devoid of any actual courage to be in politics.
Replacing Bridges this close to the election won’t save National from 30%, it will guarantee they plunge lower!
Everyone keeps saying ‘Todd Muller’ should be leader, to which i say, ‘who the fuck is Todd Muller’.
Todd Muller is like a fart in an elevator in that you don’t know where it came from, but you really wish it would leave.
Supporters of a leadership change will point to Labour’s experiment with Jacinda in 2017 to which I would say, ‘sure, but Jacinda was a genuine talent, none of your cavalcade of political circus freaks have anything close to her charisma and the only one how does, Nikki Kaye, wouldn’t be stupid enough to accept this poisoned chalice’.
For 8 weeks a panicked country watched the Prime Minister perform a masterclass in leadership and that panicked country loved her for it. National could have been led by Ronald Regan, John Key and Elvis and they would still be polling 30% because Jacinda is a phenomena.
Kiwi’s legitimately felt like they collectively fell over during this pandemic. Jacinda and Grant have come to them, given them a hug, told them everything is on the credit card until we can get back up on our feet and given us real kindness.
Simon Bridges on the other hand has just clipped you around your ear while you are still on the ground and barked, ‘Get up ya big girls blouse, we’ve got work to do”.
The electorate wanted help, not Captain Arsehole and the reality comedowns.
Jacinda’s leadership has made us proud and safe. Crisis breeds political loyalty and makes people understand the concept of solidarity as a cultural value.
This incredible majority poll result speaks of something else though because it isn’t just Jacinda’s amazing leadership, it is also the utter hollow vacancy of the political values of National.
Other than keeping power, National have no political values. You would think in a moment like this the values of self reliance, stoicism and individual rights could be articulated in a way that allowed National voters to hold their heads up, instead it’s all sounded bitter and utterly tone deaf.
In the week before lockdown, Bridges and Goldsmith hosted a press conference where they boasted how much Government regulation they were going to burn. A week out from a moment when NZers would be rushing to be protected by the state, Simon is boasting about dismantling it!
National’s political values are so empty that they forget the first role of the State is to protect the people. Changing leader now won’t fix that problem for National, only exacerbate it.
For all his faults, Bridges is no wimp and he will fight it out and while he can’t and won’t beat Labour in September, he can at least show they aren’t a party of desperate cowards.
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