“We did not just lose, we got hammered,” Smith told the National Party faithful in Nelson. “It was our worst result since 2002.”
A drop-in support nationally from 44.4 per cent in 2017 to 25.6 per cent in 2020 was “a reminder of how poorly we have done”.
Astonishing sagacity enunciated by former Nelson MP, Nic Smith – a member of the once renowned Brat Pack of National, when I was a National MP.
What Nic Smith omits to mention is that he was dumped by his electorate.
Dumped big time.
Labour’s Rachel Boyack cruised in with over 3,500 vote majority.
That electorate vote, by any measure, delivered a clear signal to the incumbent.
In his critique of the election results via Stuff, Mr Smith focuses on his view of where ‘the Party’ failed. Mr Smith does not focus on why – he failed.
There may however, be a hidden message in his statement:
“My view is also the retirements that we had also contributed to a lack of confidence in the ability for National to go forward.”
That hidden message being: “The Party needs me back in the House because I am one of the few remaining dinosaurs who have defied Darwin’s theory of evolution?”
Unfortunately, I am drawn to conclude that Mr Smith considers that he is indispensable.
What I consider to be most disturbing for the National party; is that Mr Smith has availed himself to the protection of a higher List placing and will return to parliament in spite of his former Electorate’s assessment of his performance and acceptability to remain as their representative. (The party vote also deserted National.)
As a former National MP of 9 years and former supporter (however this past election I voted Labour – along with a host of other Natz- according to the Statz); it is my view that National must rebuild.
I considered that there was nothing in National – from policy to politicians – which appealed. Blind fealty is not my cuppa.
National must Rebuild.
Rebuild from the top down – for as the saying goes: Fish rots from the head.
A new Board – devoid of pressures from Michelle Boag and her fraternity.
A new president.
That Board must focus on a candidate selection process which gives power back to Electorates over the Party making up the delegate voter numbers which (invariably – in my assessment) ensures the Prime Minister or Board, install their preferred electorate candidate – which undermined the democratic process.
Afterall! The Board have carte blanche when it comes to the List selections.
And retaining Nic Smith as a List MP when his retirement would begin the process of bringing in new blood on the List?
You make your own assessment of where lies Mr Smith’s loyalty.
Ross Meurant, graduate in politics both at university and as Member of Parliament; formerly police inspector in charge of Auckland police spies; currently Honorary consul for an African state and is an international businessman.