Two years ago, NZ First upset National by winning the Northland by-election. Now, the question is whether Labour can do the same thing in the Northcote by-election. Stuff reported: The Northcote by-election might look like a romp in the park for National – but in reality could be anyone’s. National launched its campaign in Northcote … Continue reading Northcote by-election Bridges’ first test
Former Green party leadership contender Vernon Tava has been tipped to run for for National in the Northcote by-election. Tava used to be a member of the Greens and ran in the male co-leadership election in 2015 (despite not being an MP) and campaigned on moving away from a left-wing party to centrist environmentalist party. … Continue reading Tava’s candidacy a good strategic move
David Farrar recently compared Labour and National’s front benches. One of the more interesting thing to note is National has a far more MPs from Auckland. It’s a sound strategic move from Bridges. First, the last party leader since to win an election who was from outside of Auckland was Jim Bolger, back in 1990. … Continue reading National focusing on Auckland
National unveiled it’s new shadow cabinet yesterday, and there were some definite winners and losers. Judith Collins took up the housing portfolio – meaning she may face off with Phil Twyford over what is possibly New Zealand’s biggest issue. That’ll be a battle and a half. Todd McClay was another definite winner – taking Gerry … Continue reading National’s new shadow cabinet
Well, the relics of the Key-English era are leaving in droves. This time, former finance minister and National campaign manager Steven Joyce has left. His departure comes at an interesting time, after losing the leadership election reportedly being denied the finance role by Bridges. Sour grapes? In any case, with both him and English gone, … Continue reading Steven Joyce gone
Simon Bridges is the new National Party leader, and a cabinet reshuffle is on the horizon. So, what could happen? Who will go up, and who will go down? Here are my predictions: UP: Judith Collins – In the article I linked above, Bridges heavily praised Collins, and how she would make a “great attack … Continue reading What will happen in the shadow cabinet reshuffle?
Simon Bridges has been elected leader of the National Party. (And typically, I completely forgot to blog about it yesterday) But Simon is leader now, and this is where the hard part begins. Being the leader of the opposition for a first term government is probably the most difficult and thankless job in politics. He’s … Continue reading Now comes the hard part for Bridges & co.