Tuesday, February 27, 2018

A Bridges Too Far

Being far removed from the National Party Adolf can say what he likes without fear of rocking any boats.

I think the election of Bridges as parliamentary leader is a serious mistake.  However, time will tell but I think Labour will be well pleased and will look forward to an easy win in 2020.

Winston Peters will be laughing his head off.

What of the other contenders?  My advice would be to keep their heads down and let him get on with making a fool of himself.  Say nothing critical but refrain from helping him out when he stuffs up.

Good luck Gnats.  You are going to need it.

15 comments:

gravedodger said...

It's not April the first is it, hang on it was announced after Noon so that can't be it.
The Caucus must either be seeing something as yet un revealed or they really are rudderless.
Since Bridges announced too many women have expressed doubt and they mainly represent the National demographic

I am wondering if Bennett was re-elected or no one else wanted to be in the boat.

Geography, racial balance, out the window, will it be a winner, I dont think so.

Noel said...

Media is claiming Bennett was the only on who put their hand up for deputy before the voting.
Obviously he position not under threat as some had claimed.

https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/02/26/92567/live-vote-begins-to-decide-new-national-leader.



Noel said...

Opps "her"
https://twitter.com/GCSBIntercepts/status/968287430024486912/photo/1

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

"her'

Well done, Noel.

Andrei said...

I beg to differ Adolf - I know the grumpy old curmudgeon demographic is upset, whaleoil is positively apoplectic, but I think the choice is inspired

(1) He is of the same generation as the light and fluffy Jacinda

(2) He is married with young children, she is unmarried and pregnant - he can do the Women's Weekly thing as well as her

(3) He is a socially conservative Church going Christian - she is a Godless Athiest

(4) They have been debating each other for years on the radio without showing malice so he can confront her without seeming to be a sexist white male putting a woman in her place

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Andrei

We will all just have to wait and see.

Nick K said...

Maybe no one saw it as a viable career move being his deputy?

Anonymous said...

Don't forget he's Mayooree as well. That's worth 50% alone even though its only 15% of the question. I suspect he could deal to Ms Ardern one on one but we know she has Mallard riding shotgun for her and a media that just loves her so its not even. I hope he improves rapidly because if she gets her teeth into him he's a goner.

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Duncan Brown said...

I read a media report that said Judith Collins self-nominated for deputy .

Psycho Milt said...

(3) He is a socially conservative Church going Christian - she is a Godless Athiest

Yep! And I really hope that difference gets as much media attention as it deserves, because the voter market for socially-conservative church-going Christians is pretty small.

Wilbur said...

Ardern was your typical do-gooding Christian up until early adulthood before befriending dungaree-wearing bulldykes at University, losing her faith and then proceeded to swap one nutty belief system (Mormonism) for another, even more nutty belief system (leftism/liberalism).

George said...

If it annoys 'whale oil' great stuff.
No doubt he's all on about the SAS car mechanic as well?
Popcorn is ready

Anonymous said...

Wilbur......you scare me.

Lord Egbut

Johno said...

There's a lot of bullcrap (Soper in particular) being put about that the Bridges selection is a big mistake because it ignores the wishes of the Nat base.

That's cr@p. Labour kowtowed to their base, against the wishes of their caucus and ended up with Cunliffe and Little. How well did appeasing their base work for them?

The parliamentary caucus has selected the parliamentary leader, and in only two rounds of voting. It means they have a chance of being mostly unified an on point. If they had selected a leader without widespread caucus support (Collins?) it would be a mess.

Personally I would have liked it to be Collins, despite the stinking baggage of Whaleoil. But I think that would appeal to 30% and annoy 70% of the voters.


Johno said...

PM: "(3) He is a socially conservative Church going Christian - she is a Godless Athiest

Yep! And I really hope that difference gets as much media attention as it deserves, because the voter market for socially-conservative church-going Christians is pretty small."

According to the 2013 Census, "49.0% of those who answered the question on religion identified themselves as Christian"

About 20% of New Zealand employees belong to a union.

So I would say the voter market for union affiliated and selected pollies is much smaller.