November 26, 2021
National talent scattered in leadership spills
The National Party’s problems won’t be over when it picks a replacement for Judith Collins next Tuesday.
That’s the word from former Mana Motuhake and Alliance leader Sandra Lee-Vercoe.
She says Ms Collins’ desperate attack on rival Simon Bridges that led to yesterday’s caucus vote of no confidence left her with no bargaining power with the party or with the public, which had tired of her negative approach.
It also exposed a shortage of appeal among the contenders, with Mr Bridges having also failed as a leader to lift the party in the polls, Mark Mitchell lacking political depth and Christopher Luxon lacking political experience.
Past leadership struggles have already cost National talented and popular politicians like Nikki Kaye, Amy Adams, Chris Finlayson and Paula Bennett.
So where the seats roll at the highest level of the leadership. A lot of these good people who seem to be aligned go over with them. National now has absolutely prosodies done. Quite without the effect of the Labour party and Jacinda Ardern. They’re going to pay the price. she says.
Sandra Lee says National has lost the internal discipline that made it such an effective voice for vested interests for decades, and it needs top-down and bottom-up reform – including a new president.