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Party bigger than leader & caucus

30/11/2021

Homepaddock

RNZ deputy political editor, Craig McCulloch, says that Judith Collins leaves National’s leadership with the party in ruins.

No it’s not. The party is bigger than the leader and caucus and neither the caucus nor the party are anywhere near ruined.

On Friday I was with the capacity crowd for the party’s Southern Region’s Christmas lunch.

I can’t speak for everyone there, but the mood of those I conversed with was one of relief and cautious optimism.

Most of the media had been predicting the end of Judith’s leadership from almost the start of it.

For several reasons, some of her own making, some not, predictions that she would be replaced sooner, rather than later, were gaining more and more traction.

She precipitated her own demise and that has provided an opportunity that the whole party can grasp.

Being a member of course means I’m looking through blue tinted…

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