National talents scattered in leadership spills
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The National Party’s problems will not be over when it chooses a replacement for Judith Collins next Tuesday.
That’s the word of 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 no-confidence vote left her no bargaining power with the party or with the public, who were fed up with her approach negative.
It also revealed a lack of appeal among the candidates, with Mr Bridges also failing as a leader to lift the party up in the polls, Mark Mitchell lacking political depth and Christopher Luxon lacking political experience.
Past leadership struggles have already taken their toll on talented and popular national politicians like Nikki Kaye, Amy Adams, Chris Finlayson and Paula Bennett.
So where the seats roll at the highest level of management. A lot of these good people who seem to be aligned go with them. National has now absolutely done prosodies. Quite without the effect of the Labor Party and Jacinda Ardern. They are going to pay the price. she says.
Sandra Lee says National has lost the internal discipline that made it such an effective voice for special interests for decades, and needs top-down and bottom-up reform – including a new president.