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Chris Finlayson: Former National MP on the 'doozy' of a situation Judith Collins created, who should replace her
Surprise from Judith Collins' former and current colleagues, about how her time as National leader came to an end.
MP Jacqui Dean has told the Otago Daily Times she's surprised and disappointed Collins used a conversation from some weeks ago to demote Bridges.
But speaking exclusively to Newstalk ZB, Collins says she has no regrets about demoting Simon Bridges.
Former colleague Chris Finlayson told Kate Hawkesby while he isn’t surprised by her departure, but he is shocked by how it happened.
“It is a real doozy.”
He said the frontrunners for leadership, Luxon and Mitchell, are both are very able.
Kate Hawkesby: Who I think should replace Judith Collins
Who’d be in politics, eh? I mean talk about brutal.
How do they just keep getting knocked over and get back up again. It’s so so tough. I don’t know what came over Judith, apart from obvious desperation and I actually feel a great deal of sympathy for her; she clearly felt so backed into a corner she lost all perspective. And I don’t know whose advising her anymore or if anyone did, but it goes to show how important the team around you is, the perspective, the depth of talent needed.
And that’s what worries me going forward. I think a reheated Simon 2.0 is just Simon again but at a different time. There’s nothing that leaps out at me to say he’s morphed into a considered strategic and smart team player. He still seems unable to hold his cards close to his chest, keep his cool, look considered and elder statesman like. He’s more relaxed, for sure, but I don’t know that’s enough to lead this motley crew and rein them in as much as they clearly need to be reined in.
Then there’s Luxon. Still new, naïve, learning, unsure, and still not media savvy enough on the hoof. He looks like a guy that’s used to being briefed with press statements and sound bites in a corporate office, but when he’s door stopped by a reporter with a microphone out in the real world, he looks a bit like possum in headlights. Like it or not, being media savvy is a huge requirement of the job, and he needs work there. Not too much work or you end up looking too scripted, but maybe it’s just confidence he needs.
Also, the media will play up the Christian thing with him because it’s an easy hit and the media seem to have it in for anyone exhibiting any sign of a faith. That’ll be tough for him to dial down in a way that doesn’t alienate him from conservatives, while also not freaking out the mainstream that he’s too happy clappy. Bill English got away with his faith I think because he was Catholic, whereas evangelical is a big leap.
So Luxon’s a risk, but then again, they all are.
Mark Mitchell - by the way, if Mark Mitchell gets it, I just want it on the record that I said way back, at the get go, that Mark could be leadership material and had potential. He’s solid, ex Police, tough on crime and justice, fights for the underdog, is genuine, takes the job seriously. He’s in it for the right reasons. Whether he’s the man to take it all the way for National in 2023 remains to be seen however.
I wish the women in there were more experienced and up for it. You have some great talent in Erica Stanford and Nicola Willis but I'm not sure leadership's their goal at this stage. And there's something smart about a long game, and with the state National's in, the long game may look the most appealing.
So, we wait for Tuesday, and all the titbits of leaking between now and then.
Who knows where this will all end up, all I know is, whoever it is, has got their work cut out for them.
Vincent McAviney: Europe correspondent on Channel crossing tragedy
England and France are at odds over how to deal with illegal migrants crossing the Channel, after 27 people died trying to get across.
It's the largest loss of life there in a decade.
Europe correspondent Vincent McAviney told Kate Hawkesby 25,000 migrants are trafficked across each year from Iran, Iraq, Syria and Eritrea.
He said they're smuggled by gangs from the Netherlands, Belgium and France.
McAviney said the French believe the coastline's too hard to police, so Britain's offering to send officers to help, but France is resisting that.
Greg Harford: Retail NZ Chief Executive hopeful Black Friday sales will give retail sector much-needed boost
The retail sector is in for a much-needed boost today.
The industry is set to make about 270-million dollars from Black Friday sales.
Retail NZ Chief Executive Greg Harford told Kate Hawkesby he's hoping Kiwis will get out and support businesses.
“It could really be busier than Boxing Day. Black Friday has become a really significant part of the shopping calendar.”
Lara Greaves: Auckland University political commentator on Judith Collins' actions leading to leadership loss
Judith Collins says history will judge her kindly, for her decision to demote Simon Bridges.
Collins was removed from the leadership yesterday -- after her surprise decision to demote Bridges the night before.
She says she was acting on a complaint from a female caucus colleague about comments Bridges made in that colleague's presence five years ago.
Speaking exclusively to the Mike Hosking Breakfast, Collins says it was an inappropriate action, by a person in a position of power.
She says in the fullness of time, people will see she did the right thing for the party, knowing there would be consequences for her.
Auckland University political commentator Lara Greaves told Kate Hawkesby opinion is likely to be divided.
She says the culture of Parliament isn't comfortable for women and for many people, but on the scale of what could have been, this seems to be on the minor side.
Kate Hawkesby: National Party have completely stuffed this up
What the hell is going on inside the National Party?
Here's the problem with that question. We shouldn't even be asking it. We shouldn't need to ask it. They shouldn't be making everything about them and drawing attention to themselves in this way - at a critical time for the opposition to make hay, with so much material available to them to clobber the government with. What are they thinking?
This hit job on Bridges is so poorly timed, mind you, so is his clearly bungled coup attempt.
But look at all the things they could be jumping on here: the staggering MIQ announcement yesterday - no Kiwis coming home for Christmas, no trans-Tasman bubble, in fact, no access for Australians at all without MIQ until April next year for goodness' sake.
I mean this is the most cruel and crazy decision. In fact, even the Kiwis who can come home mid-January still have to self-isolate for seven days when they do. It's pure fortress NZ madness and ripe fodder for a functioning opposition.
Add to that, the traffic light law rushed through under urgency last night - flawed and full of government over reach with holes all through it - again, ripe for the picking.
You can also add to all this the fact that today is day 100 of Auckland being locked down... one hundred.
Which in and of itself is so unbelievable and unnecessary. The timing right now for the opposition to have an absolute field day with the Government's mess is all there for the taking, and yet what does National do? Shoot itself in the foot, again.
And let's look at the incredulous leap we're expected to make here - again timing wise, in regards to this Jacqui Dean complaint.
She's had 5 years to litigate this and pursue it. Why now? Why wasn't it canvassed when Simon was elected leader? Why wasn't it raised when Todd Muller rolled Simon as leader? Why was it never pursued earlier when she had 5 years to pursue it?
Yet, on the brink of an alleged coup attempt by Simon, this complaint magically appears.
And speaking of Simon, coup 101 mate, do it quietly. Grinning all over the media like the cat who got the cream, playing with questions from journalists like it's all a big game, leaking about your prospects - how's that smart?
All that did was infuriate Judith, strengthen her resolve, clue her in to your plans, and ensure she was going to hobble them... and you.
And here we are. Back at the root of everything National keeps getting wrong - forgetting who they're here to serve, forgetting they're a team.
All this self-serving crap does is put voters off, and make the National Party look like even more of a circus than the government currently is, which is really saying something.
This is an opportunity squandered, a terribly timed hit job, on the back of a bungled coup attempt, by a party that just cannot get out of its own way.
This station certainly leans to the ‘right’ in this weird woke world. But that’s obvious and god knows we need something to balance out the bias in the other direction.
Nothing more than a biased and bigoted right wing mouthpiece for the National party.
It is not true.