Dear National MPs,
Bill English leaves the party and caucus in very good shape.
Please don’t let personal ambition and internal politicking put that at risk.
Party rules leave choosing the leader up to you.
I’m happy with that. I don’t want the projected and public messing about Labour’s rules subjected it to when Andrew Little became leader without caucus support.
Nor do I want you to make any of the other mistakes Labour made for most of its time in opposition.
The National caucus has been united and almost leak-free since John Key became leader. Please keep it that way during the leadership selection and more importantly once the new leadership team is in place.
Voters punished Labour’s dysfunction for good reasons.
Please learn from that and get the right leader the first time.
Once you have that leader, give her or him your loyalty and direct all your energy to developing policy and preparing for a return to government.
Stardust might make good copy for shallow media but it can’t magically solve problems in health, education, the economy, welfare and security which is what really matter to people.
One-term governments are rare.
If you pick the right leader and work as a cohesive and united team with him or her, the current one could be.
Yours sincerely and hopefully,
A National volunteer.