‘Had a guts full’

Jamie Mackay got a very straight answer when he asked National Party leader Judith Collins about her future as leader:

You can listen to the recording of the interview by clicking the link above and hear the vehemence with which Judith responds at 2:49.

Judith Collins, leader of the National Party, says she has “had a gutsful” of people speculating that she won’t be leader for much longer.

“I’m actually sick and tired of people talking about me and who is going to be the leader of the National Party – I’m the leader of the National Party – why don’t they just get their heads around that and get on with the job?” she told The Country’s Jamie Mackay.

Casting doubt over her leadership benefited nobody except her opposition, Collins said.

“Every time people talk about that sort of crap, all they do is that they give comfort to the Labour Party left.

“So don’t moan to me because I’m doing my job – everyone needs to get on and do theirs – and I’m actually not putting up with it anymore.” . .

In the not so distant past, few in the media thought it was their job to undermine party leaders. Now it has become routine for some.

Doing that isn’t necessarily partisan – the media needled Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Cunliffe and Andrew Little with speculation on their prospective demise.

As successive polls showed Simon Bridges was unpopular, they started on him, even though National was polling a little higher or just a little lower than Labour until Covid-19 struck and changed the political landscape.

Todd Muller was leader for just a couple of days before he was attacked for having a MAGA hat but the fact he also had Hillary Clinton memorabilia was ignored.

The media generally agreed that Judith was his only likely successor but within a very short time of her becoming leader speculation on how long she would last and who would succeed her began and hasn’t let up.

Time and time again, reporters and commentators accentuate the negative, ignore or understate the positive and continue to speculate on the security of Judith’s leadership with nothing on which to base it except their own bias.

No leader serves forever so sooner or later speculation about the end to her leadership will be proved right. But that should come at the will of the party, and more particularly the caucus which elects its leader, not media manufacturing discontent, undermining her support and mistaking their own speculation for evidence.

 

2 Responses to ‘Had a guts full’

  1. adamsmith1922 says:

    Reblogged this on The Inquiring Mind and commented:
    Unfortunately we seem to have an activist media, most of whom are unable to be objective on political issues and some who see it as their mission in life to act on behalf of Ardern.

    Like

  2. pdm1946 says:

    Good to hear, I was listening to that interview, Judith Collins spitting it out in plain english. Makes a pleasant change and contrast from the `sloganeering’ of Ardern and her Ministers.

    Like

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