Party bigger than leader & caucus

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 spectacles. It also means I have a better knowledge, and much more positive view, of many MPs than others get through the media and that gives me confidence that the party is far from ruin and is  poised for resurgence.

Whoever the new leader is, the caucus  will, with discipline, focus and unity,  hold the government to account for its many failings; and, in consultation with, and input from, members, it will develop better policies for dealing with the many challenges New Zealand faces.

Caucus will have the support of the wider party and, as it hasn’t for more than three years, it will show it can not only run itself well, but is ready, willing and able to run the country.

The cost of doing anything else is far too high and would risk turning McCulloch’s assertion into a prophesy that came true.

6 Responses to Party bigger than leader & caucus

  1. Heather Adam says:

    Thank you Ele. I look forward to National being a strong opposition again.

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  2. homepaddock says:

    Heather – yes and then we can look forward to a National government again.

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  3. […] aka Ele Ludemann ex Southern Party Chair, so yes, ” open to she would say that”, has a summary that is factual and forward looking. that deserves a much wider audience. Nothing like what the media is producing based on Potty […]

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  4. adolffinkensen says:

    Hello HP

    I have watched from afar as my beloved National Party has been torn to bits by what appears to be a small bunch of monumentally stupid MPs who would rather rather fight with their team mates than kick Labour.

    I sincerely hope you can get rid of these idiots and ensure none similar are pre-selected.

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  5. Andrei says:

    Credibility has to be earned and it is very hard to earn

    It is easily lost though and once lost….

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  6. adamsmith1922 says:

    Reblogged this on The Inquiring Mind.

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