Each demand for security, whether of employment, income or social position, implies the exclusion from such benefits of those outside the privileged group – and would generate demands for countervailing privileges from excluded groups. In such a situation all will lose. pic.twitter.com/WqaifA9jKf
— Margaret Thatcher (@MrsMThatcher) May 25, 2020
Just days after National got a new leader, Newhub reports that caucus is still leaking:
Newshub has been told by National MPs the new leadership is demanding loyalty after details of leader Todd Muller’s new staffing line-up were leaked to Newshub over the weekend.
And despite that demand of loyalty, the top-secret fortress that is the National Party caucus is already leaking like a sieve – several have shared details of the closed-door meeting with Newshub. . .
John Key used to remind his caucus that the media was never their friends. That hasn’t changed.
What on earth do the leakers think they will achieve? They are harming the party and won’t be helping themselves.
Leaking is stupid and it’s disloyal, and if there’s two things party members hate in its MPs it’s stupidity and disloyalty.
There’s less that four moths until the election.
National is starting from behind.
Winning isn’t impossible but it won’t be easy.
It will take everybody paddling the party waka, together in harmony. Everyone must work to not only keep it afloat but heading in the right direction, not leaking which could sink it.
Whether the leaker/s is/are motivated by utu or delusions of their own righteousness they are in the wrong.
They have a stark choice – get loyal or get out and let the rest of caucus and the party volunteers who will be working with them, get on with what matters – replacing the government with one that is far better equipped to get New Zealand out of the mess it’s in.
Some of us see people as people.
Only when the media started questioning why there are no Maori in the top few places of National’s new lineup did I begin thinking about race and so had a look at Labour’s lineup.
They’ve got one Maori in their top 10, it’s Kelvin Davis, the party’s deputy.
National’s number two is Nikki Kaye.
I’d back National’s talent over Labour’s tokenism any day.
One of the questions National leader Todd Muller has been asked is will he open the door to New Zealand First?
His answer is that the decision was made by caucus and it hasn’t changed.
Nor should it.
The door was closed for very good reasons, not least of which is NZ First’s leader Winston Peters can’t be trusted.
Before the last election he gave the usual spiel about waiting until after people had voted then began negotiations with both National and Labour, even though he was serving legal papers on two of National’s most senior MPS – Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley.
That was showing bad faith to both voters and National.
Since then he’s had his day in court, dropped the case against the MPs, lost the case against the Ministry of Social Development but has announced he’s appealing that decision.
Since then the Serious Fraud Office has begun investigating donations to the New Zealand First Foundation and its relationship with the party.
Since then he’s continued to act the way he always does, which is to put his own interests, and that of his party, first regardless of what’s best for the government of which he’s a part, or the country.
He simply can’t be trusted.
Shutting the door to NZ First gave people who want a National-led government a very clear message – if that’s what they want they’d be wasting their votes if they give them to NZ First.
Opening the door will suggest to them they could get a National-led government by voting for NZ First.
Much has been made of National’s rating in last weeks two polls, there’s been only passing reference to NZ First’s support which was well below the 5% required to stay in parliament without an electorate.
With a new leader and refreshed caucus, National’s support will climb again.
With the same old leader and same tiresome antics, there’s a very good chance that NZ First’s won’t.
National got a poll-bounce when it shut the door on NZ First earlier this year. Opening it would send the wrong signal to voters, and help NZ First at National’s expense.
The door was firmly shut months ago and it must stay shut.
Todd Muller has announced the refreshed responsibilities for his MPs:
He has taken Small Business and National Security.
His deputy Nikki Kaye has Education and Sports and Recreation.
Amy Adams, who had announced her retirement, is staying on with responsibility for Covid-19 Recovery.
Judith Collins: Economic Development, Regional Development, is Shadow Attorney-General and takes on Pike River Re-entry.
Paul Goldsmith keeps Finance and has responsibility for the Earthquake Commission.
Gerry Brownlee: Foreign Affairs, Disarmament; GCSB; NZSIS and Shadow Leader of House.
Michael Woodhouse keeps Health, is Deputy Shadow Leader of the House and Associate Finance
Louise Upston: Social Development and Social Investment.
Mark Mitchell: Justice and Defence
Scott Simpson: Environment, Climate Change and Planning (RMA reform)
Todd McCLay:Trade and Tourism
Chris Bishop has Infrastructure and Transport
Paula Bennett: Drug Reform and Women
Nicola Willis: Housing and Urban Development and Early Childhood Education
Jacqui Dean: Conservation
David Bennett: Agriculture
Shane Reti: Tertiary Skills and Employment, Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations and Associate Health
Melissa Lee: Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media and Data and Cybersecurity
Andrew Bayly: Revenue, Commerce, State Owned Enterprises and Associate Finance
Alfred Ngaro: Pacific Peoples, Community and Voluntary, and Children and Disability Issues
Barbara Kuriger: Senior Whip, Food Safety, Rural Communities
Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi:
Lawrence Yule: Local Government
Denise Lee: Local Government (Auckland)
Anne Tolley: Deputy Speaker
Parmjeet Parmar: Research, Science and Innovation
Brett Hudson: Police, Government Digital Services
Stuart Smith: Immigration, Viticulture
Simeon Brown: Corrections, Youth, Associate Education
Ian McKelvie: Racing, Fisheries
Jo Hayes: Whānau Ora, Māori Development
Andrew Falloon: Biosecurity, Associate Agriculture, Associate Transport
Harete Hipango: Crown Māori Relations, Māori Tourism
Matt King: Regional Development (North Island), Associate Transport
Chris Penk: Courts, Veterans
Hamish Walker Land Information, Forestry, Associate Tourism
Erica Stanford: Internal Affairs, Associate Environment, Associate Conservation
Tim van de Molen: Third Whip, Building and Construction
Maureen Pugh: Consumer Affairs, Regional Development (South Island), West Coast Issues
Dan Bidois: Workplace Relations and Safety
Agnes Loheni: Associate Small Business, Associate Pacific Peoples
Paulo Garcia: Associate Justice
At the time of the announcement SImon Bridges was considering his future, he nas subsequently announced he will stay on in parliament and contest the Tauranga seat again.