It’s pretty grim reading for the new Nat leader this morning – Barry Soper: National selecting Simon Bridges counts itself out of next election
While the National Party whips were counting the votes for Simon Bridges after the second ballot in their super secret caucus yesterday they were also counting themselves out of the next election.
Mike’s Minute: Bridges a risky choice (video blah blah)
Labour’s been handed its second term. Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett won’t do it. I don’t see them beating Labour.
In her first presser as leader Jacinda Ardern rewrote the political landscape. Bridges?
The Tauranga MP gave a solid-enough performance, but perhaps highlighting the difficulty of the task ahead of him the press conference was somewhat a fizzer.
The atmosphere was, simply, a bit flat.
Even the luke warm anonymous Herald editorial can only manage –
Turning the page, Bridges will need to ensure voters do not forget the legacy of the Key-English Government if National is to go to the next election with a fighting chance.
Will be very interesting to see if Simon Bridges gets the traditional 4-5% new leader poll bump. https://t.co/71PkwUGVPu
— Neale Jones (@nealejones) February 27, 2018