Judith Collins has more reasons to be worried. There is a rumour of a Simon Bridges-Chris Luxon leadership ticket potentially having a run for the leadership of the National Party.
In this paywalled article Claire Trevett in the Herald reports that there is talk about the possibility of a Bridges Luxon leadership ticket but that it is still in its infancy. Presumably the idea is that Bridges would contest the next election, probably fail, but by then Luxon would be in a position to take over.
The proposal is very risky and underlines what bad shape the party is in. To go from one stand in leader to a second stand in leader in the hope that someone who has only been on the job for 5 minutes could then take over and lead the party to victory has a whole pile of risky assumptions. And basically they are conceding they will not win the next election.
I cannot imagine that Collins will go quietly, or Bridges for that matter if the plan succeeds. If National’s polling gets over 30% then Collins, or Bridges, will want to hold on for dear life.
The article is further evidence that National’s caucus is leaking like a sieve. As Trevett says there is little point beyond malevolence and perhaps a self-destructive streak in MPs leaking against her if a leadership change is not currently under way.