I can’t believe that I am still writing on this topic. And I can’t believe that Simon Bridges has not been disciplined. In not dissimilar circumstances David Cunliffe was demoted and ostracised.
From Jenna Lynch at Newshub:
… there are rumours of a Simon Bridges and Christopher Luxon leadership ticket.
“It’s nothing more than whispers and I also know that the caucus is fully behind me,” Collins says.
A grinning Bridges pouring lukewarm water on the whispers.
“It’s all just chatter, it’s all just rumour and speculation and I support Judith Collins at this time,” he says.
He’s also coy over whether he’s discussed a run with Luxon.
“I talk to lots of colleagues. I can’t be expected to remember everything I say.”
Collins may be right, these may be just whispers, but it doesn’t take long for whispers to become murmurs and murmurs to become shouts. That’s what saw Bridges get rolled last year, and the way he’s talking, season two of the ‘Bridges Show’ might not be off the cards.
Neale Jones had some fun on twitter.
Bridges having the time of his life. pic.twitter.com/kADPh6T0Aa
— Neale Jones (@nealejones) April 13, 2021
The golden rule is to pledge support without qualification. Anything less than this invites damaging speculation. Saying “at this time” especially so.
Keep it up National. A sub 20% poll is not far away.