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Bridges supports Judith at this time

Written By: - Date published: 7:28 am, April 14th, 2021 - 10 comments
Categories: Judith Collins, leadership, national, same old national, Simon Bridges - Tags:

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.

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.

10 comments on “Bridges supports Judith at this time ”

  1. Sabine 1

    So she is the current Cunliffe? who will be Little? and who will be Ardern?

    meh. In the meantime…….

  2. Pat 2

    I guess we should care….but I cant bring myself to.

    • Sabine 2.1

      plus a billion

      yeah, who cares, there will be a bit more backstabbing among the decided losers until the next election cycle.

  3. Incognito 3

    No wonder National is going backwards when their Leader is always looking behind to see what the ‘supporters’ are up to. Mind you, it should be a lot easier now with a much smaller caucus. I think Winston Peters should close the circle and take over National’s leadership; he’s got the best credentials of all wannabe contenders and much better hair.

  4. Enough is Enough 4

    Why would Bridges take Luxon on the ticket?

    Luxon has reached the top of everything he has ever done. He isn't in parliament to represent the good folk of Botany. He wants to be PM and that is 100% clear to blind Freddy. Why can't Bridges see that.

    I would understand the reverse.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.1

      Good insight… they would need to blast Bridges out of the leadership. The last thing Bridges needs is to be looking over his shoulder.

      If you have an 'interim' leader in Collins, why not leave her there. The activist base seems to like her and shes knows the fundraising game. Shes near the end of her career, you think they could be 'just be nice' and let her see out her time.

    • Tricledrown 4.2

      Bill English teamed up with John Key that's what Bridges thinks will win National more support.

      Luxon is doing what called hat wearing going round the electorates grovelling to prospective voters wearing different hats showing he can fit in anywhere being local publicity making national news if possible.Hat wearing whether it's a clowns hat a contruction workers hat cowboy hat is a form of mirroring to the community the poly is visiting.

  5. dv 5

    Love this headline and comment.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/300276550/judith-collins-says-she-doesnt-want-national-to-peak-too-early-has-not-set-herself-a-party-vote-target

    Judith Collins says she doesn't want National to 'peak' too early, has not set herself a party vote target

    Bridges himself was less than definitive when asked about the matter on Tuesday, saying he supported Collins “at this time,” and that he talked “with lots of colleagues. I can’t be expected to remember everything I say.”

    Cant remember stuff huh.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 5.1

      Best for the opposition National party not to peak too early, nor trough(er) too late.

      I can’t be expected to remember everything I say. laugh

      Selective memory loss can be convenient for politicians of all flavours – wonder if Bridges remembers describing his colleague Maureen Pugh (current spokesperson for Emergency Management) as "f***ing useless"?

  6. The long term effects of the combination of covid and climate change on trade patterns are not optimistic.

    National know best, always. \

    Poor dears. They are discombobulated.

    Whatever happened to "free" trade" and market forces, less and less tax on business, less and less welfare payments( a la jonkey and shipley and english. english is married to a doctor, and look what he did to health funding. Now we have redundant self reliant capitalists begging for government "handouts".

    Nobody in the natzi ever cared about homelessness, hungry children.

    Reality can bite. Ruthless self interest is not a winning strategy.

    Capitalists and gang members need to get their (non collective) heads around that.

    Political power to favour their fat cat capitalist backers is the only thing that matters to

    wilson, luxon, bridges. The natz were formed to keep labour out of power so that farmers and other capitalists could thrive. luxon is already rorting the system with his accomadation allowance, according press reports.

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