Judith Collins is probably the preferred choice for leader among Nat members – but of course they don’t get a say in the matter. Instead she had her bid quickly crushed in the back-room leadership process – seems she doesn’t have many friends among her colleagues.
Bill English has just made his opinion clear. While fellow leadership contender Coleman was left untouched, Collins was the biggest loser – demoted and stripped of her prized portfolios / posturing platforms, police and corrections.
What next for Collins? Burning ambition, a significant personal following, no future in National. Time jump to ACT? She must fancy her chances of taking over that pretend party and building it up to a “kingmaker” role.