And they are off. Judith Collins is the first out of the block and has announced that she will be seeking the leadership of the National Party.
She did this by way of a tweet.
I’m announcing my candidacy for Leader of the NZ National Party. We’re going to need strong & decisive leadership if we’re going to win in 2020. I’m that person.
— Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) February 13, 2018
Shen then managed to secure an interview on Radio New Zealand who have said this:
Ms Collins said she believed the party needed strong and decisive leadership.
“We also need somebody that can operate in a way that will, in fact, bring about a lot of stress on the current government, and leader of the opposition is one of the toughest jobs in politics.
“So I’m one of the few people in our caucus who’s had any experience in opposition and it is not going to be easy but we do need to do that,” she said.
“I’ve got a plan to get 61 votes at the end of 2020 and I believe that I can do it, it’s not going to be easy but I can do it.”
Supporters have drawn a link between her potential bid and that of Margaret Thatcher in the United Kingdom for the Conservative Party leadership in the 1970s. Thatcher was also a rank outsider but won through a matter of luck and timing and the fact that no one else with any credibility wanted the job. Crusher is probably thinking she can do the same.
I am confident that she would not be able to repeat Thatcher’s success. Although she could fracture National and create a second right wing party which could actually be helpful for them.
Meanwhile her BFF is saying that any contender who offers Steven Joyce a senior position will lose and that Amy Adams has major ethics problems. This could get interesting.