Another day and more leaks from within National’s caucus.
First up was news that John Key is favouring Judith Collins for the leadership position.
From Tova O’Brien at Newshub:
Newshub understands former Prime Minister Sir John Key has shown some support behind the scenes for Judith Collins to be National leader.
Key would not confirm this to Newshub, only to say, “I don’t comment on leadership issues” – but because of his standing in the party, MPs still go to him for advice and he commands huge respect in the National Caucus.
An endorsement – or even a subtle nod – could be a game-changer.
And the leaks are continuing:
Newshub was also leaked details of the National Party’s Caucus meeting on Tuesday, which included a specific warning to MPs not to talk to Newshub.
You could not make this up. Leaking to Newshub that you were told not to leak to Newshub takes a major amount of chutzpah.
This is death by a thousand cuts stuff. Bridges’ leadership is terminal at this stage. And it is trashing National’s reputation of being a disciplined unified political party.