Judith Collins probably felt pretty pleased with her Sunday opinion piece:
Judith Collins: Centre voters just the core, the action is on the fringes
Thanks to Jeremy Corbyn’s staggering rise to the top of the ranks in the British Labour Party, all I am hearing from pundits, commentators and ‘political strategists’ these days is that elections are won and lost in the centre. If they keep on saying it, it must be true, right?
Pah. What rubbish. Elections are never won or lost in the centre. Yes, the vast number of voters are in the centre but they won’t bother to change their vote (much less get out to vote) unless they actually have something to vote for. Mobilising the centre to move to the left or to the right, is what wins elections. If you want to stay in power, then the centre is what keeps you there. …
It goes on in much the same vein, with a focus on Jeremy Corbyn. But when it came to Phil Goff’s reply, Collins probably got a lot more than she expected:
Phil Goff responds
Judith’s column this week is the opening shot in her campaign to succeed John Key as National’s leader.
Her unlikely praise for Jeremy Corbyn being “a breath of fresh air” and fearless in expressing an opinion is about positioning herself to replace Key.
It’s a not-so-subtle attack on the well-known fact that John Key is not driven by strong values but rather the results of weekly polling and focus groups. Judith is inviting you to contrast Key’s soft positions with her post-demotion outspokenness on issues. …
Insightful analysis from Goff. Wonder if Collins is going to leave her run too late?