It’s been a naff week for Simon Bridges (you know the guy, current National leader, eyes like the last puppy in the pet shop). Last weekend’s National party conference tried to put the me into meh and predictably failed to ignite the nation.
Bridges looks out of his depth and fresh out of ideas.
Today, in a Parliamentary stand up, he called his deputy Paula Benefit.
“Winston Peters spends a huge amount of time on me, on Paula Ben, Benefit, Bennett,” Simon says.
Then dribbles “Let’s start that again.” Which is a probably a sentiment shared by many in National’s caucus. Barbie anyone?
But … I know what you’re thinking. Is Bridges really that hopeless? Really?
I think not. It’s actually a superb defensive move, shifting attention onto the only person more likely than himself to get sacked.
As Winston noted the other day, the jackals go for the weak first.
And accidentally on purpose making Bennett look like a chump might be a sign of a strategic genius. If a sacrificial lamb is needed, better Bennett than Bridges.
Well, that’s what Simon will be thinking if he actually is a tactical titan.
Of course, he might just be an accident prone doofus.
It’s so hard to tell. So very hard.
Jacinda Ardern is back in a couple of days and Winston Peters has not been the least bit bothered by Bridges, who bizarrely chose to spend the last few weeks as far away from people as he could get. Ignore the rumour that he’s been away interviewing for the vacant role as TOP’s leader. They’re not that desperate.
Oh, well, here’s a tune that nicely describes how Soimon must currently feel.
Doledrums, by the Chills.
The benefit arrives and life goes on and on …