If a party wants to become Government there are a few characteristics that is has to have. Fiscal competence is one. And unity is another.
Currently National has neither. Its fiscal strategy is a $10 billion dollar joke. And it is clearly factionalised and divided.
After yesterday’s incredible story about Denise Lee’s leaked email attacking Judith Collins for not understanding Auckland issues and for making policy on the hoof there was this extraordinary twitter fight between former chief of staff and occasional Standard reader Matthew Hooton and former Deputy Leader and pseudo westie Paula Bennett.
Newshub has the details in this video.
Believe me I know how this works. I lived through the Labour experience in 2014. Leaks are the weapons used by dissenters and if used properly can catch out and undermine leaders and make them look like fools.
But it is when the fight goes public that you know things are really bad. I have not seen this level of public disruption from National for decades. Here are the tweets for all to see.
Bennett’s tweet is astounding. So National had has policy, benchmark polling and campaign work prepared but the previous leadership refused to share it. Strong team eh.
Hooton is not showing signs of backing off.
This is very messy. During Labour’s darkest times at least the dissent only erupted publicly after the election.
And it gets worse for National. The only way to describe last night’s debate is Jacinda was ascendant and Judith was appalling.
The most important feature of a campaign is momentum. Yesterday’s events have well and truly killed any momentum National may have had.