No Minister

Be careful what you wish for

I see plenty of people on Twitter posting about how we should be nice to Todd Muller when discussing his resignation, because it’s a very tough gig being Leader of the Opposition and it’s good he’s being honest about it being too tough for him.  Well, yes, that’s true, but I feel like pointing out two things:

First:  Muller must have known what a tough gig Leader of the Opposition is when he mounted a coup and rolled Simon Bridges, because he’d watched Bridges struggle with it for two years. So he must have had plenty of confidence he was up to the job. This over-estimation of one’s own capability seems to be common among politicians, especially the more ambitious ones (and Muller is one of those – he was a back-bencher when he mounted the coup, for fuck’s sake. His allies Adams and Kaye were far more experienced and better-qualified for the job than him).

Second:  Ardern’s much more self-aware approach to the job (had to be begged to take it on, expressed qualms about her ability to cope with it) has proved a far better basis for leadership than Muller’s over-confidence. And if you think Muller’s had a tough time of it and deserves some respect for being honest enough to admit it was too much for it, consider what Ardern’s had to deal with over the last three years and then have a think about how much strength of character that must take.

Written by Psycho Milt

July 14, 2020 at 1:10 pm

Posted in New Zealand

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  1. Agree entirely, Milt. National, the party of supposed competence panicked when Bridges or whoever was leader at the time would have made no difference. So with Muller now out they can’t go back to Bridges, so that is two birds with one stone…plus Bennett! Amy “I’m retiring to spend time with my family…no I’m not” Adams, Nikki Kaye and Michelle Boag who engineered the Muller coup have a lot for which to answer.

    And Muller caved under the media pressure of a MAGA hat and an idiot MP leaking? Hopeless leader candidate selection. No Minister regulars can moan Cindy gets an easy ride from the media, but she’s been there three years, and while she and her government has other deficiencies, time for National to face the fact that they have been more incompetent.

    Now let’s see if they compound the incompetence by ignoring Judith Collins. Is the only choice, and as per Labour’s successful Hail Mary pass to Ardern weeks before the 2017 election, they are still not without an albeit slim hope. Anyone else and it will be a rout to compare with 2002.


    July 14, 2020 at 1:27 pm

  2. I’ll add a third.

    There were at least 28 members of caucus who saw his potential and installed him as leader. Presumably some of these MPs will be ministers if the centre right win the government benches. I now severely doubt their judgement and ability to be ministers based on that decision.

    Nick K

    July 14, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    • Yep. I think the last few months have wrecked any chance of a Nat campaign based on competence or having a stronger team, which were Bridges’ go-to messages.

      Psycho Milt

      July 15, 2020 at 5:33 am

  3. Yes I think there is a lot in what Milt says and Kimbo as well.

    Personally I think most of the Labour cabinet, and for that matter the Labour caucus have sighed a huge burp of relief, knowing probably that the Judith /Simon combo will lead the National Party into the next election.

    The sigh translated means they are bound for the opposition benches in 6 weeks or less, the natural home of the Labour Party.

    They achieved nothing in 3 years, spent 9 years achieving nothing in opposition, not even a policy they could implement when fabricated into the CoL, so for the vast majority of Labour it means pay with no work.

    As Todd mentioned before passing “after Jacinda there are 17 empty seats”.

    Crusher is going to crush Adern so badly she will in Milts words “beg” for the anonymity of the back benches, after all thats her natural home!


    July 14, 2020 at 7:10 pm

    • It’s so funny that even after all that’s happened in the last couple of years, the die-hard partisans continue to under-estimate Ardern. Long may you continue to do so.

      Psycho Milt

      July 15, 2020 at 5:35 am

  4. Congratulations Judith…well done.

    18 years in Parliament and 9 portfolios, tough times and good times, real intellect, a real education, real work experience, quick repartee, a set of balls and a vision, and a strategic plan…something wrapping fish and chips doesn’t give you.

    A record like that would make a great Prime Minister rather than a pretend one merely keeping the seat warm for Judith.

    I look forward to interesting times.


    July 14, 2020 at 9:23 pm

  5. Sheesh Rossco, weren’t you singing Todd’s praises a couple of months ago?

    Tom Hunter

    July 14, 2020 at 9:46 pm

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