Thursday, 18 February 2016

Machinations in the ruling National Party

Silence this morning from our national broadcaster about this.

Who leaked from inside the National Party?

Martyn Bradbury

18 February, 2016

Fascinating developments yesterday that dissenters from within National leaked an internal email that showed how desperate the Key faction have become to try and sell his change of flag vanity project.

This matters because the change of flag issue is a leadership one for Key, so dissenting from it is an attack on him as leader. The backbone of the National Party from electorate MPs know first hand from their own electorate offices that this change of flag is deeply unpopular with their older voter base, but to allow the leak to occur at all suggests some high level Machiavellian treachery.

So who did it?

It’s interesting to note that Cameron Slater had no idea of this about to happen. That says two things, the first is that he has become very much out of the loop within National due to Dirty Politics fallout which makes him radioactive and as welcome as a homeless P-addict gate crashing a 5 year olds birthday party. 

The second thing it tells us is that it didn’t come from Judith Collins.

This release of the email is too clever and subtle for Crusher Collins.

I think this was a far smoother operator. someone who has a close relationship with an up and coming electorate MP who is starting to jockey for the power vacuum left by Key when he either wins and stands down after 2017 or fails and stands down after 2017.

The back stabbing in the once united National Party has begun.

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