Interesting opinion piece by Duncan Garner
There is a lot to like about a tough hardnosed leader. Loud, get the job done, doesn't matter if I'm not Ms Popular, the job got done. Factor in rattling JA. If she is louder and bangs away at Labour in Parliament, even if its rubbish, you are more visible if your in the news every day, for whatever reason.
There is a downside though. I doubt that JA would get rattled. She would probably smile and cast it off with a dig, a well worded, polite dig. High road and all that. If that was the case it would show a larger point of difference to Labour, and in a negative way.
The word i the media is that Adams won't feature. Apparenbtly Bridges isn't that well liked, I;m surprised by that, if in fact its correct. I still favour Bridges as he is younger, well educated, experienced, and not brash and loud. I am assuming an articulate leader would give a good impression to the swing voters, and at the end of the day its not about Labour Voters or National voters, they all vote the same way every election, its about the swing voters.
I love his opening sentence. Rotfl.
The media have painted her as a very hard woman, and on the surface she probably is, quite the opposite to JA. And of course if you're the police minister that's what people expect of you, and that's what you need to be. I think if she was put into place as a leader we would see a different side to her. Still a tough character, but more balanced.
It's a risk as Duncan points out, but in three years time the international and local political arena might be a very different setting, and she might be a good fit, or maybe not, who knows...
National have needed a reason to be in the news, and this will be essentially the end of their media honeymoon. A new leader will steal the show for a while, giving more covergae to National right when the new leader will probably be launching a fresh attack on the government, so while the new leader might not measure up to English, it will give the party a boost, if they play it right.