Our old white female wasn't exactly the answer for NZ. So maybe it's the age not the gender.
Eww Clark, agreed, terrible. Well, we had a couple of younger white ones too.
My personal opinion is that Nationals Keys to winning the next election:
1) Become more friendly to the environment, show they can balance a focus on financial responsibility and eco responsibility.
Even better, say you are going to do something about the environment, but don't actually do anything.
This way you won't alienate your base - farmers.
2) Show the same financial knowledge and competency as before
Dear god no.
We now know the rock star economy was actually a local covers band economy.
It was funded by flooding the country with migrants and neglecting to spend on the infrastructure needed by a growing population.
This is typical of people schooled in the mba style - always thinking of the next quarter's results instead of having a long term view.
3) Strong constructively attack JA and Labour on their failure to deliver on election promises, and watering down of the promises they made.
4) Point out areas where Labour policies have not delivered.
I think this will get some of the Greens vote, and Labour Vote. All things being aligned Winston may be gone, and National can appeal to NZF and potentially Maori Party.
There was also some social responsibility they got wrong and English actually admitted to it several times. There does need to be some trickle down when things have been as good as they were/are.
We await the crumbs from master's table.
Sorry my attempt to intersperse comments failed - apols for misattributed quotes.