I think Bridges has proven the Peter principle.
As one of the so called 'Young Guns' on breakfast TV (with Ardern) he came across well and was generally pretty sharp. As a former crown prosecutor he had to be articulate and think on his feet. These days he seems to have lost any x-factor he once had. He doesn't have the same alacrity and at times he seems to struggle to state a clear position on simple questions. He almost seems afraid to give a definitive answer some of the time.
Put simply I think he has risen to position he isn't competent in.
I don't see how any opposition leader could make a dent right now. People don't actually value an opposition in times of crisis.
I agree. I'm fairly confident that Bridges is a very smart hard working guy and I don't really question his motives. He's probably fairly likable in person. I don't agree with many of his principles and policies but that isn't his problem.
He's just not a very good leader. It's just not in him.