Will media prediction of Bridges’ fall from leadership make it happen?

Lady Macbeth with blood on her hands

John Armstrong thinks so. Quote.

The media have proclaimed Simon Bridges to be dog tucker. Having issued that decree, the media will do its darnedest to make sure he does become exactly that – dog tucker.

That is the ugly truth now confronting Bridges in his continuing struggle to keep his leadership of the National Party intact and alive. End of quote.

Armstrong is confident of the media?s ability to influence Bridges? fall from grace.  But is he right about that?

He is, insofar as any politician gives the media room to manoeuvre. John Key never did, but he was a strong leader who polished his likability to perfection. Most of us succumbed, none more than the media.

Bridges is not cut from the same cloth. He hasn?t achieved anything close to likability, which makes him vulnerable to attack.  Armstrong is right in this: at best Bridges is hanging on by his fingertips.

Assuming Armstrong is correct and the media forces Bridges to ditch, who would take over the helm? Quote.

No account was taken of the no small matter of who best should replace Bridges.

That the list of possible alternatives was limited to Judith Collins ? the Lady Macbeth of New Zealand politics but without the compassion ? should have been sufficient to answer the question.

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What is Armstrong?s gripe with Collins? By saying she has less compassion than Lady Macbeth, who arguably showed none, he is indeed insulting Collins.

There are undoubtedly other National ministers quietly hiding behind the parapet while nursing a shot at leadership, but Armstrong gives Collins the dubious credit of being the sole candidate.

Armstrong is attempting to set Collins up to be toppled and usurped by another National minister but does not tell us who that might be.

That Armstrong is trying to engineer an outcome by slating Judith Collins gives him much more in common with the ambitious and ruthless Lady Macbeth than Collins.

According to the recent Newshub poll, public support for Collins as the leader has grown. If Collins has leadership on her mind she is keeping it well hidden. However, Armstrong reveals his own motive in rejecting the credibility of the poll that raised Collins’s status. Quote.

To draw conclusions from the surge in backing for Labour and decline in support for National registered by the Newshub-Reid Research poll is folly. End of quote.

The knife is out and Armstrong has clumsily attempted a cut on Collins, someone the public is warming to as a potential leader, but Armstrong’s mistakes are obvious. First his blatant maneuvering, and second his taking on a formidable opponent who can easily disprove his innuendo. Lack of compassion indeed!

Armstrong certainly believes in the power of the media because he has attempted to harness it. He just needs a little more practice in subtlety.