Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Should he stay or should he go?

So, according to Three News last night, and the NZ Herald this morning, National is sharpening the knives for Bill English.

The problem is, who can they replace him with? The only two contenders mentioned are Don Brash and Gerry "Bruiser" Brownlee, and both are less than inspiring. The public hate Don Brash for his continued advocacy of the failed policies of the 80's and 90's, while Brownlee is a thug whose claims to fame are calling for an end to our nuclear-free policy and having to fork over $8500 after being privately prosecuted for throwing a protester down some stairs.

Brash claims to want the job of finance minister, which probably rules out leadership (too many bad memories of Muldoon), so really that only leaves Brownlee. And while he's likely to be a louder and more obnoxious leader of the opposition than Bill English, he's likely to be even less popular with the public.