Nats claim the matter of who voted for Bridges and who voted for Muller is a caucus issue and the voters do not deserve to know. That’s too cute. Voters should know if their representatives can be trusted to be loyal to the leader, or not. It says a lot about an MP if they’re ready to back stab their leader simply as a result of very aberrant polling. We are voters, and we deserve, almost have a right, to know this information. Before we cast our vote in the coming election.
Why is it important this time? Because it is now clear that for sometime, perhaps a year or even more, there has been an ongoing campaign within the Nats to unseat Simon Bridges as leader, including numerous leaks to hostile forces in the media. This kind of betrayal needs to be exposed, and those behind it should not be rewarded with high ranking places, but expelled (by the board) from the party.
So this post exist for the purpose of finding out this information, that the Nats want to keep secret. To be fair, although many of the backstabbers have been identified by public statements and other means there is still considerable speculation in this exercise. However, no one has been branded without there being at least some reason to believe the label is earned.
How many voted which way? There are two reasonably believable claims on this. One says the vote was 28 for Muller, 27 for Bridges. Another says the vote was 30 for Muller and 25 for Bridges. Its hard to say which is correct, although reason would suggest the 30/25 vote was more likely.
As of posting (26/05/20) there are 28 MPs in the backstabber list, and 15 in the loyal soldier list. This gives 43 votes we surmise we know and 12 as unknown. At the most, if reports concerning the majority vote of 30 are true, 2 of remaining 12 would be backstabbers, leaving 10 as loyal soldiers. Its a pity we can’t at least identify those unknown loyal soldiers. (Very sorry to see Matt King voted for Muller. Hope this is wrong,)
So the mission is to identify the missing backstabbers, and if necessary, adjust the current list to make it more accurate. Its just possible that some have been incorrectly identified, and if you’re an MP, or someone who knows for certain that someone is mistakenly named, please advise in the comments and the necessary adjustments will be made. If you have inside knowledge on the coup, please contact redbaiternz at inbox dot lv Full confidence is assured.
Post updated 04/06/20 to move Paul Goldsmith from Loyal Soldier to Backstabber category. Led Simon Bridges to believe he would vote for him, and then changed sides at the last minute. Worst kind of betrayal, and has radically altered my opinion of Goldsmith. Now have 29 MPs who voted for Muller, and 14 who voted for Simon Bridges. Still 12 unknown.
Post updated 07/06/20 Michael Woodhouse identified as final of 30 backstabbers. Moved from loyal soldier on confidential advice received over the last few days. This gives the 30 as some sources reported who voted for Muller, and leaves 25 supporting Bridges. Please note that if anyone has any firm information that could lead to a change of category, then please advise in the comments section. All information will be given full consideration and of course be completely confidential. Remember these faces when you cast your vote.