OPINION: A strange bedfellow and a tenuous lifeline at Ratana for Bridges

By Pattrick Smellie | Fri, 24 Jan 2020


National Party leader Simon Bridges was thrown an unlikely, admittedly tenuous, lifeline at today's annual political pilgrimage to the seat of the Ratana church, a traditional Labour Party bastion.That lifeline came in the form of an unexpected endorsement by the Green Party's Jack McDonald (pictured right).McDonald, who quit as a Green Party candidate last year in protest at the centrist leadership style of co-leader James Shaw, popped up making the formal speech at Ratana on behalf of the Maori Party this afternoon.McDonald used his speech to...