Former broadcaster Maggie Barry – a member of the National Party for less than a month – is trying for selection in the Botany by-election.
Good for her. If it is something she is passionate about and committed to, then I say go for it.
Ms Barry will be a strong candidate for the seat because of her high profile and media experience.
However, she has no political experience
Ah, that little snag. It really begs the question, what ‘makes’ a politician? Is it enough to have a high profile and potentially be an effective campaigner? Or do you believe that you have to pay your dues, so to speak, through party membership and serving in local government? If the latter, Auckland Councillor Jami-Lee Ross could be the way to go. If the former, then Barry could be a sound choice.