COMMENT:

National's annual conference starting today is doomed to be a success because organisers do whatever it takes to ensure party conferences always are.

The exceptions become political folklore, such as the National and Labour fiascos in 2003 and 2012, sabotaged by Maurice Williamson and David Cunliffe respectively.

This weekend, leadership contenders Judith Collins and Todd Muller will be on their best behaviour. Simon Bridges will be given free rein to present himself with the usual slick corporate video and keynote speech on which his advisers will have been working for months. There will be a couple of policy announcements,

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