In an interview on One News’ Breakfast yesterday John Key indicated the chances of Judith Collins and Maurice Williamson returning to ministerial positions.
Somebody who does have a closer relationship with Cameron Slater, no doubt ongoing, is Judith Collins…
John Key: Yeah.
…and it make have been what, you know, what led to her demise effectively by the end of it but we know it was.
John Key: Yeah.
Tell us about you know you have opened the door a wee bit since being re-elected, or rather since she was cleared…
John Key: Yes.
…to saying one day we’ll see her back. What about herself and Maurice Williamson, I mean realistically 2015, could that be a year that one or both of them could be back up there in the powerhouse with you?
John Key: It’s possible. I mean I think if you take, they’re in different situations probably in their career.
I mean Maurice is getting near the end of his career, um, he’s been a very good Minister …
But he has shown that he would quite like…
John Key: Yeah yeah and he’d like and he’d like, look I think he’d like to do other things. I mean but I’m just saying he’s, I think he’s our longest serving MP, um it doesn’t mean he hasn’t got lots of other good things to do, I’m just slightly different stages.
A fairly clear signal that Williamson should be looking for other things to do.
John Key: In the case of Judith, Judith was a very good Minister. You know people, people attack her and criticise her and yep, she had the persona of being Crusher Collins if you like, but lots of political parties have people that have, you know a slightly tougher personality.
I mean it didn’t stop Trevor Mallard from being a Minister the whole way through, and lots of other people.
The point is that she was actually cleared of the very thing that she stood down for. So can she come back? I think the answer to that is yes.
It sounds like Collins will be strongly considered the next time Key reshuffles his Cabinet. That’s likely to be about a year away at least, unless there’s a resignation in the meantime.