Key remains committed

John Key has told National’s Northland regional conference that he’s as determined to still lead National in 2017 as he was in 2008.

NZ Herald reports John Key determined to stick around.

Prime Minister John Key has scotched speculation he could stand down this term, telling National Party faithful in Northland that he is just as determined to lead National in 2017 as he was in 2008.

Mr Key’s speech to National’s Northland regional conference at Waitangi was his first on home soil after a torrid fortnight dominated by questions about his pulling a waitress’ ponytail.

He avoided directly referring to that incident in his speech but made it clear he did not intend to quit: “I am just as committed today to leading National to victory at the next election as I was when first taking up the role as your leader in November 2006.”

Mr Key also gave a behaviour pledge of sorts, referring to the need for hard work, oversight and good judgment.

He said he did not take the high levels of support in the polls for granted. “You have my strong commitment that I will do everything I can to lead a strong Government and a strong National Party as we face the next two and a half years until the 2017 election.”

This will please staunch National supporters and dismay the left.

It may also dismay some on the right. Judith Collins played down her comeback ambitions on Q & A yesterday:

Judith Collins is happy as Larry in her role as member for Papakura and dismisses any chatter of a come back.

The former justice minister says she’s getting on with her work, having fun, and leaving it up to the Prime Minister when/if she will re-enter Cabinet.

“Obviously I would like to be back in Cabinet,” Ms Collins told Q A this morning.

Asked if she was planning a come back, Ms Collins fired back, “what come back?

But fanboy Cameron Slater seems to have different ideas. Yesterday he posted:


When the media regularly speculate about what is to happen after you’re gone, it is an indicator that you are in the autumn of your political career.

It continues to amaze me how little political journalists understand of the National Party’s internal leadership processes.

They continue to confuse the apparent outward popularity of an MP with the public as a critical factor.

Not so.

But that aside, the talk about “after Key” has started.

Slater has been talking about “after Key” ever since Judith Collins was dropped from Cabinet.

Unusually for him he posted the full transcript of Collins’ interview in JUDITH COLLINS INTERVIEWED BY HEATHER DU PLESSIS-ALLEN ON Q&A.

But if Key stands again in 2017 and wins then time is running out for Collins’ (or Slater’s) leadership ambitions. By 2020 Collins will be a politician with a long past – she was first elected in 2002 and is seen as of Key’s generation.

Even if Key loses in 2017 National may look to a new generation of leadership. Paula Bennett is often talked about as a potential successor to Key.

But anything could happen. Slater may become a credible power broker.

In the meantime Key looks set to continue and Collins herself looks set to bide her time and see what opportunities may arise.

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  1. Mike C

     /  4th May 2015

    If Cameron Slater and Judith Collins should ever manage to get their dirty grubby paws on the Prime Ministers Seat of Power, then I will be voting for either the Labour Party or NZFirst at the next General Election, just to have the pleasure of getting her out of Office, and giving a helping hand towards ending the devious bitches political career.

    • what this.. cracks appearing ?

      I’m definitley centre-LEFT but I don’t think this country will benefit at all, from moving too far to the right or left.

      BUT as time goes by, it does seem to be ‘sliding’ further to the right :/

      • traveller

         /  4th May 2015

        Zedd. Very interesting article re the MMP environment and the right slide by Rob Hosking. He reckons that it has created a more status quo voter.

        “MMP gave the radical Left opponents of the 1984-92 economic reforms a seat in Parliament, but also ensured they couldn’t actually do very much to overturn those reforms.

        What MMP did was entrench the policy settings of 1996. That did not mean those cannot be changed, ever, it just made it much harder to do so.

        National is a conservative rather than right wing party – much like the LDP in Japan. Conservatism is, primarily, a set of instincts rather than an ideology.

        In Japan, the LDP has stayed in power largely through a series of alliances with smaller support parties – some of them rather surprising.

        The opposition parties have seldom been able to garner enough confidence from voters to form a government: instead much of their energies have gone into internecine fighting.”

  2. pdm

     /  4th May 2015

    It is very good for the country that John ey appears to be committing through until after the 2017 election. Having said that he needs to ease away from the Labour Lite stance he has taken so far during his tenure as Prime Minister.

    The National front bench would be far stronger for having Judith Collins back on it.

  3. Mike C

     /  4th May 2015

    Cameron Slater and Judith Collins have something on Stuart Nash.

    I know this for sure now 🙂

  4. The Crusher in her ‘charm offensive’ on Q+A was such entertaining stuff it should have been on at the PM’s prime entertainment time.

    Imagine it at seven pm., “Entertainment That’s Weak” cross pollinated with one of those amazing nature programmes, featuring Cobra Collins glistening under the make-up and lights, ready to strike!


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