Tau Henare telling the PM that he has the votes to be speaker is the first sign of unruliness in caucus. The tipline has been running hot in the last few weeks with stories of other backbenchers fed up with the high handed way they are treated by the leadership, and Tau is just the first to have a go.
John Key and Steven Joyce have had a charmed existence. They haven’t had to deal with many shit fights, and are not experienced or particularly good at low bastardry, so if things get unruly they are in trouble. Their big problem is while JK was almost a popular as Jesus, National only have a one seat majority. This gives a disgruntled backbencher a lot of scope to cause problems.
Back benchers seeing no path to promotion are starting to think “Fuck it, why would I prop up this government ”. They fit into two camps, one camp is disillusioned at being passed over, and just out for some utu, and the other realise that their path to the front bench is being blocked by the current lot, and if National lose they will get a promotion.
The disrespect that the back bench have been treated with goes beyond ministers ignoring them and staff being horrible to them. What is really hurting is being part of a party that is so wet that they don’t know why they are there. More spending, more debt, more regulation, more social engineering, and increasing union membership are not what National MPs go to parliament for.
Taken in context of having nothing to lose, a back bencher like Tau is probably thinking “F*** it I will have a go because I have nothing to lose. I’ll explain more in future posts.
Meanwhile I must make room for the truck load of popcorn I have ordered. There is nothing like blood and guts to excite a pundit.