John Key has manned up and axed a totally useless minister. Kate Wilkinson increased union membership and had the support of the opposition Labour spokeswoman, had pissed off business and managed to have a business run a public campaign against her because she was so useless.
The problem for John Key is his one seat majority. Kate holds her seat by 642 votes. If Kate decides that she has been humiliated and would be better leaving parliament, forcing a by-election, it is highly likely Clayton Cosgrove will win the seat.Â
Kate leaving and Clayton winning the by-election means National lose a seat. Clayton moving from the list to an electorate seat means Labour get a replacement list MP, so Kate leaving could effectively be a two seat swing to Labour.
John Key better have a big bribe ready for the maoris.