Matthew Hooton has a mad rant about National’s leadership woes in the NBR.
There is a problem though with his mad rant…there aren’t any leadership woes. Nor is there a coup, or a plan to replace John Key. It seems Matthew Hooton has interviewed his keyboard, or more likely dictated his fantasy to an intern.
The rumour goes that Mr Key, like his idol Richie McCaw, will want to go out on a high and on his own terms. His knighthood depends on him handing over to a National prime minister rather than losing an election to Labour. And while his poll numbers are still strong, he now consistently rates below the National Party, with about a quarter of National voters naming someone else as their preferred prime minister. For the first time, a campaign based solely on “Team Key” would drag National down. The next election campaign will need to be less focused on the leader, which Mr Key may not enjoy.
For his part, Mr Joyce backs himself as a great communicator, especially on radio but also on TV. He is sure he could do the retail aspects of the prime ministership – clowning around on commercial radio and so forth – as well as Mr Key. He is a more enthusiastic bureaucratic manager than the incumbent.