A while back the looney left thought John Key knew about Mike Sabin’s personal problems before the election and left him in place.
This was a pretty stupid thing to think at the time, for the obvious reason that no one in government ever wants a by-election. They cost money and they cost resources…and especially in an electorate like Northland which is massive, and can’t be run from a motel room in the suburbs.
The current close race in Northland demonstrates why Key would have sacked Sabin if he had have had half a chance.
In the middle of a general election a quick switch of candidates as happened in 2008 with Jonathan Young in New Plymouth wouldn’t have been noticed and wouldn’t have given Winston a platform to strut around like a bantam rooster. Read more »