John Key has said he intends standing again in the 2017 election, and why wouldn’t he?
Labour certainly haven’t got much chance (around 36%), as we found out – in our January edition of INCITE: Politics – from David Farrar.
The Prime Minister is launching into 2016 with plans to stand for an historic fourth term.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Weekend Herald about the year ahead, John Key confirmed his intention to fight another election and remain in office. “My stock standard position has been that I intend to stay for as long as I think I can add value and the party wants me,” he said.
“That’s my position. It’s not something where I’ve gone away and actively considered but that is my position at the moment.”
There are three goals that John Key has his heart set on.
The First is a knighthood. That is a given now as he completes three terms as Prime Minister. Convention dictates he be given the knighthood, but convention also dictates that it shouldn’t be bestowed by his own government, although Muldoon did that.
The Second is to win four terms and he is on track for that.
The third and most difficult achievement is to last as Prime Minister to hold the record as longest serving National Prime Minister. He has no chance of achieving the longest serving PM title. Read more »