Why rule anything in or out?

Sources inside the beehive are saying that Bill English is fighting a tough fight to get John Key to rule Don Brash out from Bills position as finance minister. Key is so far being too smart to commit, especially to save a guy like Bill who is well known to be useless at politics and has wasted billions running a spending policy that would make a Labour Finance Minister proud.

Prime Minister John Key said from Europe last night that he would “try and be constructive” and would not rule Dr Brash out of an executive role after the election.

But it was “highly unlikely” Dr Brash would be offered the jobs of deputy prime minister or finance minister.

The problem for John Key is that everyone knows Don is a deeply principled man. He will not sit by watching an intellectual lightweight with one years experience in treasury and a long career as house husband wreck New Zealand’s economy. So Key has to balance up the fragile ego that is the MP for Southland against having a proper finance minister who actually understands the economy.

Key also needs to work out what will happen in coalition negotiations if Don has ten MPs or fifteen MPs sitting behind him? Don is not a man you can put polling information in front of and say “this will cost us votes lets be all fuzzy and do nothing”. Don will run with his convictions, and it is not even worth wasting words on trying to convince him otherwise.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.

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