Should John Key be worried?

With all the talk over the weekend prompted by Q+A and a silly poll where they asked every man and his dog who should lead the National party rather than asking the caucus [boy wouldn’t that be an interesting poll] should John Key be worried?

The media seem to want to try and prompt a leadership spill in National. The opposition clearly haven’t put any hits on and John Key’s problems are entirely of his own making. Take Andrea Vance’s little musing…clearly taking dictation straight from Kevin Taylor now:

The simmering unofficial leadership struggle between Joyce and justice minister Judith Collins will take a new turn this morning as the matriarch appears on TVNZ alongside Key.

While outward appearances were of a rigorously choreographed agenda, delegates were furiously whispering about her decision yesterday

The party and her senior minister colleagues were spitting tacks about the brazen move. Given the policy announcements carefully lined-up by party strategists, it should have been a moment for Joyce to shine, alongside housing minister Nick Smith and environment minister Amy Adams.

For whatever the talk show topic, the appearance raises the spectre of Collins’ ambitions to take charge of the party. 

Kevin Taylor was the loudest in his condemnation, he was very indiscrete with it too. the word was he was saying it was an insult to the leader…and other lesser MPs should have fronted…I wonder though if that would have been more of an insult having a lesser MP follow the PM? taylor obviously didn;t think those lines through properly.

In any case the media seem to want to promote the idea of a spill between a lack lustre John Key and either Steven Joyce or Judith Collins….but should they be looking elsewhere?

I was reviewing some debates in parliament and questions from last week to compare with some others…and I noticed something. You can always tell when someone is grooming themselves for leadership…they get new glasses, or their eyes lasered…new clothes, have a make over and most importantly they lose weight.

I don’t think that Joh Key should be worried about Steven Joyce, he looks like he packing on the kilos, or Judith Collins either for that matter…I think he should be really worried about Tony Ryall.

He is even skiting to caucus members that he now weighs 77 kilos. Perhaps Farrar has been sharing weight loss tips on his walks in the park.

 


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  • Arnie

    Here we have again the so called “media” reporters trying to make up news rather than reporting the news. It is time organizations started employing some decent staff.

  • johnbronkhorst

    What utter bullshit!!!

  • Bunswalla

    No, JK shouldn’t be worried. He should always be aware of what’s happening in his caucus, of course, but right now he has zero chance of someone attempting to roll him.

    Yet another example of the MSM making shit up, trying to fabricate something during a slow news week and when they have nothing legitimate to criticise the government for.

    • johnbronkhorst

      They are all too busy following him! That is what makes a leader! He steps forward and sets the direction and tone. If it is beneficial to all the members (which it is), they FOLLOW!
      Unlike labour, where they are all of the mind set, that a leader just tells people what to do! Which means the “leader” has to have some form of threat or punishment to control the group. Meaning they are a gaggle, all believing they are worthy of leadership and will undermine the stated leader to get their position of power. eg crabs in a bucket, one tries to get out, the others pull him back, thinking they will fair better.
      The greens are just a gaggle, milling around, pushing 2 people forward as spokes people and calling them leaders. This means there is no direction, just a lot of milling around!

    • Roland

      What was up with Pedro, he needs some elocution (electrocution even), his pronunciation of guveermint sic, was he trying to be funny? He did it twice with a sick grin jeez

  • kehua

    Don`t pick on Tony, he is a good man as well as a `clinical hitman`.

  • peterwn

    Kiwi Keith had the same problem years ago. The media then tried to manufacture news then about a leadership change and unfortunately it managed to get sufficient traction to force his hand.

  • Michael

    MSM “making headlines” again.

    • Bunswalla

      MSM – Making Shit up Mate

  • steve and monique

    If they(National) want to loose the next election,change leaders. But suspect it is just the media assholes trying to cause shit. When and if John Key stands down as leader,then lets speculate.

  • Chiefsfan73

    Great initiative by the left to attempt to destabilize the govt. After all their own policies dont seem to be getting more then media manufactured interest.

    • steve and monique

      Will get media attention when they shoot Shearer in the back.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    John Key should be worried. Sheep is charging.

    • steve and monique

      Are you worried Shearer will be kicked out as leader.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Shearer’s position is confirmed for good. My sources tell me that the Rouge Morgan poll due out later this week will show a huge lift for Labour and Greens.

        • steve and monique

          Then lets hope they let him stay. Because if they stab him in the back now,it will not look good.. Will not hold my breath on the polls though.

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            Looking at the trends in Rouge Morgan, no two polls are consistent. So it is so easy to guess the next poll. Mark my words. 3% drop in National and a corresponding 3% rise for either Labour or Green or a split increase. Waste of time tracking this poll.

          • steve and monique

            But with a 3% margin of error, it is just a indicator. Mind you the media will blow it up,and make it a big deal. Greens are a big problem for Labour,and could cost them their more center votes

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Some of my spies inside National tell me that Simon Bridges is cooking something…

    • steve and monique

      Bacon and Eggs?

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Ha ha – very funny

        • steve and monique

          Was a little easy

      • johnbronkhorst

        The difference between involvement and commitment!
        The chicken is involved.
        But the pig, he is committed!

    • Ducky

      I hear he cooks great cuisine meals for his family.

    • Meg

      He ain’t ready.

      My money (at the moment) is on Crusher Collins. She is already shuffling herself around, slipping into photo ops with the boss even when it has nothing to do with her, laughing off the idea she wants to be leader… all the usual signs. She also has the killer attitude (much like Shipley) that others don’t.

      And like Shipley, Collins will have no issue with taking John for a long walk in the corn fields and coming back alone.

  • Whafe

    This again confirms just what a bunch of fucken muppets the media are…
    John Key ismore than comfortable in his shoes… The difference with John Key is that if he felt there was a better potential PM or leader within his party, he would step aside gladly and go back to his business world…
    These left leaning MSM make me spew chunks… It confirms why I have no issue pouring coffee on the NZ Horrid that sits in the staff room… PPpffffttttttttt

    • steve and monique

      Herald makes good cat box liner. Right size,and absorbant

      • Whafe

        Not suitable for wrapping fisn n chips, only just suitable for a cat to shit on

        • steve and monique

          Even the homeless wont sleep under it,or wipe their ass on it.

  • Harroputza

    I hope that John Key has learnt from Labour’s mistakes and is developing a succession plan for when he eventually decides he’s had enough. Key’s leadership is as indisputable as Clark’s was up until she lost, and her sudden disappearance left the party in disarray which has lasted the previous five years still without any light at the end of the tunnel.

    Key would be well advised to sit down now with the possibles and probables and work out amongst them a hierarchy that they all agree on, even if they’re not happy about it. Reviews at regular intervals based on performance.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Are you getting scared that Sheep and his cronies will hand out a thrashing to National in 2014?

      • Meg

        It will not be a thrashing, but National will miss out on a third term.

        • Muffin

          Ha

          • Meg

            Nervous laughter I see. It is ok, you still just over a year to get used to the new reality.

          • johnbronkhorst

            Does stupidity run in your family, or are you the start of the genetic mutation?

        • Muffin

          Ha

    • steve and monique

      Suspect Helen was more capable then any of her caucus. Hence she left Fill (in ) Goff in charge. John Keys savvy enough to prepare for a change,and not just leave a party in the shambles Labour has become. Sorry Sir Cullen,but Shearer,like all sheep is heading for the works.

  • Ducky

    Is Kevin Taylor trying to be a clown? He is trying to imply that the Nats have Leadership issues? Why didn’t he asked D Sheep about his leadership problems?
    jackass dumb media !

  • Col

    I didn’t read it all, as it is just bullshit. My words are ‘why should he give a fuck what people say, he flies like a butterfly and stings like a bee this man here is our John Key.

  • rockape

    The trouble for the press is there is no story in a smooth,uneventful transfer of leadership. How sad is that for them, no sensational headlines, no weeks of controversy no story;how they must hate JK.

    • Meg

      If you want to see real hate and attack by the media I suggest you look to Australia and what old Rup Murdock is up to to take down Rudd.

      Our lot are soft little fluffy kittens with bit round eyes compared to the Oz media when they turn on a party/MP/Leader.

  • Meg

    Yes Key should be worried. The power movers in National smell the hint of blood. The number of screw ups, the media turning on Key. This is the turning point for Key. He is on the way out.

    • Muffin

      Haha

    • Muffin

      Haha

      • Meg

        Laugh alllll you like. I am right.

        • Muffin

          We will see… Will Russell let Sheepy be leader though

      • Meg

        Laugh alllll you like. I am right.

    • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

      Looking forward to his replacements, who are that motley crew lined up again? Mallard and co? Something for us all to look forward to…

      • Meg

        I would be watching National more than Labour.

  • Bryan

    well JK well and truly told TV3 where to get off on the interview broadcast tonight she was doing her hardest to raise the spy bill and his reply was “Snapper that’s what Kiwis are interested in” hahaha and then all the personal information Campbell wants just so you can take part on his bogus Poll we need the bill for no other reason that to keep tabs on these journalists and their anti NZ behaviour and they forget they are interviewing the Prime minister of this country and that position deserves respect. in other countries they would be frog marched out the door for their rudeness

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