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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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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