Key won’t speculate on Paula Bennett’s future as PM

Prime Minister John Key says embattled Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has been victim of a media frenzy.

A victim now?  Seriously?

This is the National Party, isn’t it?   We’re all into being victims now?

She came under fire last week, accused of trying to smear the reputation of the chairperson of a marae that helps the homeless.

Ms Bennett denied deliberately leaking details of a police investigation into Hurimoana Dennis, blaming it on a member of her staff.

The Prime Minister has full confidence in her, regardless.

Fair enough.  Not like she was fired on the strength of a leaked private letter that had nothing to do with anything that she was later completely cleared on.   And you wouldn’t want to stuff up like that twice.

“She’s in some difficult areas, but she’s handled that before. She was an outstanding Minister of Social Development. I’m totally confident in her,” Mr Key told Paul Henry on Monday.

He admits his minister’s under a lot of pressure.

Some of that is easily solved by not leaking information properly.  But wait… National have cut themselves off from all resources… because the opposition have shamed them into being associated with … certain journalists and bloggers.

“If you get a minister that’s under a bit of pressure, sometimes you get a lot more pressure. It’s nothing to do with the person, it’s just that all of the media focus, all of the Opposition focus goes on that and you get to the point sometimes where it doesn’t matter what you say, it’s not right. Someone will just criticise you for it.”

As for whether it’s derailed Ms Bennett’s hopes to one day succeed him as leader of the National Party, Mr Key declined to speculate.

“I don’t pick the successor and I’m not looking for one at the moment.”

Suggesting that he will be looking for one to “suggest” at some stage.  He may not “pick” them, but why else would he be looking?

Labour will be kicking themselves about the timing of recess.  Paula will find a reason not to be in parliament for Question Time next week, and by the time a month of recess is done and dusted, the issue will be dead.


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