Key denounces tactical voting

…and that’s totally irrelevant.  As the selection of the next UN SecGen isn’t up to the people of Australia, or any country for that matter.   That doesn’t stop John Key from continuing his cheer leading.

John Key has thrown shade on Kevin Rudd’s bid for leadership of the UN, saying “a hell of a lot of Australians” would prefer to have Helen Clark in charge.

The former Australian Prime Minister is making a late run for the Secretary-General. He hasn’t taken part in any of the debates yet, and wasn’t listed in the straw poll of Security Council members last week, which saw Ms Clark ranked middle of the pack.

Mr Rudd, who has twice led Australia, has a rather large hurdle to jump before he can get in the ring with the likes of Ms Clark, reported frontrunner Antonio Guterres of Portugal and Bulgaria’s Irina Bokova.

“If you’re going to be in the race you’ve got to get either your host country preferably or a country to nominate you. At the moment, he doesn’t have a country nominating him,” Mr Key told Paul Henry this morning.

“If it’s a drag race between Kevin Rudd and Helen Clark, New Zealanders and I reckon a hell of a lot of Australians know who the best candidate is.”

But it remains totally irrelevant to the actual process.

Mr Key says last week’s vote showed off “everything that is wrong with the United Nations”.

“The top five candidates either come from Europe, the other four are Eastern Europe, clearly they are all bloc-voting down Helen Clark. They’re voting tactically,” he says.

“What you’ve got at the moment is these pretty raw and blunt tactical voting strategies playing out. Of course we have to change that if we can.”

That sounds like bad news for David Seymour.  None of that tactical voting any more.

Key can be really good, but now he’s just making noise and wasting oxygen.


– Dan Satherly, Newshub

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