Never make a promise you can’t keep

John Key

Prime Minister John Key says he has no intention of pulling out of the job early if his National Party wins a fourth term.

But he’s stopped short of being definitive and is keen to point out the party has to actually win it first.

Asked on TV3’s The Nation program whether there could be a situation where National could win the election only for Mr Key to pull out afterwards, he replied: “Well, that’s not my intention”.

“But, the first point I’ve got to make is you’ve got to win a fourth term,” he said.

The National Party has only had one four-term prime minister: Keith Holyoake whose time ran from 1960 to 1972.

A One News Colmar-Brunton this month had National holding steady at 48 per cent, with Labour and the Greens sitting at a combined 39 per cent – although Labour rejected that result, saying it differed largely from other recent polls that showed the gap closing.

Newshub-Reid Research’s August poll had National at 45.1 per cent, compared to the Labour Green bloc at 44.2 per cent.

It is probably true it isn’t John Key’s intention to back away early in a fourth term, but that doesn’t mean he won’t.

Still an awful lot of water to go under the bridge, but bookmark this page:  if a National-led government makes it to a fourth term, I predict John Key will not lead National in the 2020 election.


– NZN via Yahoo! News

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