The “Save Joyce” campaign rolls out in force, but no one told Joyce

There is a group of old guard who are trying to save Steve Joyce. The only problem is that it appears they didn’t bother to actually speak to Steve Joyce about the campaign. They must have been talking over the weekend because yesterday there were several moves that make it obvious that what I signalled a week ago is now a reality.

Steve Joyce, a man blessed with so little courage he has never stood for selection in an electorate for fear that he would lose, seems to have a small group and some board fools trying to keep him on.

They’ve talked to Richard Harman:

Steven Joyce could play a key role in that – either as a contender or as a facilitator because he is a favourite of the party organisation who argue that National did not lose significant support at the last election when its vote fell by 2.6% to 44.5% and that therefore there is no need to radically change the policies of the last Government.

But opinion within the caucus over his future is divided. Two of the leadership candidates — Bridges and Collins — are said to be less likely to keep him as finance spokesperson.

There also appears to be a feeling among some within the caucus as well as the party hierarchy that it would not be wise to “lose Steven”. Adams may share that view.

“There is a range of things that will bear on my decision, and the obvious one is what my colleagues think, and I  am talking with them at the moment,” Joyce told POLITIK.

“They are talking to supporters and people who have an interest.

“But I’m hearing from quite a few of those people as well.”

Mark Mitchell is the first candidate to state that he would keep on Steve Joyce as finance spokesman.

They’ve also talked to Audrey Young, who is clearly backing the status-quo candidates:

For five days, Joyce has been considering standing and on Sunday told the Herald he was still discussing it with colleagues and would have a decision in a day or two.

Joyce has run the past five election campaigns for National, which polled 44.4 per cent of the vote last September, well above Labour’s 36.9 per cent.


Joyce’s future is expected to be an issue whether or not he joins the contest.

Some members of the board are now meddling, with one coming out saying that Joyce must be protected at all costs, and another, who frankly needs the exercise, doing the rounds in Wellington dripping poison in people’s ears.

But why save Joyce? Why go all out saying you want to save Joyce when the man is desperately trying to save himself?

Let’s look at his record.

General Elections: 3-2 record. He lost with Don Brash, won three on the trot with John Key as leader, and lost with Bill English. Pretty much even-steven (pun intended).

Other elections: Mt Roskill – lost; Northland lost; key person in supporting Vic Crone and Auckland Future both abject failures.

He is widely believed to be donkey deep in the Winston hit job too.

His economic credentials are destroyed, his tax cuts were rolled back in an instant and he has no lasting legacy with anything, other than a reputation of rewarding corporate bludgers through his corporate welfare programmes at Callaghan Innovation.

I don’t think there is anything worth saving there.


-NZ Herald, Politik

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