Re-Joyce, he’s gone

Steve Joyce has quit politics, and I’m re-joycing. The man who cost National the election has finally fallen on his sword after throwing his toys out of the cot when Simon Bridges said he wasn’t going to be in the top ten.

Former finance minister Steven Joyce has announced he will quit politics.

It comes three weeks after the National Party’s previous leader Bill English announced his own resignation.

The long-time campaign strategist issued a statement this afternoon, saying he’d reconsidered his position since the party’s change in leadership.

He recently failed in his bid to take over from Bill English, losing out to Simon Bridges.

The first and only time he has stood for selection for anything. He was offered a position that wasn’t the top ten and has now thrown his toys out of the cot, showing just who he was loyal to… himself.

“Simon has made a very positive proposal to me to stay and contribute as a senior member of the team on the front bench with a choice of portfolio,” Mr Joyce said.

“However I feel that it is time for him to get a new team around him to take National forward and win in 2020 and then govern again for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

“I have offered to assist in any way I can from outside parliament and will remain a staunch supporter of the Party.”

Mr Joyce said he planned on returning to commercial and to focus on being “a good dad to Tommy and Amelia”.

He’d had a wonderful time in Parliament over nearly ten years including nine years as a Minister, he said.

Yeah, whatever. Bye Steve, no hard feelings… don’t let the door smack you in the arse on the way out.

Hopefully, it also ends the reign of Jo de Joux as campaign manager.


-Radio NZ

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