And the beneficiaries of this are Winston Peters and (maybe) Colin Craig.
If JK can't form a governing coalition after the election then the corporate backers will drop him and find another, less tarnished face to sell their low wage/low tax/low regulation/state asset sale/socialize pollution costs agenda.
Seriously Christchurch people. Next time you open your mouths try and talk for more than a minute without saying how much you hate Auckland(ers) and Wellington(ians).
Simon, guess what? This very thoughtful article wasn't about you. I know that may be hard to stomach, but really, it wasn't.
Gerard, thanks for your excellent thoughts. We need more like you.
Any claim that this sentence is a forgery is a forgery.
With everyone else, Palmer, the opposition, even Hooton, calling for a proper wide ranging and independent inquiry, do you think Key can still avoid it? Surely he has to capitulate, which would mean it’ll happen after the election. If not, it shows up some of the issues we have with the structure of our “democracy"- seriously inadequate checks on those in power. A limited inquiry will fool no-one and surely risk alienating honourable Nats, just digging a deeper hole.
We should also question the wisdom of allowing the GCSB to spy on NZers, given that Key says everyone talks to attack bloggers, and so "Ratf**king" political opponents is therefore perfectly acceptable behaviour in NZ.
What happens next will be a test of our democracy.
It seems very likely that JK approved of Ede's little plots with Slater, and understood that he was the good cop to Slater's bad cop. I am therefore astounded that Key released the email that finally undid JC. Maybe the rumblings of her impatient Prime Ministerial ambitions influenced this?
It would also put Slater’s nose out. And it’s possible ‘pissing off the whale’ is something those close to him are reluctant to do.
Maybe. I think Slater's days of influence are numbered.
t’s admitting that there is truth to the “made-up stuff” in this “smear campaign” from a known “left-wing conspiracy theorist”.
Key could be very specific and confine it to what JC has admitted doing, and that would be perfectly feasible to run in parallel with his fanciful planet Key denunciations of Nicky Hagar.
Key will be doing an electoral calculation along with an assessment of what it would do to his personal power base within the party. He already sees English, a more centrist Nat, publicly shuffling in the wings. So while sacking Collins would get the Nats back on track prior to the election, it would help destabilise his within-party support.
Yes, well the smart move for Key now would be to sack Collins as a minister, deselect her as a candidate and declare a fatwa on party engagement with fringe wingnuts such as Slater.
I suspect she's already been asked to resign though, and has refused.
You are right of course, but it will be difficult for Key to take this path. He apparently has a delicate within-party struggle on his hands, and he favours the more extreme right, where Collins is Queen diva.
The best person for the job post key appears to be Bill English.
There's going to be a hell of a lot of damage to repair. Do you think New Zealanders will be up for it, or will we just continue to drift with laissez faire?