I guess after so long beating up our ever timid socialist Prime Minister the media would like to see some results for their efforts. However it seems Key’s popularity with the cronyist welfare addicted corporate sector and the likewise big govt dependent majority of the population at large is hard to dent.
So why not as a last ditch follow through, organise a bit of speculation on a “possible” leadership challenge. “If you write one, Audrey, I’ll wrote one too.” Yep, OK Fran, I’ll write one if you will”.
Audrey Young goes for Judith Collins. Someone has headlined her article “Former Cabinet minister could make Lazarus-like comeback.” Could she really? Audrey says
“the ponytail saga has confirmed Key’s infallibility to his hero-worshippers and made talk of his succession a little more relevant.
It was evident in his biography, John Key: Portrait of a Prime Minister, that his threshold for tolerating failure is low.
Cabinet ministers know that any one of them would have almost certainly been sacked by now if complaints about ponytail pulling had emerged about them.“
Audrey reckons the ponytail thing is far from “done and dusted”. She says it took a while for Cunliffe to resign for his gaffes, and Key will exercise the same kind of resistance.
Fran goes for Bill English. She says
“Bill English has achieved two remarkable political feats this week. The first was to loosen the handcuffs with John Key by giving the clear impression that he is finding being Prime Minister while the boss is overseas “well, easy”.
I kept reading but I couldn’t actually work out what the second achievement was. Maybe making a good job of deflecting questions on Key’s pony tail pulling in parliament. Anyway, she goes on with a bit of boilerplate National party stuff-
English is a no-nonsense and well-grounded politician. He has built a strong reputation for prudent fiscal management since he became Finance Minister as the global financial crisis was still roiling the New Zealand economy. That reputation is the envy of his counterpart in Australia, Joe Hockey, who has struggled to get political support for his own fiscal repair plan.
Hockey of course is dealing with reality while English is still in prog la la land where money grows on trees.
So there you have it. The choice of the MSM’s most respected journalists 🙂 is English or Collins?
My view is that Collins is more a change agent than Bill, so I’d prefer her. Much as I’d prefer to drink a fast acting poison rather than a slow acting one.