Written By: - Date published: 9:26 am, October 23rd, 2013 - 49 comments
Categories: bill english, election 2014, john key, Judith Collins, national, same old national - Tags: cameron slater, trevor mallard
Another day and another piece of information of the Brown – Palino debacle. This latest piece is that Len was tipped off indirectly by a National MP on October 7 that news of the affair would break. It is then that he chose to tell his wife. And it may be that that the whole National Caucus knew about it. If this was the case I would not be surprised as politicians are the most dreadful gossips and they would be tripping over themselves to pass this on.
The original source of the information about the affair has to be Luigi Wewege. How a National MP could find out about the affair yet Slater and Palino not be told about it is improbable in the extreme. This latest piece of information shows that senior National figures have been involved and I bet there is a scurry of activity within Parliament as advisers try and assess what damage this is causing to the National Party.
It is interesting that now even Trevor Mallard is on the Labour train as it moves forward and the train has definitely left the station. Suddenly Labour is united and National is looking deeply, deeply fractured.
John Key came out yesterday with claims that Labour will somehow do nothing about the Sky City deal. This was probably the number one suggestion on his Crosby Textor provided list of things to raise to try and divert attention from the clusterfuck that is the John Palino campaign for the Auckland Mayoralty. While these diversionary attempts may have worked in the past they now look very cynical. The political tide is going out on John Key and suddenly he is no longer teflon coated. He is looking tired and his diversionary attempts are looking very cynical.
Anyway over to Bad12.
Lolz, what a excellent piece of journalism, all I could think while reading it was “fight you bastards fight”.
A fight like this isn’t going to disappear anytime soon, it’s a smouldering ruin spurred on by Nationals abysmal polling and it will now morph into the dog chasing it’s tail as the support base in Auckland walks away from National not being able to stand the stench.
The ramifications of this explosion within Nationals elite arm of movers and shakers will sooner or later become apparent in the Parliament.
I picked Slippery the Prime Minister’s recent prolonged sojourn into the heady realm of international diplomacy as Judith Collin’s best chance to roll Him for the leadership position and I am going to assume here it is in fact the abysmally low polling numbers that have in fact stopped her leadership challenge albeit temporarily so.
Having picked Maurice Williamson quite some time ago as one quietly painting a large target on the back of Slippery the PM I am not surprised now that he is showing up in more mainstream commentary as the “other half” of the Collins leadership ticket, it was obvious when Slippery urged Maurice to take up the Speaker’s role in the Parliament that he was trying to get rid of Maurice and just as obvious from Williamson’s refusal to take the Speakers Chair (usually followed by a plum ambassadorial role), that he had “unfinished business”.
I am picking that Collins/Williamson, one or the other astutely reading the political landscape, have decided amidst the National Government’s dramatic fall from electoral grace that they will face after November 2014 a Labour/Green Government of at least two terms and that there is far more to be gained by playing the waiting game.
Should this be true I would expect Collins/Williamson to “allow” Bill English to take the National Party leadership into the first term of Opposition in what is beginning to have the faint whiff of a total electoral rout for National.
Expect then a woeful election fought by Bill English as leader in 2017 followed by a Collins/Williamson takeover soon after, of course they just might be able to scrape together the numbers to roll Slippery prior to the 2014 election but time for this to gain the pair any political traction is fast running out,
I can only add again, fight you bastards, fight …
Update: Here is a link to the Metro editorial that Bryce Edwards refers to, h/t Pascal’s bookie.
In it Simon Wilson says:
I’d first heard the rumour about 10 days [before election day], and was also told “The National Party caucus” knew about it too. The word was that Slater was going to publish in election week, but because he didn’t, I had assumed the rumour was false. Duh.
A few things now seem clear. One is that Brown is an idiot. Another is that the stench of depravity emanating from this affair comes largely from Slater and his little gang, not from Brown and his erstwhile lover Bevan Chuang. A third, following the golden rule of gossip, is that if I heard there was a scandal in the wings, and if some National Party MPs knew, then a great many people on the centre-right of Auckland politics probably also knew.