Worth: gone. Wong: gone. Mapp: going. John Carter: going. Te Heuheu: probably going. Sharples, Hide, Dunne: facing de-election. Lockwood Smith: going mid-next term. Key: gone in 3 years, tops. More with limited lives due to corruption/abuses/incompetence (Heatley, English, Bennett). Why did Power really leave a party and government that was his to shape?
Don’t give me this bollocks about getting out on top.
When Power goes after one term he will have been a competent Justice Minister. Kept out of trouble. Made some bad but not-too-bad rightwing reforms. Forgettable.
Second term is when you make your mark if you’re good. And Power is good. If the Nats win this year, Power could have permanently recast the justice sector in his mold. Then dueled for the leadership with English in 2013 and won. Could have made a real legacy. Could have got rid of the ranks of dropkicks. Restored some intellectual heft to the party. Recast it in his image. Not smile and wave’s.
Don’t give me this bollocks about 12 years always being the plan.
You don’t hang round for nine years in Opposition then throw in the towel after 3 in power when more beckon. If 12 really was the ‘plan’, well, plans change.
Nah. Something happened. Something happened about 2 weeks ago. You don’t slip a long-planned, amicable retirement out under the cover of the quake. Only do that if you have something to hide. Hope the journos are distracted and buy your cover story. Which they did.
Why did Power suddenly decide not to spend the height of his career as a senior Nat and make a real difference? Maybe we’ll never know.