Can I ask National to slow down the bad news as I am trying to do some work.
But this is very significant, Jian Yang, he with impeccable Chinese Communist Party links and of formidable fundraising ability, has announced that he is is retiring from politics. He is joining a surging of exodus of MPs including Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley among others.
From the Herald:
National MP Jian Yang has announced he will retire from politics after the election.
His tenure as an MP has been clouded with questions over his links to Chinese spy agencies and his studies at Chinese military institutions. Yang has always said these associations are above board.
“After careful consideration and talking to my wife and children, I have decided, that after serving three most rewarding terms in the National Party caucus, I will not stand in the 2020 general election,” Yang said in a statement this morning.
“Accordingly, I have informed the Party President that I should not be considered by the Regional list ranking committee of the Northern Region in its meeting tomorrow, hence my announcement today.”
It seems that more and more National MPs cannot countenance the thought of three more years in opposition. And this is going to further reinforce the growing impression that National is not representative of the diversity of our country’s population.
Can the last remaining National MP not forget to turn off the National Caucus Room’s lights?