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9:00 am, February 10th, 2017 - 33 comments
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The Herald’s front-page plug to get Roughan’s book off the remaindered list informs us that Key is going on the speaking circuit and will go back into finance (not that he ever left). One political role he will carry on since he walked out of National Party leadership is chairing the International Democratic Union. He was doing it in Germany earlier in the year.
The IDU has announced that he still intends to continue this role. His predecessor in the job, John Howard, who was this week seen skulking around our Parliament doing his best to keep out of the limelight, carried on as IDU Chairman for seven years after he was dumped as Prime Minister by Kevin Rudd in 2007. I’ve absolutely no doubt they will have been discussing it this week – Key took over from him in 2014.
The IDU represents 50 right-wing parties around the world and is a far more effective ideas-sharing organisation that its leftish equivalent the Socialist International which is basically a resolution factory. They are having a campaign managers’ meeting in Washington this month.
Also they will be looking for someone capable of managing the uncertainties of the Trump connection with the Republican party, let alone the international relations aspects of the job. Key has tightened up the organisation considerably since he took over. It’s not a surprise; I’m sure they wanted him to stay. If only the left was as well organised internationally.
It also means he will continue to be involved in out politics. He’s not gone away – staying in the job will do no harm for Key’s Rolodex and the speaking circuit. He can keep promoting New Zealand as the Switzerland of the South. – expect more Peter Thiels.