Life must be tough as a Nat MP. Key has been so dominant for so long that they have become invisible. The only ones we ever hear about are the ones who screw up.
But now, for a one glorious week, Nat MPs are somewhat relevant. They get to vote on the new leader. (Sorry Nat members – you remain completely irrelevant – no vote for you – though National is happy to keep taking your money – ka-ching!)
For one week the factions are all out in the open, the infighting has begun – Discontent stirs among National Party caucus after John key’s shocking resignation
Key’s dream-team for the succession is known to be English as Prime Minister, Paula Bennett as Deputy Prime Minister and Steven Joyce as Finance Minister.
That is the likely outcome because Key’s influence remains huge.
But sources spoken to by the Herald suggest a pocket of discontent with some not wanting the baton passed without a contest next Monday, even with the knowledge English will be the likely successor.
There is speculation that Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Justice Minister Amy Adams are considering a run, possibly on a new generation ticket.
Judith Collins, too, is not ruling out a bid and Paula Bennett has made no decisions.
Enjoy your week N-MPs! After it is passed you will be required to shut up and toe the line again. And you will meekly do it too – in public at least.
— Newshub Politics (@NewshubPolitics) December 5, 2016
The smiling assassin accidentally also knifes National's 2017 re-election – Scott's John Key resignation cartoon in the Dominion Post today: pic.twitter.com/cuse1yNhwI
— Bryce Edwards (@bryce_edwards) December 5, 2016
— Rod Emmerson (@rodemmerson) December 5, 2016