If twitter is any guide the next leader of the Parliamentary National Party may have been announced. Although he is not yet an MP so his ascension will not be immediate.
From the Herald:
Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon has hinted at a move into politics as he resigned from the national carrier this evening.
“I would like to think more about how I can best use my skills, abilities and experience to make a further contribution to the success of New Zealand whether that be through corporate life, politics or a not for profit,” Luxon said in a statement.
Luxon has regularly been talked about as a possible National Party candidate.
But in May, Luxon dismissed claims he was considering standing for National in the Botany seat.
Air New Zealand’s chairman Tony Carter also previously dismissed such claims, telling NewstalkZB that Luxon had told him he remained committed to the company.
National Party leader Simon Bridges said he had not yet spoken to Luxon yet “but we are always looking for talented people.”
Certainly Heather Du Plessis-Allan thinks that Chris is the man. Yesterday she said this:
Christopher Luxon is said to be firmly focused on becoming PM. I’m told he’s considered how to time his run in order to maximise his chances at becoming PM. He’s said to have studied Jacinda Ardern’s elevation from MP to leader to Prime Minister – with a view to emulating it.
You can never really call these things with accuracy, but Luxon may well have what it takes.
He’s good on TV. He’s got warmth and likeability. That counts for a lot. It’s what makes Jacinda Ardern popular.
He’s got economic credentials. He’s spent seven years running one of the most popular companies in the country. Economic credentials matter, especially to National voters. It’s at least part of what made John Key popular.
He has green credentials. Under his leadership, Air New Zealand has pitched itself quite aggressively as something of a “green” airline. That matters to the National Party which is keen on neutering any suggestion they’re being left behind on climate-change politics.
And he’s got conservative credentials. He’s a Christian and a family man. Again, that matters, especially to National Party voters.
Clearly there is a lot of media management going on with this announcement. And if it happens it will be a vote of no confidence in both Simon Bridges and Judith Collins.
This morning Luxon said that he would consider the matter over summer and that politics is something that he is interested in.
He is running …