Sharples and Turia remind me of an old couple running the family store with no kids to pass it on to.
They want to retire. If they do, that’ll be curtains for everything they’ve built. Without them, the Maori Party goes to a well deserved death.
Plus Key will be pressuring them to stay. They’re his only ghost of a chance. Even that scenario is a long shot the way the polls are going, and assumes Sharples and Flavell can holds their seats.
How much longer can they keep going? Sharples especially wants out. They’ll be 72 and 70 in 2014. Surely, it would be nicer to go now with some dignity, rather than cling on until they have to be carried out feet first.