The Collins Faction is tooling up again. While Judith Collins herself has been trying to present a more reasonable face in the House, her Slater/Lusk campaign team is trying to undermine her challenger, Joyce, and the incumbent, Key. Upping Tau Henare’s ridiculous run for Speaker is naked opportunism – but a closer read of Whaleoil, and some inside tips, point to a far more ambitious play on the way.
In the last couple of weeks, Slater/Lusk have written post after post about how vulnerable National majority in the House is, and about discontent among Collins Faction backbenchers who feel they have been overlooked for promotion to ministerial portfolios and are nervously looking at their low list positions and National’s falling poll ratings.
I’ll have more to write soon, but for now – ponder this line from Slater/Lusk: “That’s why buttocks should clench among senior ministers when they hear of any of Wagner, Kaye, Lotu-Iiga or MacIndoe are looking for a new job and thinking about resigning”.
Why is Slater/Lusk warning Joyce and Key that Lusk’s backbench clients, who are in the Collins Faction, could be making life difficult for them by resigning and leaving the Right – at least temporarily – unable to pass legislation that the Maori Party doesn’t support? What’s the game here? What are the Collins’ Faction about to do, and what is their real objective? Is the fact that Slater is involved a guarantee that this will be another clusterfuck?
And what about the concurrent anti-Kate Wilkinson campaign that Slater/Lusk are running?