Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


National caucus in disarray with Key’s comments

22 September 2006

National caucus in disarray with Key’s comments

Attempts to quieten public division within the National Party caucus have been dealt a serious blow with comments from John Key and 32 other National MPs that they have lost confidence in Don Brash, Labour Strategist Pete Hodgson said today.

National leadership hopeful John Key is quoted in today's Press as saying he had lost confidence in Dr Brash's leadership and hesitated when asked if he would like to see another person leading the Party.

Pete Hodgson said the only reason for any delay in rolling Brash was that National is facing a three-way leadership battle for the first time in living memory.

"John Key has been campaigning for the National Party leadership for most of this year, but has until now refused to publicly criticise Don Brash," Pete Hodgson said. "His comments in today’s Press represent a significant escalation in National’s leadership crisis – whether Key intended to make them public or not.

“We’ll probably be subjected to a Brash/Key handholding photo opp in the next few days, but the fact remains that the cat is now well and truly out of the bag. Even if Brash still holds a sad hope that he will be the National leader at the next election, there can be no repeat of the “Right Stuff” political partnership we saw between the two men last year.

“With over half the National caucus now openly supporting a new leader, the only reason for any delay in rolling Brash is that the Party is facing a three-way race for the leadership for the first time in decades. From Brash-English through to English-Shipley, Shipley-Bolger, Bolger-McLay, McLay-Muldoon, the current crop of National MPs has never witnessed a three-way race for the leadership.

“The fact that Don Brash, Bill English and John Key all have hopes of leading
National at the next election tells us two things. One, Don Brash has inspired little loyalty amongst the MPs brought in the 2005 intake. Second, the leadership contest will be bitter and divisive with inevitable destabilising after-effects felt for years to come. The front-bench reshuffle the coup will require should be enough to cause serious concerns about the long term stability of the caucus.”

Pete Hodgson also said that Don Brash’s latest spin on his corruption line – quoting the Electoral Act – is laughable as his interpretation would have National the only Party to have been proven to be corrupt under the law.

“National is the only Party who has been proven to have breached the spending cap in the 2005 election. Brash’s interpretation of the law would have his own Party labled corrupt as a result of their GST 'confusion'."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news