FROM THE NEWS DESK
I was as surprised as anyone to learn John Key was resigning as Prime Minister on Monday.
I am curious to see how this unfolds for the National Party in the lead up to next year’s election and also to see if there are other motivations behind his decision beside those publicly revealed.
I am hoping Bill English gets a good crack at replacing him - not for any particular political reasons but because I was disappointed for him that things went so awry when he led the
Nats into the 2002 elections.
As the representative for the Clutha Southland region, which has included Queenstown much of the time, he has been a frequent visitor, an engaging, informative and often very amusing speaker and a participant in many local activities.
Of course the caucus must weigh many factors before appointing a new leader next week but they could do a lot worse than following Key’s recommendation and putting English in the top job.