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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.

Deb­bie Jamieson

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