While I’m sure Paddy is just being flippant, as anyone who has watched Key over 6 ruthless dead eyed years would know, Key’s homicidal alpha male pathology would never allow himself to be blackmailed by anyone. The idea Judith has something over Key is ludicrous because Judith hasn’t befallen a terrible freak accident.
Key is that politically bloodthirsty.
Key will leave when he is
a) – bored
b) – when he has done all the necessary knife work to NZs economic sovereignty by selling us out to US Corporate interests to get a job offer at the World Bank or IMF or UN.
The reason Key has let Judith Collins off the hook is because Judith is one of the lead contenders to take the National Party leadership when Key steps down and Key hasn’t decided which faction he wants to leave the National Party with yet. Judith will line up against Simon Bridges with Steven Joyce as power broker with the Master-of-Whispers Murray McCully and Bill English in the background. Amongst that cacophony of interests, Key is yet to pick a side and that is why he hasn’t lambasted Judith.
Another consideration will be Collins very close relationship with Cameron Slater. National tacticians don’t need their favourite attack dog going rogue in election year.