After #dirtypolitics Key isn’t the smiling assassin, he is the grumpy butcher. When he said Judith had a ‘last chance’ he meant 1 second after voting closes on 20th September. Key would love nothing more than to cut Collins loose and end her career, the damage she’s created by handing Slater so much info will probably cost the National Party the election, and he’s desperate to distract attention from his own relationship with Slater.
Unfortunately for TeamKey – they can’t dump Judith before the election. That would admit the allegations in Hager’s book and it would turn Judith rogue. Right now, Collins has more power than Key.
If Key loses this election, Collins is best placed to take the leadership, if Key wins the election, it’s all over for Collins. Do I personally think Collins has any chance at the leadership after the hate she’s involved herself in? No way, but she’s wide eyed enough about her own greatness that she can’t see it’s over.
National are about to have their own Game of Thrones blue wedding.