The die is cast and Prime Minister English has made his first mistake which will deform the next 10 political months.
By accepting his puppet as Deputy, English leaves Simon Bridges and Judith Collins, the Queen and Princling of the backbenchers out of the tent.
That will be English’s downfall.
Over the next 10 months Bridges and Collins know that if they don’t destabilise the English Leadership for a challenge themselves post election, then they are both on the chopping block. If English wins 2017, they face demotion, if he loses they could usher in a new hard right National.
Collins as Leader and Bridges as Deputy would be of Death Star proportions.
How do Bridges and Collins destabilise English over the next 10 months? Why Bill has provided them the target, his Deputy, Paula Bennett. Expect a secret drip drip drip leak of anything detrimental to Paula’s ruinous social housing suddenly becoming public. Destroying Paula destroys English and it can be done with precision targeting to maximise political damage.
My guess is that Matthew Hooton is about to become incredibly busy.