Bill English is an incredibly savvy and intelligent strategist and the Left should not underestimate him.
The Machiavellian smarts to stay out of the Mt Albert by-election and allow Greens and Labour to be framed as fighting, the Machiavellian dog whistle to dump on Waitangi and his fluent use of Maori at Ratana yesterday all suggest a Politician who has relied on sly cunning over the retail charisma of Key to keep and hold power.
He’s pausing on announcing the election date because he want’s to think about two things
1 – Global ructions that hit the economy – the first sign of danger Internationally and he might want to go to the Polls sooner rather than later and allow the damage to set in.
2 – Mt Albert by-election – If Labour can be wounded or worse then Bill might want to call a snap election.
If the Left underestimate English, National get another term.