Once more to the breach of Steven Joyce’s face dear friends, once more to the breach!
Steven Joyce is about to be shot in the face.
The National Party is used to parachuting in Leaders. When the National Party values are as hollow with self interest as the Right’s are, National Party rank and file see parachuted in Leaders as simply a new marketing investment, they don’t get precious about not serving your time like the Left does, but there are limitations.
Steven Joyce is that limitation.
An outsider who was mates with Key, Joyce’s style of crony capitalism has locked out many on the Right who all get to collectively enjoy the public teat when their side is in.
This means Joyce has made an enormous amount of enemies.
Remember, Joyce went straight from candidacy into senior Cabinet Minister and wielded real power. While Nats accept parachuted in Leaders, they sure as Christ have no intention of losing the privileges and perks of power to someone as arrogant as Joyce.
Joyce has the favour of English so publicly demoting him would be a clear signal that the Collins/Bridges faction are now calling the shots.
Joyce is the canary in the coal mine for any Leadership challenge.