A good reason to go

John Key, New Zealand’s centre-right prime minister, has announced his sudden resignation, saying he did not see himself as a career politician and had “nothing left in the tank”.

Compare that to the average politician, for whom office, power, is the aim in the first place.

13 thoughts on “A good reason to go”

  1. As Prime Minister I think that he has been one of the best; and not just one of the best in NZ’s history, but one of the best in the world at the moment as well. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t vote for National!

    It will be a shame to see him go, but bloody good of him to decide that he couldn’t give anymore and so move on. Good man!

  2. He was an ideal PM, didn’t really want the power, and never did very much with it. Hopefully, the vacuum will not be filled with someone out to change the world.

  3. “office, power, is the aim”

    Two types mixed up there. Some just seem to want the trappings of office, don’t seem to have much desire to use the power except to increase the status of the office. Blair, Cameron.

    Others it’s the power, that desire to change the world; Brown.

    Not sure about May yet; maybe both with her.

  4. He’ll just be replaced by someone who IS a career politician.

    Yes, in David cameron’s case the tank was empty because the tank driver got out of the tank.

    Very good.

  5. The danger is that he leaves a vacuum to be filled by a less competent PM. I’d rather be ruled by an empty vessel than by someone with lots of bad ideas in the tank.

  6. Bloke in Lower Hutt

    What James in NZ and David Moore said. Don’t know whether he threw a few coins in the Clinton Foundation collection tin or paid Obama’s green fees but he did seem to get much better access to the White House than our previous PM’s.

    He also seemed mostly irked about Trump getting elected because it killed the TPPA free trade agreement as much as anything which suggests to me his heart was in the right place.

  7. Richard;

    “Two types mixed up there. Some just seem to want the trappings of office, don’t seem to have much desire to use the power except to increase the status of the office. Blair, Cameron.”

    Don’t buy it sorry, both Blair and Cameron loved the power because it allowed them a chance to intrude into peoples lives. Blair with his ‘respect’ agenda, and Dave with his ‘nudge politics’. They are the most insidious kind of totalitarian. At least Brown set his stall out in the open.

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