Will Nick return?

June 10th, 2012 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Ashburton Guardian reports:

Former cabinet minister has hinted about a possible return to the top table after Prime Minister John Key this week indicated such a move was not out of the question. …

Mr Key was asked about Dr Smith’s future in Cabinet in light of the police decision and he said that while he could not rule it out, it depended on the outcome of other inquires.

Dr Smith, who was in Ashburton yesterday at a Federated Farmers water forum, was asked whether he would be back in Cabinet.

He quoted Winston Churchill in reply: “Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous. In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.”

Heh, Nick has used that quote many times.

My expectation is that Nick will return in October, when Lockwood Smith will become High Commissioner to London and probably David Carter the new Speaker.

The benefits of Nick returning are an experienced and capable Minister. The risks are that if he makes another error of judgement then it will be the PM held responsible, not the Minister.

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15 Responses to “Will Nick return?”

  1. Viking2 (11,544 comments) says:

    Funny really, why would you call Smith capable?

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  2. Manolo (14,019 comments) says:

    The incompetent Smith is needed to continue propping National’s non-sensical stance on the ETS tax.

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  3. Viking2 (11,544 comments) says:

    Smith and his finance Minister should be shown the door. Neither are much good. Haven’t been for a long time. They are yesterday’s men. Now like a lot of others simply troughers.

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  4. Viking2 (11,544 comments) says:

    Now this is more like the type of Politician we WANT.

    So when the council’s economists told him at his first meeting about multi-million dollar projects in its 10-year plan and a projected 7.5 per cent average annual rates increase, he disagreed.

    “We were heading into a brick wall at a million miles an hour.

    “That’s what happened in Kaipara [where residents face an average 31 per cent rates hike]. They had massive infrastructure projects and no growth. You’ve got to live within your own means.”

    The result is what is believed to be the biggest rates decrease in the country.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10811979

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  5. Redbaiter (9,488 comments) says:

    That the left now hold almost the complete west in the fatal grip of cultural Marxsm is down to the ineffectualness of political cowards and compromisers like Nick Smith.

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  6. cows4me (248 comments) says:

    Yeah bring Nick, the hot air coming out of National needs taxing.

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  7. Manolo (14,019 comments) says:

    The benefits of Nick returning are an experienced and capable Minister. The risks are that if he makes another error of judgement then it will be the PM held responsible, not the Minister.

    Really? Key is completely bereft of ideas and principled people.
    Staying in power at any cost seems to be Labour lite’s motivation.

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  8. Psycho Milt (2,419 comments) says:

    Nick Smith will be back in Cabinet? I must have missed the news about how it turned out he didn’t write that letter after all – or is it just that the National Party considers influence-peddling a minor offence warranting a few months’ stand-down?

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  9. Matthew Hooton (131 comments) says:

    Very early trading on iPredict suggests he will be back by the end of the year, and be given his old climate change and emvironment portfolios back, but not local government. See https://www.ipredict.co.nz/app.php?do=browse&cat=737

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  10. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    is it just that the National Party considers influence-peddling a minor offence warranting a few months’ stand-down?

    Psycho,

    Aside from Nick Smith not peddling influence, I refer you to the Labour Party, who do not consider it any form of offence at all [when they do it] – e.g. Philip Field and his tiler, and Dover Samuels, Shane Jones and David Cunliffe over Bill Liu

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  11. Joseph Carpenter (214 comments) says:

    Any chance Nick Smith will repay the taxpayer the $259,000 he owes them for his personal defence in the defamation case before he becomes a minister again? Who the fuck decided he should get that money as a birthday present? I mean it’s been over six years now, even Winston Peters only owes $158,000.

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  12. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    I’m not convinced Smith is a great Minister, but the woeful performance of many of his peers is showing that Key needs every crumb of competence he can muster.

    Smith to his great credit fell on his sword over the Pullar episode, emerging with integrity. If making a fool of oneself over a woman was a capital crime there would be few males left on the planet. I think he should come back, hopefully with a little more humility.

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  13. Viking2 (11,544 comments) says:

    Won’t change his thinking nor his ability.

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  14. orewa1 (410 comments) says:

    Hmmm. After just watching Close Up on the Bronwyn Pullar episode, I’m feeling I was a bit too generous in my comment about Nick Smith.

    What an appalling disgrace! The Chairman and CEO of ACC clearly have to be fired for outright lying, probably the Board for gross incompetence, and Smith as Minister must take some accountability for the culture.

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  15. wiseowl (925 comments) says:

    mith has been there too long.

    @viking10.40. As an elected member was proud to be part of a decision to have NO general rate for a year.

    Media not interested .Ratepayers never understood. (they might now)

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