Key post politics

November 9th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Tracy Watkins at Stuff reports:

, 52, and wife Bronagh, have made a pact over what happens when that day comes. Theirs will be a life lived in the slow lane – or slower, at least.

Life after politics will probably involve some commercial work, a board chairmanship or two and even some “ex-prime ministerial things”, said Key.

But he won’t be doing a Helen Clark and chasing a top United Nations job. He has been living the dream for the past few decades – a high-powered investment banking career, then a “dream run” in politics – he has been prime minister for almost half the time he has been in Parliament. The sacrifices have all been Bronagh’s, he insists.

When it’s all over “she doesn’t want me taking a really high-powered, seven days a week job”.

But nor has Bronagh – who was in her 30s when he entered Parliament and celebrates her 50th birthday next week – ever put a time limit on this part of their lives, he said.

There’s a video interview at the link which is a good watch. It is obvious that John Key doesn’t measure his success or happiness based on how long he will be in power for.

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26 Responses to “Key post politics”

  1. kowtow (8,938 comments) says:

    “He won’t be doing the Helen Clark thing and choosing a UN job.”

    There’s the problem. Leftists ,with their agenda crowd all sorts of world agencies and therefrom continue to push said agenda on a world stage (global warming ,feminism, equality)

    Meanwhile the so called right can only mount a rear guard action in the face of such activism.

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  2. Jack5 (5,278 comments) says:

    Do you really think John Key would be happy in a job without excitement and risk?

    Even being PM of an albeit small country must be a tad boring after life as leading world currency trader.

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  3. infused (583 comments) says:

    I met him at the Chamber luncheon a week or so ago. He really is a nice guy, so easy to talk to. I now know why his ratings are high.

    Even though he’s had these powerful jobs, he’s not superficial. At the lunch, he spent the entire time walking around and talking to people. The American sitting next to me couldn’t believe it.

    Hope we get another term out of him.

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  4. Mobile Michael (473 comments) says:

    I can see John going stir crazy if he has nothing to do. But I expect he’d be good as an ambassador or fundraiser type person for a charity or good cause.

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  5. liarbors a joke (1,069 comments) says:

    He will be a shoe in for a job with Ngai Tahu..along with his mate findlayson..jobs for the boys , scratch mine, scratch yours..

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  6. holysheet (467 comments) says:

    I agree with infused above. 4 years ago I had John Key open a new factory I had just built. It was an amazing thing. We had sent out invitations and 180 farmers attended the opening. He spoke at length to every person in the room. A very nice man, no pretensions, and well received by all at the opening. He was only supposed to be there for 45 minutes, ended up staying for 2 hours.

    We were very surprised when he said yes to our request for him to officially open our factory. From what I have seen since, he has not changed in his gracious manner when dealing with the public. I was extremely nervous in my opening speech and he put me at ease straight away. I will never forget this.

    I too would hope he gets another term

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  7. Archer (222 comments) says:

    In the same way, DPF, that you have posted about 7 National MP’s announcing retirements at the next election, and that some may be putting the interests of the National Party ahead of their own, well I must say, selfishly, that I hope John Key makes the same decision – that is, to do what is best for the National Party, but in his case that is stay on for as long as possible, rather than leave and he may personally want to.

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  8. sparky (235 comments) says:

    I so hope we get John Key as our Prime Minister for another term. He for me is the best and most down to earth Leader we have had in many years. Such a likeable personality, and John and his National team have done an excellent job. No one is perfect, but John and the National team will be getting our vote at the next election. Top Man JK.

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  9. nickb (3,696 comments) says:

    So glad to see JK has ticked PM off his bucketlist and will move on to better things shortly.

    A nice guy no doubt, but a complete failure in terms of vision and economic leadership.

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  10. berend (1,690 comments) says:

    Meanwhile, in the real world, John Key has racked up $13,000 of debt per NZ citizen:

    New Zealand’s government debt has hit a whopping $60 billion, despite the Crown’s finances being better than expected in recent months.

    The man has destroyed marriage as institution, not rolled back a single Labour legislation, and given us basically no tax decrease.

    DPF: t is obvious that John Key doesn’t measure his success or happiness based on how long he will be in power for.

    He said he would measure it by making a difference. Well, he didn’t. And where he did, it was negative for the future of this country.

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  11. Pete George (23,798 comments) says:

    The man has destroyed marriage as institution, not rolled back a single Labour legislation, and given us basically no tax decrease./i>

    Incorrect on all three counts.

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  12. smttc (767 comments) says:

    nickb, you haven’t a clue.

    You don’t make progress by pandering to the conservo righties (ie Redbaiter et al) who want all the change now and damn the torpedoes. You do it by taking all the people in the middle who actually vote governments in and out with you.

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  13. berend (1,690 comments) says:

    smttc, I assume that means we are going to have free student loans, WFF, and anti-smacking for ever.

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  14. big bruv (14,217 comments) says:

    I have not bothered to check but I just know that this piece in todays papers will be sending the pinko blogs into melt down mode.

    That will always put a smile on my face.

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  15. Colville (2,318 comments) says:

    For the dickheads such as nickb and berend that have commented above…just imagine the depth of the shit NZ would be in now if Goof and Wussel had been holding the reins for the last 5 years.

    Key to retire (as PM) in early 2016 is my pick.

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  16. berend (1,690 comments) says:

    Colville: just imagine the depth of the shit NZ would be in now if Goof and Wussel had been holding the reins for the last 5 years

    Thanks for confirming the great, and only, defence of the National Socialist Party supporters: but the others would be worse!!

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  17. Colville (2,318 comments) says:

    berend. NZ came thru the last 5 years better than almost any country in the world. Low unemployment and boom times ahead. I am rapt with the job Key and Co are doing. You are a dickhead.

    and as I have a xmas cake to bake that is all I will be saying on the matter :-)

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  18. berend (1,690 comments) says:

    Colville, notice anything in this chart? (select year 2000 till now): http://www.tradingeconomics.com/new-zealand/unemployment-rate

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  19. cha (4,139 comments) says:

    that is all I will be saying on the matter

    Bugger the facts, Tony doesn’t like it when you bag his boy so hush your damn mouth berend!.

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  20. OneTrack (3,362 comments) says:

    berend – ” I assume that means we are going to have free student loans, WFF, and anti-smacking for ever.”

    I think it does.

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  21. OneTrack (3,362 comments) says:

    Colville – rather Goff and Russel than Cunliffe, Russel, Hone and Winston.

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  22. Zapper (1,048 comments) says:

    Colville, it’s November 9 FFS, why are you making a christmas cake?

    Great comment, especially: “You are a dickhead”. Well summed up.

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  23. Viking2 (11,674 comments) says:

    Cause Xmas cakes should be made and kept to mature.

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  24. Steve (North Shore) (4,537 comments) says:

    As a Prime Minister John Key leave the Country in a better state than he found it in?
    Well it can’t be that hard to do considering what those two crims (Clark and Cullen) left NZ in when Labia lost (2008)

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  25. Colville (2,318 comments) says:

    Zapper.
    A month at least is required to soak Xmas cake with scotch :-)

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  26. berend (1,690 comments) says:

    Steve, Cullen left the country with a lot less debt. And none of their signature laws have been repealed.

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