Bill English is quoted by the NZ Herald as saying he does not think he will be leader again, and that this is a permament and stable leadership.

I had been thinking much the same yesterday. Unless there is some scandal or disaster I can’t see any scenario where the Key/English team wouldn’t lead into at least the next two elections, maybe even the next three. And this is a good thing not to be changing as often as National has been.

One also has a relatively youthful yet experienced front bench who should be able to stick together also for at least two or three elections. The average age of the National front bench (top eight) is a fairly youthful 43. Labour by comparison has an average front bench age of 57, so will be just under 60 at the next election.

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