Opinion: London calling, but for which MP?

Opinion: London calling, but for which MP?

Speaker of the House David Carter has ruled out heading to London to take over from Sir Lockwood Smith as the next High Commissioner. 

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters made a call to stop the "white bro-rocracy" -- the practice of appointing ex-politicians to cushy overseas ambassadorial roles.

The speaker says he's "honoured" to have his current role and he's not ready to give it up just yet. 

"Despite persistent media speculation, it has never been my interest or intention to become New Zealand's High Commissioner in London," he said in a statement. 

"I'm honoured to be Speaker of the House of Representatives. I enjoy the role, and intend to carry on with that role as long as I have the confidence of the house."

So if not David Carter... then who?

Here are our top picks. 

1. Gerry Brownlee

Opinion: London calling, but for which MP?

(Simon Wong / Newshub.)

He's been around for donkeys, part of Key's kitchen cabinet. He's the Leader of the House, and basically runs the show -- probably next in line after Carter. A shoo-in. 

 

2. Anne Tolley

Opinion: London calling, but for which MP?

(Simon Wong / Newshub.)

Could Anne Tolley soon swap her Ohope Beach pad for the Central London gig? We think she'd fit in quite nicely whether it's having dinner with the Royals or participating in the legendary ex-pat pub crawl. Plus, it's about time we put a woman in the job. Middle-aged white men have dominated the London post for far too long. 

 

3. Shane Jones

Opinion: London calling, but for which MP?

(Newshub.)

The Government already created a cushy overseas post in the Pacific for him after he bailed on Labour. If he needs a break from the tropical sands why not send him to London? Although it'd be a long flight back for his legendary Waitangi parties. 

 

4. Murray McCully 

Opinion: London calling, but for which MP?

(AAP)

He's not standing in his East Coast Bays seat (Hi Colin, are the Conservatives still around?). He's obviously got the foreign affairs thing down -- what with him being the Minister and all. 

 

5. Winston Peters

Opinion: London calling, but for which MP?

(Simon Wong / Newshub.)

Bro-rocracy -- not ok. But what if Winston is handed the ticket to the Motherland? Well, we tried to find out whether he'd take it. And we got Winstoned. He says he's got bigger fish to fry; that we were asking self-indulgent questions. Bottom line: He wouldn't rule it out. 

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