COMMENT:

Even if he turns out to be National's saviour in 2023 or 2026, Christopher Luxon's announcement through TVNZ's 1NEWS last night risks sabotaging the party's 2020 campaign.

The situation is similar to when Don Brash suddenly resigned as Reserve Bank governor in April 2002. From that moment, the already struggling 41-year-old Bill English was seen as a mere interim leader, undermining everything he subsequently had to say.

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