Here’s an interesting coincidence.
Who was National’s campaign manager for the 2005 election, so would have had access to everything?
Who was elevated in an almost unprecedented manner to a senior position in John Key’s Cabinet after the 2008 election, despite having never before been in Parliament?
From memory, that has only ever happened twice before in recent political history – with Tuariki Delamere, as a result of the coalition deal between National and NZFirst in 1996, and with Margaret Wilson, who had previously had the experience of being both a Professor of Law and a Labour Party President, in 1999.
A reward for a job well done by Mr Eightyfour Percent, perhaps? (And I don’t mean the 2005 election campaign).