Brian Edwards writes, in his piece about Chris Carter’s failboat sailing in one last time,
Q. Can Goff win the next election?
A. Probably not. But the honeymoon is definitely ending. The electorate is beginning to see Key’s shameless, give-them-anything-they-want populism as weak leadership. And the promise of ‘catching up with Australia’ already looks hollow.
Now, it’s now secret I’m a lefty, but I’d like to think I have some semblance of balance when it comes to my analyses of my situation, and I’m not sure I see any evidence of this at all. I mean the end of the honeymoon, not the shameless populism and weak leadership, that’s pretty hard to miss.
All-in-all, I think mainstream media’s coverage of this was surprisingly good, given how awful it has been up until now. Perhaps they’re all a little sad that they’ll be losing their favourite toy.