So, I guess I’ll do some serious analysis instead.
Armstrong’s piece is the journalistic equivalent of a woman standing outside the prison gates as her man is sent away with a sign saying “I know you done wrong Johnnie. But I still love you”. Key’s failings can’t be ignored, they’re too obvious, but for Armstrong they are overwhelmed by what comes across as an unfailing, unshakeable devotion.
Let’s look at those conflicting elements, “I know you done wrong” and “I still love you”, side by side as they appear in Armstrong’s column
Armstrong’s piece acknowledges that Key has failed to deliver on everything he has promised but humans have an amazing ability for double-think when love is involved. Even while aware of Key’s utter failure as a Prime Minister to deliver anything to the people of New Zealand, Armstrong can not see him as a failure, can’t criticise him.
Don’t expect John Key to suddenly become a Prime Minister who delivers on his promises and don’t expect John Armstrong to criticise him for it. They are what they are.