The ‘Key-English secret recording followed by denial followed by excuse followed by apology’ debacle is, well, an utter debacle.
If these clowns ever win an election – which has to be questionable after this sort of political mismanagement – similar antics will make opposition rather more pleasant than it otherwise is for Labour.
There are not many basic political handbook rules which haven’t been broken, and they’ve provided enough ammunition for Labour to keep firing through to polling day. In 2005, National gifted Labour the â€˜gone by lunchtime’ comment. This is now on a similar scale, thanks almost entirely to the inept handling of it. And the ignominious memory of having to grovel at the foot of his master, will keep Bill English’s Brutus-level ambitions alive for many years.