It is still possible to follow the news without encountering politics at every turn – but it’s getting harder. And the journalists are sitting alongside the leaders watching every step along the way. So far we see Otago Uni students giving Helen Clark a “rock star welcome“, with the ODT saying:
The Prime Minister was at her campaigning best…she could have announced the world was ending tomorrow and the students would still be cheering.”
“Political reporter Colin Marshall is on the campaign trail with John Key and says his plans simply aren’t as slick as Labour’s… Meanwhile, Key says he’s looking forward to tonight’s first televised leaders debate.”
All the more reason then for Mr Key to show off the work he’s been doing spending his weekends boning up on policy. We know he can be an animated and engaging performer when the conditions are right and he steps back from just running the lines. It’s time to set that charm loose.