IrishBill commented last night that “John Key the centrist” is a narrative we’re not hearing much from the commentariat any more.
I thought this was strange given that was the brand they were all so dutifully selling us in the leadup to the election campaign. John Armstrong couldn’t get enough of it.
I wondered what was going on, so I did a google news search to find out. Seems John Key as centrist really began as a narrative on his election as National leader to distance him from Don Brash. It bubbled along steadily until the last few months before the the November election where it reached its crescendo. Now, not so much.
In fact, the only reference I can find of anyone in the media being shameless enough to run the John Key as centrist line in the last few months is this editorial from the reliably tory Herald.
With the secret agenda well and truly out of the bag it’s worth remembering how easily suckered our fourth estate was by such an obvious piece of tory spin.