Well it took seven long years (and a seemingly unending parade of scandals), but some of the media seem to be assessing Key more realistically these days. The “rags to riches” narrative is changing to “out of touch”.
Prime Minister John Key defends Hawaii holiday: ‘I’m not a ridiculously lavish guy’
The fact that Key has to “defend” this is a sea-change.
Prime Minister John Key is continuing to defend his family’s lifestyle, insisting he is “not a ridiculously lavish guy”.
The PM has been criticised for appearing “out of touch” in a week where unaffordable housing dominated the headlines.
There’s a similar piece in The Herald, and related fluff has been all over the “news” this week.
The fact is that Key was out of touch when he entered politics, and is increasingly so today. The interesting thing is at the media are beginning to comment on it.
[Note that this is not a post about Key’s family, and discussion of such in comments is discouraged in the strongest possible terms. This is a post about a changing media narrative and what it represents politically.]