One factor so far missed in the acres of coverage of the weekend’s by-election has been the behaviour of the main party leaders.
Andrew Little was there in Northland with his candidate Willow Prime, owning the call that he made and what he asked of her and her team. (I hope that she has a bright future ahead in Labour.)
— Willow Prime (@WillowPrime) March 28, 2015
John Key was on a plane, running from his candidate and the Nats’ defeat. (Off to Melbourne for the cricket – Andrew Little managed to be in Northland and get to the cricket too.)
Osborne on stage with his wife & kids but no visible support from Nat leadership. The poor sap has been used & abandoned. So, so shabby.
— Michael Wood (@michaelwoodnz) March 28, 2015
Key has form in this respect, he abandoned Melissa Lee the night of her defeat in the Mt Albert by-election too.
Loyalty is a fine thing. A leader expects loyalty, they should also return it. Key fails.