Melissa Lee’s recent interviews on Q+A, TV1, TV3 and RNZ proved once and for all that being able to read an autocue doesn’t mean you’re any good at handling the media.
When Lee put her hand up to rob the hapless Ravi Musuku of any chance of ever being rewarded for standing in Mt Albert, I doubt she realised how brave she was. She probably thought it’d be good for scoring a few brownie points with Sir John.
Now with National’s scrapping of the Waterview tunnel and the enormous heat that’s going to develop, the Anti-Supershity hikoi in a couple of weeks, the Black Budget just around the corner, and the latest pilfering public funds allegations – Lee looks like she’ll be taking the wrap for a substantial National humiliation in the Mt Albert by-election next month. Perhaps belatedly sensing her terrible error of judgement in standing and her potential demise, Lee has to date consistently appeared arrogant, aggressive and highly defensive.
This is definitely bringing Lee down fast. The only question remaining about her political career is has she already gone under, but I doubt she’ll join Dick Worth just yet. Lee’s handlers will have undoubtedly seen the problem even if Lee couldn’t. If she’s smart she’ll take their advice and do a quick change of face to a much softer, kinder, more caring, more listening, more conciliatory appearance.
Stand by for a 180 personality makeover.