Audrey Young almost manages an epiphany in this piece:
A week’s a long time in politics
It is a frosty start to a long week with John Key. Several of the travelling media, including me, have been highly critical of Key, not so much for accusing the Opposition of backing murderers and rapists but refusing to apologise after offence was taken.
The outwardly pleasant and relaxed Prime Minister has a bloody-minded streak to him and when that switch is on, he digs in and thinks it will all blow over, and it eventually does.
Key doesn’t have “a bloody-minded streak” to him, that’s who Key is, solidly determined, unscrupulous and ruthless. The jocular and nice Mr Key facade is and always has been a thin veneer over the top. The evidence for this after the last 7 years (indeed over his whole career) is clear, so much so that even big fans like Audrey are finally commenting on it.
In other personality politics news this morning, this piece on how Speaker Carter is losing control of Parliament is well worth a read. As to Rodeny Hide’s incoherence, more of that in another post perhaps (for now I have some lawns to mow before the rains come!).