Colin Espiner writes in the Press that “Prime Minister Helen Clark has become a polarising figure in New Zealand politics, but voters have yet to make up their minds about John Key, a new poll shows”. Hardly a surprise. As far as I can tell he’s keen to say as little as possible. Steve Braunias came to the same conclusion in the Sunday Star Times:
“As I listened to [Key] and looked at him during our interview… it wasn’t as simple as thinking that the lights were on but no one was home. It was more the case that he was in there, somewhere, but there were no lights on…. The Prime Minister Helen Clark’s scornful assessment of that National Party leader – “Insubstantial” – might actually count as high praise. At least it acknowledged his presence…. [T]he notion that this man could be our next Prime Minister struck me as ludicrous.”
Compare that frank assessment with his opinion of the PM last week as she was preparing to head off to Apec for a solid 30 hours of climate change and trade talk with other world leaders. Can you imagine the hollow man there? “It depends what you mean by climate change”. “It depends how you define trade”. Spare us.
And after returning from Apec she was off to Queenstown to open their airport extension and take a helicopter ride with 10 year old competition-winner, Toby, to discuss his ideas on saving the planet too.