An anonymous Sunday Star Times editorial last weekend (not on line) reads like a postcard from the future:
Key’s pleasantness will one day look like blandness and lack of vision. His smiley face will eventually symbolise vapidity and self-satisfaction. His pragmatism will in due course strike many voters as lack of policy and an absence of ideas. And one day his natural conservatism will come to seem like hollowness. The flipside of all his virtues can be seen even now, although the shadow hasn’t yet fallen across the polls. Some time in the second term the perceptions will change.
Of course, some of us are so far ahead of the times that we can see all of the above already. Oh and just by the way – some of us aren’t assuming that Key has a second term in the bag quite yet either!
The editorial continues:
National has presided over a dreadful economy and seems to have very little idea how to take New Zealand out of the mess and on to a new path of growth and rising prosperity. But the voters still aren’t blaming them much for that and they don’t think Labour would be any better.
And therein lies the reason why Key can still lose the election. There is still time for Labour to win that economic debate. “One day” might come sooner than we think.