Now that the political career of John Key is in its final stages the main stream media is preparing for the obituary.
An example appeared in Stuff yesterday written by Tracey Watkins.
It was meant to sound upbeat and positive but much like Key’s career when you strip out the fawning PR cliches and concentrated on the substance there was precious little to celebrate.
Her summary of his achievements during his time as Prime Minister show how little he has achieved and why he will be forgotten rather quickly.
Watkins provided a synopsis of what Key achieved each year.
For term one she noted the following achievements:
For Key’s second term he:
The third term was particularly disappointing. Watkins notes that Key:
Her list is underwhelming. Never has so much political capital been wasted on so little. No wonder Key plummeted to 2% as preferred prime minister following his announcement.
Don Brash summed up Key succinctly. He was reported to have said this:
Former National party leader Don Brash says John Key has enjoyed being Prime Minister and ego-boosting meetings with world leaders but he has been guilty of tinkering rather than making major changes.
He says Mr Key has not dealt well with crunchy issues of narrowing the wage gap with Australia, superannuation and housing.
Mr Brash gave him a five out of 10 for his time as Prime Minister, saying he had not done anything that Helen Clark would not have done.
No doubt National will be attempting to put a gloss on history and rely on gushing bollocks like this piece.
But if the real issues are considered such as child poverty, the housing crisis, New Zealand’s response to climate change, our rivers not being wadeable and the general worsening of the quality of life for ordinary people then Key’s reign must be considered to be an abject disaster.