Oh for crying out loud would the media please stop fawning over Steven Joyce. So far everything he’s touched has turned to pus with roading projects that fail cost/benefit analysis, the gold card fiasco, the PR fiasco over Radio NZ cuts and now the really bad move to step in just as the super city issue starts to get gangrenous.
And even before he was in parliament he was orchestrating the Exclusive Brethren cock-up that (probably) cost National the 2005 election!
I know people who have dealt with Joyce who’ve described him as an man with low cunning, a penchant for bullying his way through situations and a few tricks for fooling the media (which seem to work).
What I’d like to know is whether the gallery, who are generally quite astute, are actually fooled by this guy or whether they’re so really desperate to find a contender in Key’s cabinet that Joyce is bigged up because of some kind of a best-of-a-bad-situation approach to horse-race political journalism.
But then again, I’ve got a funny sense of political deja vu and if I had to try to put my finger on it I’d say it’s the feeling that Joyce is the pale imitation of a young Turk era Muldoon to go with Key’s pale imitation of Holyoake.
It’s like that Marx quote I guess. You know, the one about history repeating itself as farce.