Slippery John and his mates seemed pretty down in the dumps in the House this week. I know that no one, but a few political junkies, watch the House but a political party’s performance there is a good indicator for their mood.
And, frankly, the Nats and their leader were not in a good one.
Despite being in the House for question time for most of the week, a glum looking John Key sat silently in his seat while his bench mate Bill English took centre stage. Bill asked question after question, while a lifeless Key could be seen in the seat next door with his head hung low. Hardly a peep came from him, although he did turn up on TV and radio a couple of times to follow up on things English had led on in the House.
It is more than a little strange that the Leader was not leading. Word is that many National backbenchers can’t figure out what the inner circle is up to either. Key may have a strategy, but he certainly isn’t sharing.
If they weren’t 10 points ahead in the polls, one might wonder if a coup was afoot in National’s ranks.