Key was never more than a front man.Posted: December 9, 2016
The Editor, The Sunday Star Times, Auckland
07 December, 2016
John Key lasted a year longer than I expected; I’ll give him that. But his demise goes back two years to the 2014 election and the stoush that followed from Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, out of which Judith Collins was sent to the bench for a while.
The direction of the National Government has for many years been personified more by Collins which now, amazingly, seems like a premonition of the Donald Trump phenomena. Key was never more than a front man.
That the electorate has allowed itself to drift along in the fog which always emanated from Key whenever he spoke is a legacy which will challenge the ability of the country to wake up and engage with the real world. There could be some unexpected jolts but in the long run it will be better to adopt the honesty of being awake.