Has John Key just lost the election?
I can't believe what I am seeing.
The difference between John Key and a Japanese nuclear reactor is that Japanese nuclear reactors know when to stop melting down.
Labour went through a series of home goals as Phil bumped around as leader, but watching National's self mutilation by Key walking away from the media without answering questions would make a masochist wince.
National's strategy to gag the media by bringing in the Police has provoked a terrible backlash.
Will John Campbell, Duncan Garner, Paddy Gower, Barry Soaper, John Armstrong etc etc etc really put up with that?
The media know what are on the tapes now and every day that passes, John Key will be asked specific questions and the pressure will mount every hour of the campaign. There is blood in the water now, and the journalists are about to go into a feeding frenzy.
We forget Key has only been in politics for 6 years before he became Prime Minister and the stress is more intense now than at any other time. Whoever is running political strategy for National has just managed to tip the scales against Key at a crucial moment in the election.
National just went sub 45% party vote.
We can look past off color comments from Key, because he's made so many in the past and he's still so popular, but it's the character that emerges when the pressure comes on that determines Prime Ministers.
It wasn't so much that Helen Clark pretended to paint a painting, it was that she had people buy it and burn it afterwards that was the major turn off.
It's how Key has reacted so poorly to the taping scandal that is far more damaging than what he's probably said.
Personally I find Key's claim that he is standing up for the principle against secret taping after ramming through the search and surveillance bill utterly astounding.
Key can't agree to releasing the transcript before the police have finished their political investigation so he walks out of every media question time on the campaign trail until the election?
It's like watching a train crash in slow motion.