John Key has stated he’ll quit politics if National loses this year’s election.* Boo fucking hoo. In any kind of just world this would be reported by our media as a clear sign of where his real commitment lies – and that’s certainly not to effecting important changes or making New Zealand a better place or anything.
But it’s not a just world, which is also why Audrey Young’s journalism gland is so atrophied it allowed this to go without the most basic comment:
He also said he had made it reasonably clear that he did not want to revert to being Opposition leader.
“I don’t think it suits me as a person. I’m not a negative person and a lot of Opposition is negative.“
Hey Audrey, do you think a real journo might have dug a little deeper into the fact that our own Prime Minister apparently doesn’t understand what the Opposition is for?**
Yes, Smile&Wave, it’s pretty negative. Because Opposition is [meant to be] a vital check on governmental power. It’s the devil’s advocate that views all government policy through an essentially negative lens in order to make sure that it’s not fucked up.
Now I can expect a complete egomaniacal flake like Key to not get that. It would just be a really awesome late Christmas present if our political journos could figure it out.
*And doesn’t even have the fucking nous to spin that as “respecting the nation’s decision” or “taking personal responsibility for any backlash against National”
**I mean, I get you’re determined to ignore the fact that Key is unrelentingly negative on a constant basis in the House, Audrey, with his constant infantile “LOL UR DUM” responses to serious questions. But maybe some actual constitutional engagement could help cover that up?