If you ever needed proof that the NZ Herald is out of touch with mainstream New Zealand voters there is their editorial today which sanctimoniously warns John Key about margin of error movements in their own poll.
The result of our poll today could suggest voters will forgive any foolish behaviour from this Prime Minister. If the man himself reads the results that way he would be foolish indeed. The fact that his support from polled voters is undiminished by the disclosure of his penchant for pulling a young woman’s ponytail may have something to do with his response. Wisely, he soon dropped the excuse that it was mere “horseplay” in his local coffee bar – some sort of standing joke enjoyed by all except the poor waitress – and admitted he had been plain stupid.
Persistently stupid. He would be wise to continue chastising himself whenever the subject is raised on his return from overseas. If supporters make light of it around him, he should not for a moment join in. It was not funny, and not just another of the fun-loving political risks he has taken over the years. Some of those were charming, some cringe-worthy, none previously involved an unwanted physical contact.