Losing your religion

Over the last 12 months, I’ve had emails from you about John Key.  Twelve months ago, the major tone was “leave him alone, stop being so churlish, what’s the alternative?”.

I have indeed been treated poorly by John Key.  And he’s also treated some of my friends poorly.  At first, that anger showed, and people were right to tell me to take that out of it.   But hey, just have a think as to what sort of a year I had.  When friends had lost jobs, people lost relationships, and I was dragged through formal inquiries that ultimately proved that everything I was involved with was above board.

Through this period, John Key had cut me off and thrown me under the bus.   Fair call.  I have no problem with that personally.  Can’t say I would have done the same, but I can understand it was one of the strategies in front of him, and here we are.

As the year progressed, we all have seen John Key be less of a leader and less of an effective politician.  And now, when I write about that, people can finally see past their fear, past their idea that any and all criticism of John Key is simply because there is some revenge agenda, and they can see what I’ve been saying all along:  that ever since the election, National is without direction, making poor decisions, and having flagship policy controlled by the media and Peter Dunne.

All I do is point you to the facts as they exist.  And now, whenever I criticise John Key and National the emails I get are completely different in tone.

Message: Hi Cam,

I’ve been watching, reading listening to various news sources
regarding the flag debate. I’m not that hot about it but as it
currently stands I will be voting for the current flag to remain, such
is the dearth of inspiration in the designs ‘chosen’.

This afternoon I was listening to ‘The Farming Show’ on ZB when the PM
was interviewed about the flag and the inclusion of the fifth design.

After about a minute I was so thoroughly irritated with his
explanations and justifications as to why it was included, I turned
the radio off. I simply couldn’t stand his voice anymore and the
absolute rubbish he was talking.

There’s a first.

“But Cam”, you’ll say.  “Look at the polls!”.  Yes, I know.  The polls.   Key riding high.  National riding high.  Nothing to worry about, right?

Long term readers know I am always ahead of the popular view.  And I regularly get this push-back when I swim upstream apparently for no other reason than to be controversial.

But the difference is that instead of telling me to stop being nasty, emails are now coming in saying that they can see what I’ve been talking about, and it’s ‘clicked’.

Is this the end?  Will National not get to a fourth term?   Too early to tell.

One thing is for sure.  In spite of the poll results, the downward slide has begun.   I can see it.  And if you look through your fingers, so can you.

 


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