Duncan Garner critique’s Prime Minister John Key of the fifth anniversary of his government.
He gives him 7.5/10 and concludes:
Your choice is between John Key and Bill English with a few rag-tag minor right wing parties – or David Cunliffe and Russel Norman – with perhaps Winston Peters in tow.
Who do you trust?
To which a commenter answers:
Let’s not forget his development into a well respected leader in the region as the last APEC conference in Bali showed. And he’s the only Commonwealth leader to ever have been invited to Balmoral – surely that’s worth an extra point 🙂
Given all the challenges that have been thrown at Key over the past 5 years, easily a 9.5 out of 10. The answer to your last question is a no-brainer, Cunliffe and Norman in charge is a very scary prospect and when voters enter the booth in November 2014 I think in their hearts they’ll know Key and English are the people to trust. Key to win by a nose next year.
The outcome of next year’s election is very finely balanced.
Labour has more potential coalition partners but it’s still not very strong itself and the prospective of its possible partners in government may well put off more voters who might be considering voting for Labour.
National has fewer potential partners but is stronger itself.
A still weakened Labour with a strong (for a wee party) Green Party plus any or all of New Zealand First, Mana, the Maori Party and possibly Peter Dunne is a much more radical and less stable option than a strong National Party with two or three partners.
#gigatownoamaru is backing itself but welcomes support from anywhere to become the Southern Hemisphere’s first gigatown.