Watching the Three Amigos attempting to pull together a coherent government certainly has its funny side. The mad dash for Wellington Airport that followed the news that “Winston’s gone home!” set a new benchmark in real-life political comedy. It did not, however, seem quite so funny the next morning. As the country’s better cartoonists were not slow to illustrate, the entire incident revealed the Prime Minister Presumptive of New Zealand to be an inexperienced numpty.
Christopher Luxon’s problem is that he has had too little time to firmly establish himself as the undisputed leader of the New Zealand Right. Indeed, nothing he has said or done has left more than the faintest impression in the soft clay of our politics. The contrast with John Key, Luxon’s long-term backer and supposed mentor, could hardly be starker.
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