Am I the only one that finds this comment from one Linda Burgess sad?:
Most bizarre footage of the night was the arrival of our prime
minister-elect at election HQ. For five minutes or so what we got was a
group of The Sopranos – Uncle Junior lookalikes in rumpled suits
looking as if they were doing a deeply uncoordinated square dance.
They shambled slowly forward. Trapped in the middle of them, unsure
when to Do-si Do, was an understandably embarrassed-looking Mr Key –
surely even he knew this was his Obama fantasy taken to ludicrous
They certainly didn't look like a family of extroverts who have done it all before. They looked dreadfully normal, a bit like any family you might meet wandering around the neighbourhood. How wonderful.
But the night was Miss Clark's. Here was someone who has been mocked
for being childless, surrounded by her family – her parents, sisters, a
line-up of adoring and exquisite nieces. She looked tired, she knew it
was over, and with total graciousness she told us she was resigning as
leader of the Labour Party.
In terms of facial expressions it was striking how similar the Labour and National background people were.
Helen Clark's speech was anything but gracious. Our group were singularly unimpressed, particularly after Mr Peters had done such a wonderful speech, and particularly with her nasty comment about right wing people undoing all her work. She mentioned Mr Key only once and never said anything nice about him.
For the record, 'gracious' is when you congratulate your opponent, talk a bit about his good side and how he has New Zealand's future at heart just with a different take on it, muse about the future of the country under the new leader, and wish him the very best of luck. Listen to John McCain's speech for a few ideas.
There's a lot we don't know yet. But what we should know is that for the past nine years we have been served by a very fine person indeed. An exceptional prime minister.
Many would agree. In fact, few would disagree with that now that she is gone. Let's give Mr Key a chance though, just for a few weeks. He obviously has some clue, right?