It is, perhaps, the greatest achievement of John Key’s first term in government that the breakdown in social cohesion that Rob Campbell feared and which we have just witnessed on the streets of England has not taken place on our own.
For this the prime minister merits high praise.
What kept us together was his inspired decision to bring the Maori Party into his government. Had he not done so: had he simply relied on National’s natural allies in ACT; things could have been very different. The Maori seats, for example, would have been slated for abolition. This move, alone, threatening as it did the very existence of the Maori Party (and leaving them with dangerously little to lose) would have tested New Zealand’s social cohesion to breaking-point. Serious political disturbances up to and including terrorist violence could very easily have torn this country apart.
Simply for sparing us that terrible scenario, Mr Key deserves a second term.
I never thought I would see the day where Chris Trotter endorsed a National Prime Minister for re-election.