“..It’s hard to know if it was a cunning plan – or John Key was simply out of sorts –
– but his trademark humour and confidence were strangely absent in the first TVNZ leaders debate.
Anyone who has watched Key dominate the House during question time will wonder how that man turned into the subdued and unsmiling National leader who fronted up last night.
At times it looked like the political equivalent of Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope tactic –
– except there was no explosive counter-punch at the end..”
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