1. John Key: This year has finished him. His evasiveness over Kim Dotcom, his shonkiness over the SkyCity casino deal to give more pokies for a convention centre, his weakness managing his ministers and his forgetfulness on details of his job is starting to form real doubts that he's on top of his job. We like nice guys but we expect them to know what they're doing. This is the year he became a two-term prime minister.
And yet in the same issue of the Herald on Sunday, they run the results of the Key Research/Herald poll. In addition to showing National with a clear advantage over a Labour/Green alliance, and NZ First missing out altogether, the HoS reveals:
Prime Minister John Key continues to enjoy unmatched favour in the Key Research- Herald on Sunday poll: 59.8 per cent of eligible voters nominate him their preferred leader.
Yes, dear readers. Support for John Key as Prime Minister is as strong as ever, even though he has had a bugger of a year. National's support in the HoS poll was a whisker under 47%, so large numbers of Green, Labour and NZ First voters prefer Key ahead of anything that their own parties can offer up.
So here's our end-of-year advice to Matt McCarten; don't give up your day job, and concentrate on the important things, like paying your tax on time. If being supported by almost 60% of the country "has finished him", what does that say for either of Labour's Davids, Russel Norman, Metiria Turei or Winston Peters?