One of the biggest pratfalls for opposition attacks has been the economy. Labour can’t make any ground on this because for a majority of voters the economy has been fine, and unfortunately, children growing up in poverty can’t vote.
The opposition needs to stop trying to find a knockout scandal that’s going to bring down the government and focus on becoming a decent alternative. In 2016 there are tonnes of non-ponytail based embarrassments to attack the government on: child poverty, rising inequality, the high cost of housing and growing homelessness.
Stuff have filed Williams’ article under “entertainment”, but that’s not really that strange: it’s the court jester’s privilege to get away with saying far sharper and more insightful things than anyone else.