Summarised by Centrist
Writer Graham Adams says that Chris Luxon learned early on that the media were going to crucify him.
Ironically, the media’s determination to subject Luxon to a baptism of fire in his earliest days as leader has probably done him a favour as he shut down debate on several controversial topics just as soon as they appeared.
Adams writes that “As the newly elected Prime Minister, he will have no illusions about how relentless his second baptism of fire over Māori issues will be.”
Yet, perhaps a national debate, however divisive, is needed to sort out what sort of constitutional future might be best for New Zealand and that such matters lie properly within the remit of voters.
Adams says Luxon has every reason to look relaxed. His first few months in office have met with public approval.
Journalists will have to accept that Luxon is now the Prime Minister, and no longer someone they can try to push around.
“He’s wise to their tactics,” observes Adams.