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Steve Maharey: National's self-inflicted wounds

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• Steve Maharey was a minister in the previous Labour Government.

Amidst the twists and turns of the improbable election campaign, somehow Monty Python seems relevant. In particular, the Black Knight scene from the The Holy Grail.

To refresh baby boomer memories and inform the "new generation", King Arthur arrives at a bridge protected by the supposedly invincible Black Knight. Arthur is impressed by the skills of the Black Knight and offers him a place at Camelot. He is refused and a fight ensues.

One by one, Arthur slices off the limbs of the Black Knight who will not give in. The scene ends with Arthur crossing the bridge while a limbless Black Knight shouts for him to come back and fight (it's comedy).

The election campaign has not reached its final scene, but if King Arthur is Jacinda Ardern and the Black Knight is Bill English we are getting there - limb by limb.

Flashback. At the end of last year, National Party leader John Key said he had "no gas left in the tank" and resigned as Prime Minister. He was replaced by Bill English who led the........

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