Have you seen that fantastic picture of Shifty which has been doing the rounds? You know, the one where she's dressed in white and the shot was taken after she had sucked a lemon or seen the Roy Morgan poll or something.
I've seen hundreds of people like this in rest homes.
They sit around for hours, rocking back and forth, looking morose and suddenly for about ten seconds, there's a beaming smile as they imagine there is a photo opportunity, or a television camera close by.
I wonder whether any of the current front bench will ever visit her?
They'll sip their lattes and chardonnay and tell each other how sad it is. 'She's just not what she used to be. Funny, you know, I thought she was starting to lose her marbles in 2007. You know?'
Ashburton, 1 September 2014.
7 hours ago