If - as the participants keep insisting - this election is
really about ''the things that matter'', then the question of
which of the two major parties has the economic agenda with
the most foresight would be dominating the campaign.
One question - and one question only - lingers like flashing
neon on a moonless night as the Nicky Hager-instigated
political firestorm of the last 10 days finally seems to be
burning itself out, if only gradually.
The tirade of insults, invective and scorn directed at Nicky
Hager must rank as one of the most sustained efforts by
National to destroy an individual's credibility since the
party's political witch trials of the Muldoon era.