It was a terrible error of judgment. They all make them, but the question was asked to her in clear terms, and she answered it unequivocally. She's been around long enough to see that coming, surely.
It was just bizarre tbh.
Generally though, I've been very disappointed in my side's failure to sell its message. Honestly, go OS and see how ****ed everything is. Not going through a recession has meant people haven't realised how good we have it here compared with other economies. Not saying it's all beer and skittles, but comparatively we've done well.
They should be out there pumping that line for all it's worth. It not only would help their economic credibility, it wouls also soften the impact of not delivering all they said they would.
I mean, how hard is it to say "Yeah, there are things we wanted to do but haven't, because we had to divert resources to stopping the joint going tits-up"?
FMD, these back-office ****s get paid too much. On both sides. Just sell a message ffs, it honestly isn't that hard to do.
That's where Keating and Costello had it - they could do what an old judge once told me is the key to effective advocacy - reduce the complex to the simple. Can't put too big an emphasis on how important that is.