Are we about to see an end to John Key's nice guy image?
His aggressive language towards teachers on the issue of National Standards suggests he's taken the gloves off and is ready to brawl.
Key may be hoping the shitfight to come can be spun as an assault on good parents by angry Labour-backed unionists. It's a gamble, though. If he is forced to back down he will appear weak. And even if he wins he may alienate many in the education sector. Despite what Key and his supporters may think, they don't all vote Labour - yet.
This may be a turning point in Key's leadership. And in Phil Goff's. If Labour can exploit this issue we may see a rise in Goff's popularity.
And isn't it a change to see some actual criticism of Government policy by those in the media? Key must have wondered when their eyes would finally open.