There's been a fair bit of talk in recent months about what effect our winning the Rugby World Cup would have on November's general election.
The conventional wisdom is that our winning the Cup would be good for National. We would all be deliriously happy and upbeat and would give that nice smiling Mr Key another turn.
I don't wish to make a prediction about what effect a win might have. But I have no doubt that a World Cup victory would be an enormous boost for the country.
Many of you will say that rugby just doesn't matter. But I disagree. For tens of thousands of New Zealanders the fact that our most worshipped sports team hasn't won the World Cup since 1987 is an abiding shame and a tremendous burden for us to keep carrying. A World Cup win would be an enormous thing for this country.
This creates a potential dilemma. If our winning the Cup means the
chances of National winning another term in office increase, would I then be justified as a Labour-supporter in cheering for another rugby team?
So ask yourself this: If, hypothetically you could either have the All Blacks as World Cup champions, or the government of your choice, but not both, which would you choose?