On Twitter today:

Patrick Gower @patrickgowernz
Just heard about Charles Chauvel’s nickname from his caucus enemies… Macchi-Chauvellian! #macchichauvellian

David Farrar @dpfdpf
I also heard they were having a farewell party for Charles – but for him, not with him :-)

‏Recess Monkey @recessmonkey_nz
Think you have just proved his point about some in Labour and the media!

Lliam Munro ‏@lrmunro
That seems generous.

Lliam Munro ‏@lrmunro
Machiavelli gave every indication of being highly competent.

There were obviously very mixed views about Chauvel’s capabilities, here is something else for some balance (from a lawyer and Labour party member):

Yep Charles will be missed. He was one of the few who could be given a bill understand the implications and organise a proper response. His particular skills were quite unique and he was always in demand.

Machiavellianism (or machiavellian mask) is, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “the employment of cunning and duplicity in statecraft or in general conduct”, deriving from the Italian Renaissance diplomat and writer Niccolò Machiavelli, who wrote Il Principe (The Prince) and other works. The word has a similar use in modern psychology where it describes one of the dark triad personalities, characterised by a duplicitous interpersonal style associated with cynical beliefs and pragmatic morality.

His works are sometimes even said to have contributed to the modern negative connotations of the words politics and politician, and it is sometimes thought that it is because of him that Old Nick became an English term for the Devil[27] and the adjective Machiavellian became a pejorative term describing someone who aims to deceive and manipulate others for personal advantage. Machiavellianism also remains a popular term used in speeches and journalism; while in psychology, it denotes a personality type.

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