Interesting John Key interview / backrub on RadioLive this afternoon (ht idelgus in comments). No transcript or other reporting that I know of, but you can find it at the RadioLive audio section for today, segments starting 12:15 (especially 8 min in and 11 min) and 12:30pm. (Update: Coverage at Stuff, from BM in comments.)
Key says that he needs to change what he does, and he won’t be answering questions about his past actions any more, unless they are written in advance.
“There will be no more answering of questions straight away, if I need to get details.” (12:15 clip 11min)
Some on Twitter have interpreted this to mean that he won’t answer interview questions either, but as far as I can tell the comments referred to question time in Parliament.
Brain fades – yeah right. Clearly Key feels that he’s getting caught out too often, his lying is really starting to damage him, and he needs time to get his story straight in future. I don’t recall any previous PM refusing to answer questions live, and this will be a massive abdication of accountability on the part of a petulant and defensive Key.
If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
— Mark Twain