Sean Plunket “Most commentators say you’re leadership style has been one that has sought to avoid personal attacks and name calling”
John Key “Well, I don’t think that [personal attacks and name calling] get you anywhere”
Parliament yesterday (just examples from one day)
Key “I guess the difference between me and the Minister of Finance and Phil Goff and the Labour Party is that I agree with the Minister of Finance and the Labour Party does not agree with Phil Goff.”
Key “If anyone needs a public relations consultant it is Phil Goff, but we will come back to that in a moment.”
Key “I find it a bit amusing that the only people who seem to be pleased when unemployment goes up are Labour members. I know that one or two of them are very focused on their employment at the moment”
Key is allowed to do this every time while other MPs, especially Labour MPs and ministers Lockwood Smith doesn’t like are pulled up. Perhaps its because he sucks up to Smith:
“Mr Speaker, or possibly I should say ‘Mr 9.25 Percent’, yesâ€”[Interruption ] Maybe it should have been 10 percent.” [Key is refering to Smith’s 9.25 out of 10 rating by the Trans-Tasman, a little concerning that he thinks 9.25 out of 10 is “9.25%”].
In some ways, it’s no big deal. The fact that Key has to resort to these petty personal attacks shows he has no real answers to serious questions. But it does make a lie of the claim that Key is above this stuff.
Just while I’m on Key’s answers to questions yesterday, this one is worth noting:
Goff “Is the 2025 Taskforce public relations consultant, Matthew Hooton, correct when he states that John Key’s office had leaked the report to Television New Zealand (TVNZ) before it was released, so that it could be dismissed before anybody had the chance to read it; if so, does he make it his regular practice to leak embarrassing documents about Rodney Hide?”
Key “… I can utterly refute those accusations. I was in Trinidad. The question was asked of me by the media who were there. No information was passed by my office to any media outlet.”
Goff “If he categorically denies the truth of the Matthew Hooton statement that his office had leaked the report to TVNZ, will he also categorically deny that his office leaked information to the media about Rodney Hide’s trip with his girlfriend to Hawaii?”
Key “Yes, I categorically deny that.”
Labour must have something up their sleeves.