John Key has claimed that he doesn’t turn down many interview requests – but he turned down another one from Morning Report this morning. In fact you can count on one hand the number of times he has appeared on Morning Report in each of the last 2 years. That’d be about the same amount of times he’s requested to be on Morning Report in an average 2 weeks – the PM is routinely asked to comment on many things.
His refusing to front on the Budget this year was possibly unprecedented. Now his office apparently doesn’t even do the courtesy of a refusal phone call to some Radio NZ interview requests.
Whilst always avoiding the public accountability of NatRad since coming into office, he did at least used to front on various private (generally friendly) stations. Now that has slowly fallen away. His post-cabinet press conference and soft soap weekly Breakfast interview are all the public accountability he needs now apparently. Which made the Paul Henry-Anand Satyanand debacle all the more telling. He couldn’t even get right what little media questioning he does do.
It seems that John Key has decided to adopt the old saying “Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies” – no doubt wishing if only no-one had asked him about media requests, or whether GST would rise, or…