John Key would have us believe that his jaunts on military planes and helicopters aren’t among the ‘nice to haves’ that Bill English says we’ll all have to learn to live without, but are essential to his ability to carry out his duties as Prime Minister. If that’s the case, then he won’t have any problem issuing a full list detailing his use of airforce planes and helicopters, including the important matters of state that he was attending to that justified their use.
Stuff reported last week that Key has used the helicopter four times in the past 3 weeks alone, including the now infamous trip from the V8 supercars to the golf club. So what were the other three trips? Looking on Key’s Facebook page, the possibilities are endless. Did he use Airforce helicopters to visit the Timaru skateboard park? Perhaps he used them to make a ‘cameo appearance’ at the NZ Shearing Champs in Te Kuiti?
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Or maybe it was the Young Nats Ball:
Hey, how’s the recovery package for the West Coast coming? Been waiting five months now. Guess Key’s been too busy.
Update: Today’s Dom has Key claiming he has used the Air Force helicopters only four times in total. No explanation with how that gels with him using them four times in the past three weeks. But Key also repeats the lie that he had to arrive at the golf dinner before the Governor-General, so I think we can take his words with a grain of salt.