Christchurch is such a disaster that it required the suspension of democracy across the country for 18 months.
But everything’s OK enough for Key to take a week in Hawaii.
And the Social Development Minister is still able to go off on a ‘study’ holiday in the US for a few weeks.
And Gerry Brownlee, who needed all those powers to rush through laws, has spare time to intervene in The Hobbit dispute.
And the 3 top Christchurch City Council executives who had last week off, including the CEO who needed a week to go to the NRL final.
Funny kind of disaster, where senior ministers and executives can still take time off. Maybe we could have kept our democracy after all?