John Key in person is extremely amiable; talking to him face to face, it’s hard not to like the bugger.
I guess that he hasn’t lost any of that magic on his holiday. How else could one explain John Armstrong’s piece in the Herald today? The guy sounds like he’s in love. All it takes is one press conference and a few of those legendary grins and Armstrong is enthralled. Gone any demands for actual action, Johnny’s words and smiles are enough.
It’s the little words that give you away, John. Key is ‘intutive’, ‘he knows’, ‘he knows’, he is ‘adriot’, he ‘pre-empts’ he uses ‘strategy’ to keep ‘momentum’. Critics are ‘rubbished’, they use ‘propaganda’ for a ‘minor’ victory.
I particularly love this passage as Armstrong contorts himself to insist that actual results don’t matter in the slightest:
“Having called the [ministerial] meeting, however, the Government has risked expectations of what might emerge from it being raised too high.
Key yesterday pre-empted that possibility by announcing that an employment summit will be held next month. Just what such a summit might achieve is a moot point. However, the announcement has taken some of the heat off today’s meeting.”
Phew, thank goodness Key has masterfully ‘pre-empted’ any expectations of his government doing anything about the recession by announcing a do-nothing talk-fest. I can feel the economy growing already.
This passage of pure Key-boosting nonsense comes a close second:
“Prime Ministers don’t really go on holiday, but the time away has allowed Key to reset his priorities, although circumstances are largely setting them for him”
Has Key reset his priorities? (He hasn’t said so). If he has four weeks in Hawaii the way to do that? (no other major leader has felt four weeks off was the best way to handle the crisis)…. Oh wait, he’s not setting his priorities after all.
I can’t wait for the next Armstrong article in which Key ‘brilliantly’ deflects criticism of his government not doing anything about the recession by reminding us that Labour was going to take away our lightbulbs.
If you had any hopes that our political commentators might be a little more focused on substance and a little less besotted with Key’s empty style this year than last, Armstrong has probably put them to rest.