Regular readers will remember that one of John Key’s excuses for he ‘we would love to see wages drop‘ quote was that the reporter had misquoted him. Now, Key has once again shown a disturbing trait of attributing his own mistakes to others.
When asked about the possibility of moving National’s tax cut programme forward from its 2010 start date in response to the likelihood Labour will have tax cuts in effect by October,
‘Key appeared confused about what he had already announced on the timing of tax cuts. He disputed he had said 2010 was the earliest tax cuts could take effect. Instead, he told the Star-Times last week: ‘We said that was the last date, so we obviously have got some flexibility.’ When reminded an August 2007 report in the Dominion Post quoted Key as saying 2010 was the earliest date for tax cuts, he said: She ‘must have the wrong date”.
It’s bad enough that the Leader of the Opposition can’t remember his positions on major issues (remember his bumbling on the Maori seats a few weeks back as well). It’s worse that he can’t face the fact when he gets it wrong and blames others instead because that suggests a deep-seated inability acknowledge his flaws and mistakes, and an unwillingness to take responsibility. These traits are relatively harmless for the country while he is in opposition but would be potentially disastrous if he were Prime Minister.
[hat-tip: Chris Hipkins]