I’ve just listened to Key’s reply to the PM’s speech. I’m underwhelmed.
Instead of using it to promote any sort of policy platform it was a rehash of tired old phrases from the National Party linebook.
You’d think that having had the PM’s copy for over four hours that they’d be able to produce something a little more polished. Yet what we were treated to reminded me of the kind of thing you get when you put a bunch of people in a room and ask them to write something. Everyone puts in their little bit and you end up with crap.
It was a whole series of disjointed, unfunny jokes and metaphors with some management speak thrown in for good measure – something like: “We’ll be flexible in the implementation of our integrated health clinics” and something about a gramophone. Key was big on promises and (as usual) short on detail.
In terms of replies, Peters stole the show. He laid into Key, taunted the media, took a swipe at immigrants and mocked Burka Bob.
Key sat there chewing on his pen looking decidedly uncomfortable with only Bill English and Nathan Guy for company.
Perhaps it’s time for a new speechalist John?