A couple of days before it was surely all going to come out – very messily and very publicly – in the Dotcom court case, Key has revealed that his spies illegally spied on Kim Dotcom. But, beyond that, Key won’t tell us anything apart from that he signed no warrant for spying on Dotcom (such a warrant would have been illegal anyway). Watching the press conference, Key said ‘dunno’ in answer to 25 questions. It wasn’t that he knew and refused to say for security reasons, it was that he had chosen not to find out the answers so that he wouldn’t have to provide them.
This is too much like Key’s behaviour in the ongoing Banks.com affair. The Prime Minister is choosing ignorance to give him what Metiria Turei calls his “don’t read, don’t care” defence.
The problem with this pattern of Prime Ministerial behaviour is that it might get him out of PR trouble but PR isn’t the be all and end all of being Prime Minister. (I know, John, you don’t believe that – but it’s true). So, while it might be politically useful to be ignorant, how the hell can he actually govern like this?
As Key himself said: “Ignorance takes us nowhere”