John Key is clearly missing Kevin Taylor, his chief spin doctor. When Taylor is around, Key is â€˜Mr Teflon’ but, with Taylor on holiday at the moment, we have seen the real Key: uninformed, incoherent, inconsistent, â€˜Slippery John’.
John Key, it must be remembered, is a media creation, a creature of pure spin, whose job is to get back power for National at any cost. With no principles to guide his positions on issues, he needs to constantly find a line that will appeal to the public, while not pissing off National’s big business base. Doing that without looking slippery requires the skill of a Kevin Taylor.
Without Taylor pulling his strings this week, Key has flailed disastrously. Even his speeches, which Taylor usually packs with good lines, have suffered. The best Key could muster by himself was ‘more chance of finding Mr Whippy on Mars than a Labour MP in a Maori seat’. Poor.
If this is Key left to his own devices as National Leader, just imagine what it would be like if he was Prime Minister and had to make real decisions with real consequences.