I’ve just watched the first Question Time in 3 weeks.
After 3 weeks’ recess and lots of potentially juicy material to use, here I was expecting the Leader of Nats to come down to the House and stick the knife into Labour. But instead… what we got was a extraordinarily limp performance by John Key.
He still relies almost totally on questions pre-written on little cards by his advisors, meaning he can’t think on his feet and change his line of questioning based on the answers he is getting, as English can. His attacks fall flat when he returns to the script. This is really just as bad as Brash. His one trick (at least one that Brash could never pull off) is his predictable, pre-rehearsed, snarky one-liner for the media.
Today was particularly bad. I’d be embarrassed if I were Bill English. He stuttered, he was clearly just reading his questions, I thought his lines of attack were weak, then he sat down.
One more thought: Key has no credibility to speak as if he knows what the average Kiwi family is going through with higher fuel and food prices – ha, he’s just got off a plane from Hawaii after spending a good deal of the 3 week Parliamentary recess at his new holiday mansion in Maui. A tough life.
This is the guy who wants to be our PM because, well, just because. At least he took his Hawaiian shirt off before coming into the House.