When they’re struggling to defend Bill English’s housing rip-off, or John Key’s clowning, or Richard Worth’s dodgy dealings, or Anne Tolley’s incompetence, or Paula Bennett’s bullying, righties will still often try to deflect by recalling the time the car Helen Clark was in sped in Canterbury. Speeder-gate remains one of the worst things idealogs of the right can try to blame on Clark.
So, I can’t help but smile that Key’s already had his own speeder-gate, with his motorcade travelling at up to twice the speed limit on narrow Samoan roads so that Key could have a shower.
Don’t worry, dear righties, I’m not going to play the wowser and try to play this into some huge scandal – that’s more your guys’ style.
If you’ve been to the islands, particularly when some official event is on, you’ll have seen that’s how official vechicles drive – as fast as they can, and often straight down the middle of narrow, two-way roads. It’s a display of authority and power.
Still, now that Key’s had his own speeder-gate maybe we can all move on.