I was surprised to see this at the bottom of John Key’s press release on the English housing allowance scandal:
“The PM is overseas and is not available for interview.”
The Acting Prime Minister is going down in flames and the Prime Minister won’t be interviewed? What’s he up to?
Turns out, Key’s doing something he does well and frequently, taking an overseas holiday. This time, it’s Florida.
For those of you counting, this is the PM’s third holiday of the year, including the mini-break he had that just so happened to make him unavailable for Melissa Lee’s by-election humiliation, and the month in Hawaii as the economic crisis reached its peak. Now, with his government in crisis and unemployment still rising by several hundred a day, Key’s soaking up some sun.
He’s up to about five weeks so far this year. Kind of ironic when he’s planning to take away your fourth week’s annual leave.
Once more, Key reminds me of Bush – there’s the verbal gaffes, the inattention to detail and trouble with the big issues, the playing the clown, and Bush, “the vacation president”, averaged nine weeks a year on vacation.