Twice in the last few days he’s made nasty digs at senior Labour MPs’ personal lives – something National has previously been very sensitive about – and when challenged his response has been to try and duck responsibility.
It began on Tuesday when Key dragged Michael Cullen’s wife into the debate over her support for Russell Fairbrother’s Napier candidacy in 2002.
Then yesterday Key thought it was a good idea to refer to Darren Hughes as ‘the son Helen Clark never had” – a clear dig at the fact Helen Clark never had children, and a long-time obsession of the National Party right.
When challenged by Cullen over his scumbag behaviour, Key fled for cover by blaming something he thought he’d read in the Independent, then complained that Cullen hates rich people.
We’re starting to see a pattern here.
It’s always someone else’s fault with John Key. ‘I thought I read that in the paper” ‘It was the production company’s fault” ‘I was technically right.” “I was answering a different question.” “I’ve always believed in climate change.”
Is this man capable of taking personal responsibility for anything?