John Key’s performance at this afternoon’s 4pm Press Conference was impressive. I’ve never heard so many, ‘don’t knows’, denials, ‘I can’t tell yous’, prevarications and equivocations in a press conference before. You wonder why he bothered to even turn up, he could’ve just sent along a billboard with ‘No Comment’ on it for all the informational content of what came out of his mouth. The looks he gave were none too reassuring either, nor was his very abrupt flounce-out at the end.
Of course Key had to appear, to prevent the latest Supershity non-announcement meltdown growing even bigger (apparently it’s an important decision and they don’t want to rush it 🙄 ), the Rankin meltdown growing even bigger, the pig industry meltown growing even bigger, the Don Brash’s mysterious emails meltdown getting even bigger.
Lots of fires for Mr Key to fight and very little information from him to fill the media vacuum – even less evidence of National having any control over the political news agenda (which is what a PM’s presser is actually meant to achieve). Meanwhile the Press Gallery are sounding ever more frustrated and incredulous, which can only be a bad sign for a government that’s all of 6 months in to its first term.
Perhaps Key will take a leaf out of Jenny Shipley’s book and cancel them altogether?