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The entertainer

Written By: - Date published: 3:55 pm, September 21st, 2009 - 20 comments
Categories: humour, john key - Tags:

It’s kind of funny how in a year we’ve gone from expecting a Prime Minister to be hugely competent and across the details to being used to having a dude who everyone knows is just an actor, playing the part.

The other week, Henry told Key that his coming appearance on The Letterman Show is “a good gig”.

Today, the Herald has “US Ready For The John Key Show”.

So what’s your favourite Key routine?

  • The pantomime schtick where he tells the audience there’s no money and we have to take lower public services while pretending not to notice when we yell out that the rest of his cast have their snouts in the trough?
  • The juggling – keeping the Maori Party’s hopes up while dropping his promises to them one by one?
  • The Arkwright-esque verbal follies?
  • Or the Charlie Chaplin act on the international stage?

20 comments on “The entertainer ”

  1. Rob A 1

    My vote is for his handling of the Maori party, tho it seems that they have made it easy for him and blindly walked into a lose lose situation. The next election will be very interesting in the Maori seats and I wouldn’t be suprised if Labour make a big comeback unless JK gives The MP something big.

    • Ianmac 1.1

      Though it seems that the conflicting messages about the “rewards” offered to the MP may come home to roost because the MP has only promised to support the ETS to Select Committee – haven’t they?

  2. gobsmacked 2

    The cultural cringe is alive and well. It’s like a primary school field trip.

    What I did in New York by John Key, aged 8 and three quarters.

    “Can I ring the bell in Wall Street, sir? Aw, please, you said I could!”

  3. coge 3

    My favourite Key routine, was when he popped out of the house for five minutes. When he returned Helen beat a hasty retreat. If you saw it, you will know what I’m talking about.

  4. Oh Please, plenty of world leaders go on these types of shows, its nothing to get upset about.

  5. gobsmacked:

    Considering Key made $50 million, they might let him ring the bell.

    • logie97 5.1

      Brett, funny you should bring that subject up…

      I believe the U.S. administration is seriously looking into how
      finance institutions pay their employees. Apparently they want
      to stop the high bonus payments paid to employees who make
      their fortunes on investment profits… now I wonder how our
      very wealthy P.M. managed to make his fortune. Was it high-risk investments like this?

      http://ca.news.finance.yahoo.com/s/18092009/24/f-afp-fed-plans-approve-banking-salaries-report.html

    • Armchair Critic 5.2

      Good one Brett. You can take your lips off his butt now. He is an ex-money trader, FFS, there are five year olds with lego sets out there that have MADE more than JK.
      Perhaps the productivity commissioner will tell us how much JK ever made, as opposed to how much he was paid.

  6. Bill 6

    If only NZ had a PM with even a smidging of the political nonce and moral integrity of a Charlie Chaplin.

  7. Cal 7

    What’s the bet they have to put sub-titles on him

  8. henry olongo 8

    Bill you need to familiarise yourself with the definition of ‘nonce’ & predilictions of Charlie Chaplin!

    • Bill 8.1

      oops. and so not for the first time a word or term whose meaning I felt secure about has been blown apart by the interweb. I was confident it pertained to common sense or intelligence but the closest I can find is an abbreviation of nonsense! Can’t win.

      It’s an aside, but I wonder how much diversity of language across geographical location is being lost because of this technology.

      • Maynard J 8.1.1

        Political nous, my friend.

      • Bill 8.1.2

        And then I looked up one of those old fashioned book thingies ( 1987 Thesaurus) and nonce acquires more numerous meanings including (almost!) what I thought it meant but no references to sexual offenders.

        But language moves and my brain fades as it clings to past anchors….

  9. bobo 9

    Would be class if he has to read out ” the top 10 reasons to visit Australia “

  10. Rakaia George 10

    Bill- the word you were looking for is “nouse”…what a difference one inverted letter makes…

    BTW – nouse does approximate to intelligence, but it’s impossible to have if you don’t come from Yorkshire.

  11. Bill 11

    Maynard and R. George, I am obviously lacking on the Yorkshire but not on the pudding…

  12. So Bored 12

    Must be great being Jonkey, he gets to play the role of “soundclip” with absolutely no effort, it is the essence of his whole being.

  13. BLiP 13

    Spot on!

  14. rod 14

    John Key’s best routine can be seen daily on Prime News.

    The One Man Band Show.

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