The somewhat irregular and frequently misguided Chris Trotter occasionally hits it on-the-head. Today’s Sunday Star Times has Trotter running over John Key’s inability to take the heat when it comes to hard questioning. And he further notes that National will be concerned that their man will not stand up to the debates later in the year with Helen Clark.
Trotter is, in my view merely observing the obvious, but it’s a point worth making now. John Key is really a â€˜show pony’ for the National Party and a mask to its pernicious agendas to take
Key comes from the world of international finance and money trading. It’s a poker-playing world of dogged self-interest, opportunism and hard questions lots of questions. Key’s approach would have been to ask enough questions of the market to ensure that there would always be enough â€˜yeses’ to make lots of money for him and his masters. How does that work now that Key is hoping to put â€˜Prime Minister of
Frankly the Labour government and the media have not asked enough of Key, so now is the time to do it. He’s presented a glossy version of his CV so if we, as potential employers of a Prime Minister, want him for the job, we’d better be certain he can handle it. Why is he glibly bagging the Fast Forward innovation initiative; why did he â€˜accidentally’ say he’d hope wages will fall; why did he really want us to go into
I think that the electorate deserves some answers to these questions after all we need to employ a government and leader before the year is over.
Here’s an idea from this Standard contributor Helen Clark and John Key publicly debate the major issues early in 2008. Why wait until later? The government will likely say that it should keep its powder dry for later, but that will simply suit Key down to the ground. Labour’s powder is already soaking in sweet smelling honey from the Key charm machine and of course he is avoiding facing the stiffer questions for as long as possible.
But hey, the debate idea is an idle challenge. Labour won’t want it yet and John Key would refuse to accept the offer anyway, so everyone is playing safe! In the meantime, The Standard will keep asking questions.