Duncan Garner said something interesting during the Mt Albert by-election special: “I’ll tell you why John Key came back from overseas… He came back to get the t-shirt that says ‘I’ve been Prime Minister’.
It marries up with what failed National Party candidate Paul Henry said yesterday: “I have a slight nagging fear in the back of my mind that maybe John Key is tiring of it just a little bit. Maybe the excitement of being Prime Minister and running a country is wearing a bit thin.”
Earlier this year Key told Noelle McCarthy he was surprised how much work there was to being PM, basically ‘I thought it would just be signing off on things but you actually have to make lots of decisions every day’.
Now, he’s annoyed that journalists think the public should know why one of their government’s ministers was fired. His cutsie shtick that worked so well in opposition isn’t working now. Even his smart-arse comments in Parliament aren’t coming off anymore.
I geninuely think he didn’t realise how tough the job would be and the standards of accountablility a government is expected to live up to.
The guy looks worn out and sick of the job despite the fact he’s only been in the job for seven months and spent a month of that on the beach in Hawaii.