Where’s Key?

Written By: - Date published: 11:39 am, November 30th, 2009 - 17 comments
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Brash’s taskforce releases its report today. Where’s Key? CHOGM ended yesterday but he’s not back until Wednesday.

Catching Aussie by 2025 is meant to be his big vision. He can’t get them to wait a couple of days or get back quicker?

We know this serious stuff isn’t really Key’s thing. But the fact that he’s not going to be here for release of this cornerstone report says something more. It’s just political theatre. About dragging the discourse rightwards.

Being overseas keeps him from being directly associated with the crazy things Brash will say.

Strawman Brash scares the public. Key comes back. Plays Mr Moderate. Public placated, relieved. Room to move to the right opened up.

17 comments on “Where’s Key?”

  1. Tim Ellis 1

    I understand the direct flight between Trinidad and Wellington was full.

    • Bright Red 1.1

      Why does the Brash Report have to come out today, Tim?

      It doesn’t. But it just so happens Key won’t be here. Fancy that.

      • Tigger 1.1.1

        Is Ellis joking?

        Nice post Z. Key is a fairweather PM – here for the parties and not for the clean up afterwards…

  2. andy 2

    No conspiracy at all, Jelly Key is having a pina colada at the pool bar. All that jetting about and networking, poor bloke needs a break.

    Or he is in hiding trying to shake off Audrey Young!

  3. randal 3

    somebody must have put some superglue in the lock he got stuck in.

  4. Tim Ellis 4

    All these conspiracy theories are a nice idea, except:

    1. When Mr Hide announced the taskforce he said their first report would be in November (and this is the last day of November)
    2. Former Labour Finance Minister David Caygill is on the taskforce.

  5. Pascal's bookie 5

    Former labour finance minister Roger Douglas is in ACT. Whoopididty shit.

  6. Tim Ellis 6

    PB, you may not have noticed that the last Labour Government appointed Mr Caygill to do a ministerial inquiry into electricity, then to chair the electricity commission, EECA, and deputy chair of the commerce commission.

    • Pascal's bookie 6.1

      So? You may not have noticed that the last Labour govt was hardly a hot bed of radical leftism.

  7. Jim McDonald 7

    How much did the Brash Taskforce cost? Adding more expense to the bureaucracy? OIA anyone?
    What’s the point of setting it up, ruling out before it reports and then putting on an Act of playing coy and hesitant? There should be a cap on these set-ups.
    Taxpayers should be asking for their money back.

    • fizzleplug 7.1

      I’d love my tax dollars back from the train set purchase too, but neither is going to happen.

  8. BLiP 8

    SIx weeks on Hawaii, two weeks in China, a week in the US, a week in the Caribbean and lets not forget the long weekend at Huka Lodge – not a bad perks for a full time job. What does he do, again?

    • Tim Ellis 8.1

      He is the most popular prime minister in the most popular government in living memory. Not bad for a part timer. How’s the other guy doing?

  9. Santi 9

    Rumour has it Key is in Mexico undergoing an advanced treatment to grow balls. He needs it.

  10. SHG 10

    John Key’s probably leaving the floor to Phil Goff. Right now Goff’s doing more for National than anyone else.

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