…all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time, said Abraham Lincoln. John Key appears to be learning that lesson the hard way, much as Brash did with the Brethren.
The PM once referred to Key as “insubstantial”. A growing number in the media seem to be coming to the same conclusion.
First it was Braunias a few weeks back writing of his interview with Key: “it wasn’t as simple as thinking that the lights were on but no one was home. It was more the case that he was in there, somewhere, but there were no lights on…”
Now Colin Espiner is giving Key the scrutiny he deserves. On Key’s outrageous claim that “the Iraq war is over”:
At the very least Key’s comments were insensitive; at worst they betrayed a surprisingly slippery grasp of foreign affairs.
Suddenly, National doesn’t seem to know what it stands for or what its policies and principles are. Key has gone from sure-footed and confident to bumbling, shifty, and evasive in a matter of days.
Here’s his full post.