Back in 2008 The Standard put readers’ questions to party leaders and then asked those leaders to write a post answering them. To their credit most leaders were happy to provide us with a guest post. Winston politely declined and John Key refused to reply despite multiple emails and phone calls (Kevin, if you’re reading this we’re still keen to hear from your boss).
Fortunately it looks like we’ve got another chance to put some questions to Key. The Taranaki Daily News is hosting him this coming Tuesday and offering readers the chance to ask their questions either on the night or via an email or letter to the paper.
This is the third Fairfax-hosted event for the PM, there’s previously been one run by the Press and one by the Timaru herald. Of course it’s a little dodgy to have an independent newspaper hosting a political leader and of course the only reason Key is there is to help a lame-duck MP get some profile but to quote the Naki News editor:
I think the media should be proactive in ensuring the community is both well informed and has an opportunity to enter into debates beyond the letters to the editor column.
I heartily agree.
That’s why I think it’s important that we, the community, get together and help the Naki News ask John Key the hard questions.
You can email them to email@example.com and we’d really appreciate it if you copied your question (and any response you get from the TDN) into the comments.
And of course if you’re in the Naki on Tuesday night please try to get along to ask John the hard questions in person. the details for the event are:
Venue: TSB Showplace
Date: Tuesday May 31
We’ll try to get a video camera along so you can watch Key answer your questions but we’re making no promises.