Two news snippets yesterday seemed to me to capture the essence of John Key PM. The first:
Govt rejects ‘fairer’ pension scheme suggestions
The Prime Minister said he has “too much on his plate” to act on recommendations to make the pension scheme fairer.
This wasn’t the big, contentious stuff like raising the age of eligibility. Key is rejecting minor, sensible changes out of hand:
Now the Government has also rejected some smaller suggestions included in her report. “It’s disappointing because I thought the last three recommendations that we were waiting for an answer for, were about fairness,” Crossan said.
Too busy to take action? Can’t be bothered? Nice one John. On to the second example:
Quake insurance coming right – Key
The insurance situation in Christchurch will settle down and more companies are coming into the market, Prime Minister John Key says.
Any idea when it will “settle down” John? Want to put a time frame on that? Because I can tell you just from the examples that I know that insurance hassles are making life hell for people in Christchurch right here and now.
Mr Key said some people in Christchurch were able to get insurance but others were struggling.
“There are people coming into the market,” he said. “Lloyds of London put together a syndicate that insured a property the other day.
Really? Seriously? Lloyds of London, one of the biggest insurance companies in the world, has but together a syndicate that insured “a property” “the other day”? One? One property? And this is a sign that quake insurance is coming right?
Perhaps the best thing that John Key PM can do for NZ is go on another nice long holiday and let Bill English take over.