Red Alert

John Key ain’t no statesman

Posted by on August 16th, 2011

Trevor Mallard got tossed out of the House this afternoon for calling John Key a chicken. It was probably a fair call on Lockwood’s part, it wasn’t a particularly dignified remark, but nor was the behaviour from the PM that prompted it.

Labour set down several questions to the PM on young people today. Key transferred the one from Phil Goff to Paula Bennett. He couldn’t do that for a subsequent question lodged by Annette King though, so Phil and Annette basically swapped. Annette asked the question to Bennett, while Goff sought to ask the question of the PM.

However, our PM has clearly decided that answering questions from the Leader of the Opposition is beneath him, so he simply walked out of the debating chamber, leaving Bennett to answer on his behalf. Whatever took him away clearly can’t have lasted long, because he returned later to answer questions from other members.

Pretty poor form for the PM to duck answering questions about his own comments.

24 Responses to “John Key ain’t no statesman”

  1. Spud says:

    Man Trevor quacks me up! 😀 😀 😀 !

  2. Adolf Fiinkensein says:

    Young man, as you get older you will realise it is not wise to use the phrase “…poor form for the PM to duck answering questions…” at the same time as your Mallard is being put outside the chook run by Mr Speaker.

  3. Grendel says:

    Banned. Clare

  4. Nick K says:

    Oh diddums!

  5. Curious says:

    Sounds like Lockwood was getting right browned off with you naughty kids – oops, I mean politicians.

  6. Troy says:

    Diddums, swings and roundabouts young fella – don’t sweat the small stuff, it’ll immerse and drown ya.

  7. marsman says:

    John Key is poor form personified. [much as I may sympathise with your comment, that’s a bit too personal – chris]. Poor form indeed.

  8. jennifer says:

    Key’s behaviour is simply the normal arrogance of any ‘born to rule’ Tory PM. Bolger was the same. So was Shipley. So was Muldoon. In fact, Key is behaving more like Muldoon as every day passes. Muldoon was also a master of the dog whistle mustering ‘Rob’s Mob’ into the polling booths. Nothing was off limits. The deep flaws of his character and his addiction to raw power got him in the end, just as it will eventually with Key.

  9. Oldlogger says:


    “born to rule Tory MP”

    In a state house to a solo mum?

    get a grip Jennifer

  10. True Wheel says:

    @ Oldlog: Kids have minimal say over where they are born and raised. Adults, particularly politicians have a lot of say later in life. Shonkey is a classic “ladder puller”. Putting the slipper into solo parents and state house tenants and would be tenants shows his true position in life.

  11. David H says:

    My god why do people still want to vote for him??. His arrogance is astounding. But it must start to play on his keepers and voters mind’s, that he thinks he’s too good to do his democratically voted for duties then he should resign.

  12. Akldnut says:

    @ Oldlog: get real – “Born to rule” is just a phrase alluding to a mindset/characteristic that certain people have that is predominante IMO to tories, hence the tag.

  13. jennifer says:

    @ Oldlogger, relax, the deep flaws of his character and his addiction to raw power will get him in the end. Always does with such people.

  14. Gregor W says:

    @ jennifer

    Really? Didn’t seem to do HC any harm 😉

  15. oldlogger says:

    @ Jennifer
    “the deep flaws of his etc etc etc”
    Yup, 3 or 4 terms before he chooses another career.
    Remind you of anyone?
    btw. I read that Helens mum has passed. My thoughts with her today.

  16. ehoa says:

    There is something being forgotten in all of this…kids. Now they’re being exploited for political purpose with all the carping and carrying on in the house. And still they don’t have voice.
    Labour should be driving home the message:
    “Key doesn’t care about kids (unless they’re his).”
    Case-in -point: where is Aroha Ireland from McGechan Close today?

  17. Daz says:

    So the chicken ducked?
    Must have bird flew.

  18. Paddy M says:

    Born to rule- John Key
    born a fool- trevor Mallard

  19. indiana says:

    Can a Statesman also be measured by the number of times he has been kicked out of the house?

  20. bbfloyd says:

    i suppose i should be heartened by the childish, nasty responses i’m having to wade through to get to the relevant comments. i’m hearing the click, click, click of empty magazines…

    but the reality is that this continuation of the time honored t##d throwing displays, that modern politics has been fashioned after, is still the dominant viewpoint, according to guy the poodle,”nee the fourth column.”

    if key really is a reflection of nz society’s thinking, then we are in serious doodoo.

  21. Galeandra says:

    What bbfloyd said. However, Labour’s perceived Key obsession (‘Chicken!’ anyone?) represents a failure to focus on policy in many people’s opinion. It has cost NZ a genuine election cycle, this year imho. Is it that some near the centre of Labour would rather see a Goff-led loss than have to front up and risk being blamed, themselves?

  22. Sean says:

    The Prime Minister’s job includes facing up in the House to the question that are put to him.

    John Key didn’t do this part of his job yesterday. A poor performance from the Prime Minister.

  23. Curious says:

    @ Galeandra

    That’s exactly what I have said in a previous post. Who would want the helm at this moment in time?Phil is taking one for the team.

  24. tracey says:

    This is not surprising for a government that has historic levels or urgency in the House as a method of democracy and a record avoidance under the Official Information Act. Yup accountable and transparent, that’s what the PM promised us in 2008. Along with a promise to exceed the standards he claimed of the previous Government.