Did he ever have it?

Labour reckons they have lost respect for the Prime Minister…but did he ever have their respect?

Prime Minister John Key “acted like a clown” when he accused the opposition of “backing the rapists”, Labour deputy leader Annette King says.

Key caused uproar at Parliament when he said on Tuesday that the Labour Party was supporting rapists, murderers and child molesters among Kiwi detainees at Australia’s Christmas Island detention centre.

A number of female MPs from the opposition staged a protest and walkout against Key and Speaker David Carter on Wednesday, after Carter said he had not heard the original comment and was therefore powerless to make Key apologise.

King told TV3’s Paul Henry she supported her colleagues who had walked out and denied that opposition MPs had over-reacted to Key’s remarks.

“You had to be there in the heat of the chamber, where passions were high.”

However, National MP Judith Collins said Parliament had a “robust debating chamber”, and MPs who walked out would not be looked on favourably by some of the public.

“If you want to go walk out, understand that the public are going to view it in one of two ways: one, they’ll agree with you, or the second one, they’ll say, ‘We’re paying your wages, let’s get back to work’.”

Collins said the second, premeditated walkout on Wednesday may also have undermined respect for Parliament.

“it’s a tough place, and when it’s [the walkout] staged like that, and it was clearly staged, it loses some of its power.”

It was orchestrated, ill conceived and poorly executed, and now it has backfired on the opposition they are busily doubling down on their lunacy.

Annette King really shouldn’t comment either since it was from her house a young lad bolted naked to get away from a Labour MP. She has maintained her silence on the issue, but since we are talking about victims of sexual assault perhaps she might like to enlighten us as to what went on back then and why it was that Darren Hughes resigned and quickly left the country while Labour MPs were smearing a kid with the press gallery.

[Collins] defended Key’s comments, saying he had been upset by Labour MP Kelvin Davis confronting him outside the debating chamber.

“If we’d done that to Helen Clark, all hell would have broken loose…Kelvin Davis might not like the prime minister, but the fact is, he is the prime minister, and everybody in that position deserves some respect.

“That’s about respect for Parliament, for the people who voted him in, and also for the Speaker.”

However, King said Key’s behaviour did not deserve the respect of the opposition.

“You earn respect, and you don’t get respect if you act like a clown. This week, in my view, the prime minister acted like a clown.”

Labour have never respected John Key. They sent staff to Australia to dig into his past, they’ve tried all sorts of labels to get them to stick, their supporters call him ShonKey and other worse names. Now they are trying to claim some sort of moral high ground despite the fact that Labour was and still is supporting the rights of hardened criminals.

They have never had respect for John Key so I doubt he lost what he never enjoyed.


– Fairfax

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