Out of control?

The Opposition seems to think that John Key getting booted from the house is him being out of control.

Prime Minister John Key’s nickname for Labour’s Andrew Little is “Angry Andy” but it was Little who got to accuse the PM of being “out of control” today.

Mr Key was kicked out of Parliament by the Speaker for the first time since becoming PM for banging on after the Speaker had told him to sit down and shut up.

Key was answering a question from Green co-leader James Shaw, who had demanded Key apologise for bringing Greenpeace and Amnesty into the debate around Panama Papers. Key had used them the day before by way of arguing that simply being named in the papers did not mean someone was evil. Key was sticking his ground, saying he was correct – the groups were named. Shaw was arguing that was only because they had been used for sham trusts without their knowledge.  

Key had been warned repeatedly about adding unnecessary political jabs to his answers and the Speaker, with good reason, gleaned he was heading into one when Key started talking about something Shaw had done “on Saturday night.”

Key later claimed he had not seen or heard the Speaker. The excess of enthusiasm that resulted in Key’s march out was more because he was cockahoop than out of control. The reason for his delight was twofold. First was relief that nothing of great surprise had sprung out of what had been billed as a Pandora’s Box of scandals, the Panama Papers. Second was that only two days in, the main line from the Greens was to be bickering over verbal semantics about his comments on Greenpeace rather than attacking the Government. Key later claimed he had even seen the Speaker calling him to order. Little and Shaw later argued Key had engineered it to distract from the issues around the Panama Papers. If so, mission accomplished. The pair spent five minutes talking about how shameful and out of control Key was, with only brief mentions of the issue they claimed Key was trying to distract them from.

Helen Clark was the last PM booted from the house, Winston Peters is booted almost every week, were they out of control too?

More likely the problem is that John Key is in total control in the house. He is openly derisive of Labour’s attempts to smear him, puts Little back in his bottle every question time and slays anyone else who wants a crack.

Key commands the house. And the opposition are powerless to stop him.

Moaning that John Key is out of control and carping on about being out of control shows Little is just a child.

Our commenters have had a field day. Macca says:

Of course the media are making a huge song and dance over this in yet another attempt to besmirch John Key. What they are not telling the public is the full context of what JK was saying and how utterly stupid he made Shaw look. No surprises there.

If the MSM wanted to regain some semblance of credibility, the first thing they should do is rid themselves of every journalist involved in this week’s Panama yawn fest. Unfortunately it will never happen as their mentality is that these journalists deserve a promotion and a medal.

HR adds:

I think he wanted to be kicked out rather than have a battle of wits with an unarmed man. The PM was again assured, informed and able to think on his feet. I really don’t think it was a mistake he got himself ejected.

Keeping Stock pipes up:

Considering what some MP’s get away with on a daily basis (Winston, although he often pushes too far, Annette King etc) Key was a bit hard-done-by yesterday.

But neither Little nor Shaw landed a glove on him yesterday, and they’re reduced to arguing semantics because there’s nothing of substance in the Panama Papers, despite the time and effort invested in the “gotcha”.

Today though, Key is likely to face criticism for allowing Jordan to dump Fleur; it’s all the Left has left!



– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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