Grubby anonymous John Key hit-job


Fairfax has published a remarkable semi-op-ed on the Stuff site that has no byline and comments are disabled.  In it, it posts that John Key being caught with his fly undone is the worst he’s done yet.  His fly undone!  Worse than assaulting pony tailed young women and aiding and abetting prison rape jokes.

He’s tugged ponytails and forced three-way handshakes, but this could be the Prime Minister’s most uncomfortable moment to date.

In an interview on Simon Barnett and Gary McCormick’s morning radio show on Thursday, John Key spoke about the “man code”, being caught with his fly down, and the colour of his underpants.

The interview began innocently enough as the three spoke of Barnett’s heroic act earlier in the week, when he saved a woman from a written-off car.

But the tone was significantly lowered when the subject turned to a certain “man code question”.

Apparently Barnett ran into the Prime Minister at the airport this week and noticed Key’s fly was down, but felt he couldn’t tell him

Key said Barnett was right, and it was not until an hour or so later that someone else informed him of his wardrobe malfunction.

“I’m normally pretty careful about such matters, ’cause you can imagine the national embarrassment, and envy of course that I would create in such a matter,” the Prime Minister added.

Asked if he was wearing his National, blue-coloured underwear, Key confirmed he was, “It’s all blue.”

Key said it was the first time he had been caught with his fly down as Prime Minister.

Asked if he had staff to remind him about things like the “fly department”, Key said he did, but they had obviously missed it.

“Clearly Simon’s gaze was in a different place to my staff, he’s only human,” Key added.

The nation is safe.

Seriously, this is exactly the kind of blokey banter that Key does on radio, for the specific radio audience.  It allows his true nature to shine, and the voters don’t seem to mind.  We all have gone out with our fly undone, ladder in a stocking, shirt half out, label on the outside… pick one.

“Most uncomfortable moment to date”?

Whaleoil dares the author to put his/her name to that piece so we know who to direct our eye rolling at.  Perhaps we should start one of those “petitions” that are so popular these days.

Oh hell, why not?


unknown author, Stuff


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