An unusually strong performance from National leader John Key on Agenda this morning; in his favour were the panelists Barry Soper and Fran O’Sullivan who were under some odd compulsion to keep asking Key the same question about Winston Peters over and over again:
Panelist: Would you have Peters in your government?
Key: That depends on the outcome of the current situation.
Panelist: Yes, but would you have him in your government?
Key: I’ve just said, it depends. If his answers to the questions put to him are satisfactory . . .
Panelist: Would you have him in your government yes or no?
And so on. Anyone being interviewed by Barry Soper instantly gains audience sympathy but Key also responded to Guyon Espiner’s more perilous questions rather deftly.
It’s not worth commenting on part deux of the Weekend Herald’s profile of Key, except to suggest that they clearly made a grave error when they sacked all their sub-editors.
The best thing in the papers this weekend isn’t even online: John Armstrong’s political diary published in yesterday’s Herald is hilarious. If you find yourself regaining conciousness in a dumpster over the next few days (I think I know my readership) it’s worth rummaging around in the filth for a copy of Saturday’s Herald on the strength of Armstrong’s contributions alone.