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BEST DESCRIPTION OF JOHN KEY SO FAR

“Viewed through a parliamentary prism, there is nothing overtly brilliant about the man. He lacks the personal charisma of a Rob Muldoon or a David Lange. He does not have the after-hours bonhomie of a Winston Peters nor the intellectual menace of a Helen Clark.

“Indeed there is a touch of the Chauncey Gardner about him – the Peter Sellars gardener that charmed everyone in the classic movie satire Being There.

“Others graft their aims and aspirations on to the benign countenance of the prime minister and see themselves reflected back.

“This is the first prime minister who is actually liked. Not respected nor admired nor feared. Liked. You would have to go back to Labour’s Walter Nash to find another prime minister so routinely inoffensive.”

Michael Laws in today’s Sunday Star Times

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16 Comments:

  1. Could you remind readers why Michael Laws resigned from Parliament? Being called unprincipled and vacuous by that sack of manure is like listening to Madonna on the moral and artistic nullity of Lady Gaga.

    • Could you remind readers why Michael Laws resigned from Parliament? Being called unprincipled and vacuous by that sack of manure is like listening to Madonna on the moral and artistic nullity of Lady Gaga.

      “sack of manure” Craig? This sort of abuse is usually the mark of an impoverished vocabulary and a weak argument. Can you do better?

  2. “I do not love thee, Mr Key, The reason why I cannot see; But this alone I know to be, I do not love thee, Mr Key.”

    Apologies to Tom Brown.

  3. John Key as Chauncey Gardner has already been noted in the blogosphere (Dim-Post, the Standard, etc).

    By 2011, it will be in the Herald (an “intriguing comparison” – Sideswipe). Around 2012, in a One News Exclusive, a TVNZ reporter will “come up with the description”, and win a Qantas award.

    Garth George will get there last, and be certain he’s first.

    • John Key as Chauncey Gardner has already been noted in the blogosphere (Dim-Post, the Standard, etc).

      Interesting. I didn’t know that. Not a big blog reader. But it’s still a good analogy and Laws expresses it very well.

  4. Craig said, “Could you remind readers why Michael Laws resigned from Parliament? Being called unprincipled and vacuous by that sack of manure is like listening to Madonna on the moral and artistic nullity of Lady Gaga.”

    Well said Craig, Please remind us Brian!
    I wonder why Brian wants to resurrect this man’s reputation. Hopefully he has a bad hangover and can’t be bothered writing anything today. I much prefer Brian’s analysis of about a year ago, likening the duo of Key et English to David Lange and the Machiavellian Roger Douglas. David being the buffoonish fairground barker who amuses us whilst our pockets are picked by Roger and his cohorts.
    Let’s face it, Key is not a career politician and can easily bail out when the teflon plastic wears thin. When this little hobby becomes a drag he can return to making some serious money with all the other Temple money changers.

  5. I think, Craig was a bit harsh. But he gets a nod for his evocative lyricism. Laws made a fatal mistake. But it was more “stupid” than venal. It was right at the lower end of the scale, as far as ethics violation goes.

    It’s unlikely, that Madonna would diss Lady Gaga (or has she done so, already?); they’re both genuine artists, in their own right.

  6. Whatever Michael Laws history contains it doesnt lessen the truth of his opinion of John Key.I also think perhaps we are doing a great dissevice to Chauncey Gardner whose heart had a warmth and honesty to it which seems lacking in Key.

  7. Hell you too sharp boys can sure write…

    and also: ” a thin smile which creeps slowly up his face and has left his lips by the time it reaches his eyes” (M.Hewitson).

    John Key doesn’t appear burdened by either of these qualities.

  8. Maybe, Merv…
    …but in Madonna’s case, the paint has very much cracked!

  9. I agree with PJR. This comparison is unfair to Chauncey Gardner, who was a gentle autistic man. His charm lay in his absolute honesty and integrity, and lack of awareness of the human ambition, emotion and power battles going on around him.

  10. Brian:

    No, Brian – “sack of manure” is the most polite and legally prudent description of his political and media careers. However, it’s not entirely fair to fertilizer that has contributed much to my sustenance and delight by being thickly spread over my garden.

    Still, I did have to laugh at the utter chutzpah (or high functioning psychosis) of Laws opening his column with: “IF THERE is one skill that I lack, it is the capacity to hate.” I’ve seen first hand what a petty, unprincipled and truly malicious little man Michael Laws is. I could give you chapter and verse, Brian, but his victims don’t need to be further humiliated in public.

  11. “John Key as Chauncey Gardner has already been noted in the blogosphere (Dim-Post, the Standard, etc). ”
    Can’t find one in either.

  12. Obama as Chauncey Gardner.

    http://politicaldiscontent.blogspot.com/2008/06/is-barack-obama-chauncey-gardner.html
    Nothing new under the sun it seems.

  13. Bilious little bunch aren’t you? Personally while I would prefer a little more leadership on some issues, I like having an affable PM. So too, on the evidence, do many New Zealanders. It is possible to project as assured and engender confidence by being so, especially when affability is accompanied by a clear recognition of what are mountains and what are mole hills. HC on the other hand took herself so seriously everything she pronounced upon was by definition a mountain. And that is quite enervating after a while.

  14. Huh! Don’t be fooled Tony. Keep your eye on the unsmiling, shadow browed and brooding Bill English. He used to smile alot once. Maybe he has been assigned a task not in keeping with his religion.