Update- Key has publicly apologised for the hair pulling which would seem to validate the story.
The Daily blog is running an interesting story from a waitress in an Auckland restaurant who claims John Key repeatedly pulled her pony tail during consecutive visits. She asked him to stop, but he persisted. Eventually he seemed to wake up to the fact that the waitress wasn’t enjoying the joke and gave her two bottles of John Key personalised wine while apologising with the words “I didn’t realise, really”.
According to the unnamed waitress the events occurred from election time last year up until the 28th of March this year, when the wine was gifted.
That Key’s wife Bronagh was present during some of the occasions suggests Key saw this as nothing but friendly horseplay and as he said when he apologised, he just didn’t realise the waitress wasn’t appreciating the joke.
Definitely seems like a political and personal gaffe by Key that the left will have a field day with. Some will claim it as grounds for resignation.
I don’t think so. This seems to me to be just another example of Key’s kind of weird quirky personality whereby he doesn’t seem to empathise with different viewpoints or be aware of certain things. As he doesn’t seem to realise his flag change ambition is so annoying to so many.
The issue to me is why was there apparently no one around him able to alert him to the the fact he was making a fool of himself?.
One would think that (if the allegations are true), someone would have tried to tell Key that his actions in pulling the waitress’s hair were not being taken as a joke. Why would this have been allowed to progress so far? I mean they guy has got minders hasn’t he?
What this might suggest is that people are too frightened too approach him on even such a simple matter. Could it really be that bad? I know that National Party members are very concerned about voicing any opinion on flag change. Is this incident another pointer to the possibility that the easy going affable lad Key has two different personalities?
Whatever, until there is some kind of validation of the story, which does have the ring of truth to it, we shouldn’t rush to judgment. The whole thing just sounds too weird to be true.
However, it does give this kind of weird little incident pictured above a bit more significance. (“that’s a very tantalising ponytail”, Key commented to the waitress) Tantalising? Well, strange word.