I know there’s a faction out there that thinks this is a beat up by left wing groups seeking to get some kind of advantage over Key, and I’m inclined to take that view myself.
However I think we need to be mindful of the fact that Key is not some minor backbencher, or even some run of the mill MP known only in some country backwater somewhere, he’s actually the Prime Minister and he represents NZ on the world stage.
So like it or not, any lapse of judgment will attract global attention. And if there is something salacious about the issue, even more attention. Key has made worldwide headlines on an issue I am sure he deeply regrets.
Furthermore, I am yet to be convinced that Key himself sees this with the required degree of seriousness. Sure he appears contrite, but in the interview above with TV3, seems to be suggesting the complaint was perhaps a little unfair to him.
This is a bad mistake IMHO. As much as it may stick in your craw Mr. Key, the hard left have got you on this one, and there is no other way out of it but an extremely sincere, serious and grovelling apology where you take all of the blame for what occurred. The light weight stuff isn’t going to go anywhere.
Further reading- John Key waitress hair pulling story (now validated)