It sticks in my craw to see the whiney voiced John Key front stage at ANZAC day in Gallipoli, when the way he chose to recognise the 100 year anniversary of that terrible event was to begin a personal campaign to change the NZ flag. Especially when the true patrons of ANZAC, the Returned Services League, has publicly opposed the flag change.
Key’s address was noticeably weak when compared to those of Tony Abbot or Prince Charles. He does not have the gravitas for such an occasion, and neither do I think he has the personal conviction. He’s a first generation NZer. None of his forbears died at Gallipoli.
And of course he’s a self confessed Progressive anyway, which means none of the traditions we Conservatives value have any meaning to him. Its why he wants to change the flag. Its why he refused to act on the anti-smacking referendum. Its why he led the charge with the Labour party to redefine traditional marriage.
And its also probably why he didn’t sing the National anthem on this occasion. When everyone else was singing it, including Australian PM Tony Abbott who sang both the Australian and the NZ anthem. Key stood stony faced and silent.
Key has always been a lightweight, and he looked every bit of one at the ANZAC ceremony, completely lacking the gravitas the occasion demanded and far out of his depth. That jokey blokey stuff can only go so far really, and then it begins to wear a bit thin.
Key looked threadbare at Gallipoli. I think he’s going to look even worse when he arrives back.