Dec 6, 2016

Farewell to John Key, the Kiwi prime minister with a ‘thing’ for ponytails

A short history of the prime minister of New Zealand pulling women's hair.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

New Zealand’s PM John Key is resigning, and the Australian media are singing his praises. “Key’s success was his essential modesty,” reads the Oz. “The world has lost one of its most sensible and effective political leaders,” echoes the Fin.

If you want a substantive accounting of the man and his triumphs, we suggest you read those pieces. But here in the Crikey bunker, we’d rather offer a different account. One of Key’s bizarre habit of pulling ponytails.

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4 thoughts on “Farewell to John Key, the Kiwi prime minister with a ‘thing’ for ponytails

  1. Dog's Breakfast

    I think the only advice from Key worth listening to was for a government to go to an election with one big reform each term and deliver that, and otherwise be fairly steady and boring.

    Not bad electoral advice, and worthwhile if the buggers could come up with a good reform each time. Not sure that he did, but NZ is not the worst led country in the south western pacific, non-islander, non-asian, oceania region.

  2. mikeb

    Why is this drivel in Crikey? Yeah sure it’s an interesting titbit but does it need a column?
    …and before anyone says “well why did you read it duh…”, it’s because I don’t mind a bit of possibly salacious gossip as much as anyone.

  3. paddy

    Well said Miriam.
    Any prime minister, with an uncontrollable urge/fetish for assaulting young women & girls, is worthy of calling out.

  4. AR

    Weird, them Shakey Islanders. After all, they kept returning him to office.

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