This afternoon, we'll save Rob the trouble of pasting a link; under the heading Key grins like loon as Japan suffers he blogs:
The sight of New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key hamming it up on a cricket pitch, rubbing shoulders with such luminaries as that model of piety Shane Warne and looking for all the world like the reincarnation of Laurel Hardy, seemed quite incongruous in light of the disaster that Japan finds itself central to right now.
Gravitas, Mr Key. And timing. Not on the cat walk and not in a basin.
Is it any wonder that so many people have the perception that the Greens are party-poopers, or the Fun Police? Now we don't know whether or not Rob watched the cricket yesterday, but here are a few salient points:
- Before the Fill the Basin for Christchurch match started yesterday, the 10,000-strong crowd stood for a minute's silence in memory of those who died in Christchurch, AND IN JAPAN
- John Key received a raptuous reception from the crowd at the Basin Reserve yesterday. He mixed and mingled, signed autographs, and engaged with people of all ages, not just the luminaries Rob refers to
- John Key had made a commitment prior to Friday's tragic events in Japan, and by keeping his commitment, raised an additional $100,000 for the Christchurch relief effort.
Let's face it; John Key is an exceptionally popular Prime Minister. There has been no-one quite like him in my 55 years on this planet. And he is the Prime Minister of New Zealand, not of Japan.
The Christchurch earthquake is a New Zealand crisis; even moreso now that events in Japan will dominate the world's media. Yesterday's match was a chance to raise money to help people affected by the Christchurch earthquake, and by whatever standard it is judged by, it was a huge success. One only had to hear the emotion in Bob Parker's voice at the post-match ceremonies to understand how much yesterday meant to him and to the people of Christchurch.
Key's demeanour yesterday was entirely fitting for the occasion, in our ever-humble opinion. And we reckon that Robert Guyton would do well to heed the words of the first person to comment on what he has authored today:
Put the tiresome "John Key/National sucks" aside and grow up.
We couldn't agree more.