John Key has compared himself with Barack Obama in today’s Financial Times.
“I’m a bit like Obama. I am not institutionalised in Wellington,” Mr Key told the Financial Times from his parliamentary office. “I had 18 years in the commercial world and I will be quite pragmatic.”
Umm, Obama didn’t have 18 years in the commercial world. He worked as a community organizer and practised as a civil rights lawyer, which is vastly different from working at Merrill Lynch.
He’s not promising pragmatism, either. Rather, “change you can believe in.”
He’s proposing a detailed programme of progressive reform. Not odd scraps of policy in bullet points that are deliberately vague in the places where right-wing reforms are planned.
The FT does make the point that should he win Key, “will become the most inexperienced politician to lead New Zealand in more than 100 years if he succeeds in winning government. Hadn’t heard that before, but then I’ve been reading the Herald. Note to self: read more quality overseas papers to learn the truth about what’s going on in NZ.
Key like Obama? I would have thought Paris Hilton, but then, she put on a flawless performance in that last video.
[Update: Helen Clark has labelled the comparison “ludicrous”.]
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