Towards the end of last year I listed five very good reasons why John Key should resign, here are five more compelling ones that have transpired since:
- Whether he has an actual problem with touching hair or not, it is a clear invasion of personal boundaries and human rights to continually touch someone after they made it clear that the contact was unwelcome. It is also harassment while at work and abuse of privilege if Key gets away with the behaviour. The incident has also caused international embarrassment.
- John Key is sending troops into a war zone with no parliamentary consensus and he couldn't even name the enemy. It appears that our Prime Minister is doing what he has been asked to do by a larger power and has not actually ensured he has been fully briefed on the situation himself.
- The Prime Minister does not have a leadership style nor has built a parliamentary culture that ensures he is well informed. He should have known about Mike Sabin's situation was well before he considered him for heading the Law and Order select committee.
- John Key continually makes personal attacks on those who criticise his leadership rather than deal with the valid issues that they bring up in a statesman-like way. Calling respected investigative journalist Nicky Hager and whistle blower Edward Snowden "backward-looking anti-American bunch of plonkers" makes his stance arrogant and unquestioningly pro-American. His support of Cameron Slater is direct acceptance of 'shock jock' journalism and is therefore hypocritical.
- John Key refuses to answer perfectly reasonable questions about the GCSB and is undermining public confidence in his honesty and personal oversight. The Prime Minister is ultimately responsible for the operations of our spy agencies and should be trusted to do this in the interests of genuine New Zealand security, not political expediency.
John Key is still not behaving in an honorable or an ethical way. He is not respecting the role of Prime Minister and is not conducting himself with any decorum or dignity.
John Key should resign!