Neither Rodney or John will be happy with this story:
Not aware a Press reporter was also at the table, Hide, whose party is a support partner in the National-led Government, said Key “doesn’t do anything” and was highly regarded, while “ACT did everything and we are hated”.
All Key “had done” was the cycleway, Hide said. “It’s amazing.”
I understand the point Rodney was trying to make – the more you do, the more unpopular you can get. But his hyperbole is unfortunate.
To be fair, Rodney also said:
In his speech to yesterday’s function, Hide said “you could not get a better guy to work with” than Key, who had made it clear he wanted all his ministers to have a good relationship with ACT.
“He has been absolutely true to his word,” Hide told guests.
My impression is that the relationship between Rodney and John is very good. I don’t think John will lose sleep over the comments but Rodney is probably kicking himself for his turn of phrase.
UPDATE: And Rodney has apologised.