Politics: The public service’s growing malaise

By Jane Clifton In Politics

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John Key must be the only prime minister in history who keeps finding peril in the barrel of a teapot. It seems every time he steps into a tearoom, the forces of fear and loathing gather. First the “accidental” teapot tape last election, and now the mystery of the spycam in the Government Communications Security Bureau smoko room. It would take a George Smiley to get to the bottom of David Shearer’s allegation that Key was filmed quipping to the spies about Kim Dotcom over the teacups at a time when he supposedly knew nothing about the internet buccaneer. But ask not for whom the cups ...

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