PM and his wingman

Last updated 05:00 04/06/2009
ROSS GIBLIN/The Dominion Post
THE PILOT AND HIS WINGMAN: Prime Minister John Key and his deputy Bill English looked over their political puppets unveiled at Wellington's Backbencher Pub, opposite Parliament.

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Prime Minister John Key's career is not in a tailspin yet, but he is now immortalised as the "Blue Baron".

Mr Key and his deputy Bill English looked over their political puppets unveiled at Wellington's Backbencher Pub opposite Parliament yesterday.

Mr English was immortalised as Snoopy clinging to the baron's Fokker triplane wing for dear life.

"There'll always be a place for you in my plane buddy," Mr Key said.

After yesterday's resignation of Internal Affairs Minister Richard Worth, Mr Key hinted he might like to take aim at political foes with the triplane's machinegun.

"There'd be one or two, but we'll keep the safety catch on."

Puppets showing Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples paddling a waka and ACT leader Rodney Hide getting his strings pulled by the party's founder, Sir Roger Douglas, were also unveiled.

"The great thing about having Roger Douglas in our caucus is that you get plenty of advice," Mr Hide said last night.

"The advice is never contradictory because it hasn't changed in 20 years."

Backbencher manager Alistair Boyce said the politicians' turnout showed the strength of New Zealand's democracy.

"It's often said the more important decisions are made on our side of Molesworth St."

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