Let’s flag John Key’s next press conference – it will be humiliating, after a wayward wager on the Warriors

The price to be paid for taking a bad bet.

It could have been worse.

The Boss could have been as daft, in the wager department, as the retiring Green MP, Keith Locke, who made his valedictory speech last week.

Mr Locke recalled losing a bet when ACT MP Rodney Hide won the Epsom seat in 2005 and having to run down an Auckland street naked.

“I’m no less into gambling although I’m tempted to put something on the Warriors to win the NRL grand final.”

It’s a measure of his judgement that he would have lost that bet too.

Alf would never put his money on a team that is headquartered in Auckland.

But alas, The Boss is not so chary and he put his money on the Warriors, too.

Or rather, he put our flag on the outcome of the match.

As a consequence, the hacks of the news media and the gaggle of Beehive nabobs and satraps who attend his weekly post-cabinet news conferences will be subjected to the spectacle of John Key being interrogated while standing in front of an Australian flag.

Oh, the bloody humiliation (although Alf is willing to put his money on at least some of the media hacks not being able to distinguish an Aussie flag from our own).

This humiliation results from The Boss losing a wager on the league grand final to his Australian counterpart Julia Gillard.

It seems he will not be able to honour the bet today.

Key is travelling on commercial flights and will not be back in New Zealand until this afternoon, missing the weekly Cabinet meeting and subsequent media conference.

The Prime Minister will not be able to honour his end of the bet until next week.

As we all know, the Warriors lost 24-10 to the Manly Sea Eagles at the ANZ Stadium in Homebush last night.

Key and Gillard finalised the bet last night just before kick-off when The Boss joined the Aussie prime minister, New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell, Opposition leader Tony Abbott and former Australian prime minister John Howard in an officials box.

Key nevertheless watched the game from the stands alongside the Mad Butcher, Sir Peter Leitch.

Alf was disinclined to bet either way on the league match for the very sound reasons – a mistrust of Auckland and things Auckland – he stated earlier.

But he is prepared to bet on The Boss remaining The Boss after the upcoming election, notwithstanding his Auckland connections.

He might even consider betting on National governing without the need for a coalition partner.

It could have been worse.

The Boss could have been as daft as the retiring Green MP, Keith Locke, who recalled a bad bet during his valedictory speech last week.

Mr Locke recalled losing a bet when ACT MP Rodney Hide won the Epsom seat in 2005 and having to run down an Auckland street naked.

“I’m no less into gambling although I’m tempted to put something on the Warriors to win the NRL grand final.”

It’s a measure of his judgement that he would have lost that bet too.

But alas, The Boss put his money on the Warriors, too.

Or rather, he put our flag on the outcome of the match.

And so today the hacks of the news media and a gaggle of Beehive nabobs and satraps will be subjected to the spectacle of John Key fronting his weekly post Cabinet press conference standing in front of an Australian flag.

Oh, the bloody humiliation (although Alf would put his money on at lest some of the media hacks not being able to distinguish and Aussie flag from our own).

This humiliation results from The Boss losing a bet on the league grand final to his Australian counterpart Julia Gillard.

It seems he will not be able to honour the bet today.

Key is travelling on commercial flights and will not be back in New Zealand until this afternoon, missing the weekly Cabinet meeting and subsequent media conference.

The Prime Minister will not be able to honour his end of the bet until next week.

As we all know, the Warriors lost 24-10 to the Manly Sea Eagles at the ANZ Stadium in Homebush last night.

Key and Gillard finalised the bet last night just before kick-off when The Boss joined the Aussie prime minister, New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell, Opposition leader Tony Abbott and former Australian prime minister John Howard in an officials box.

Key nevertheless watched the game from the stands alongside the Mad Butcher, Sir Peter Leitch.

Alf was disinclined to bet either way on the league match. A bit too close to call, he thought.

But he is prepared to bet on The Boss remaining The Boss after the upcoming election.

He might even consider betting on National governing without the need for a coalition partner.

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