JOHN Key has come under attack for having a “brain fade” after making incorrect comments about how he voted on potential changes to the drinking age.
It is the second time in recent weeks the Prime Minister has come under fire over his failure to remember clearly, following his inability to recall when told of the Government Communication Security Bureau (GCSB) monitoring of Kim Dotcom.
Despite claims from the Labour Party, he did not remember mentioning Dotcom in a speech to GCSB staff.
Mr Key has come under fire again, after he told reporters this week he had voted to keep the minimum age of alcohol purchases in off-licence premises at 18.
He told reporters he voted for it to be raised to 20, when in fact he wanted it to remain at 18, APNZ reported.
He was asked for his response to a poll finding 57 per cent of people thought Parliament had made the wrong call by keeping the status quo on the drinking age.
Mr Kay answered by saying he wasn’t surprised, which is why he had voted to raise the age.
However his first vote was for a split rule, and when that failed, he voted for it to stay at 18.
Grant Robertson, deputy leader of Labour, said Mr Key had either suffered “brain fades” or had simply not told the truth.
“I think New Zealanders deserve a bit better than that from the Prime Minister.”