But today Key's assertion received some backing:
Education Ministry staff received little sympathy from their minister, Hekia Parata, after their pay did not arrive as expected yesterday morning.
The glitch gave an unwanted taste of what teachers have been going through with Novopay - and the minister quipped that it was ‘‘karma’’.
To lesser, ineffective communicators like you and me, ridiculing your staff suffering a pay problem you're not suffering yourself might seem like terrible, antagonistic, counter-productive, even monumentally stupid communication. But Parata has with this statement smoothly and effectively communicated her and her government's attitude to her workforce; no room for confusion among her staff remains, therefore the communication has been very effective. I give credit here for Key's perception on this matter.