I'm not sure John Key's 'yeah nah' type response to feeding hungry children at school is what one would describe as leadership on the issue.
His limp, 'not every school would want free food to feed their hungry students' rationale rings as hollow as the stomachs of the 83 000 NZ children who go to school hungry.
His claim that fruit is enough to keep poverty at bay is simply ludicrous.
'It's the parents responsibility' is not an adult response to feeding kids in schools when we pay so little in welfare - the working poor hate the beneficiary poor because they compare their minimum wage pittance to benefits with envy and get angry when they should blame the National Party for setting up a legacy of low minimum wages.
Key is either ignorant to the reality of poverty for many NZers or he just doesn't care. Neither possibility is attractive in a Prime Minister.
John Key's - 'let them eat fruit' isn't much of an answer to child poverty, but then again he isn't much of a Prime Minister.