Dear Leader: I’m so Ronery…
In the last week, John Key has shown tell-tale signs that he’s losing it. At the very least, he appears to be somewhat frazzled and it is this blogger’s contention that the pressure and stress from the last few months are beginning to take their toll on Dear Leader.
More importantly, there is a definite chill in the air. The media and the public are not quite as adoring as they were during National’s previous term in office.
How else to explain this incident, a week ago on 10 May, when Key was doing one of his repetitious Smile & Wave photo-ops at the Holy Family School in Porirua East,
Two things jump out at the reader straight away,
- Look at the expression on Key’s face. Unless the camera caught him at an awkward moment, his face appears to be expressing a feeling of… disdain? Discomfort? As if he didn’t really want to be there?
- When the Prime Minister asks a group of children if they have dreamed of being the Prime Minister – and then retorts with, “Frankly, the way it’s going at the moment you can have the job” - that is a man who is not in a Good Place.
Aside from indicating that something is obviously ‘bugging’ Dear Leader, that comment was utterly inappropriate. You don’t ‘shoot down‘ children’s bright-eyed, youthful enthusiasm with such a cynical come-back. If John Key has a problem with his job, he needs to address it – not take his stress out on a bunch of kids, who, judging by the image above, were excited to see him.
His comment, a day earlier, on a radio show, seemed to further illustrate his growing frustration. When he was questioned about the Sky City piokies-for-concention-centre deal, his annoyance was obvious,
“ I’m out there trying to promote a convention centre which we don’t put any money in and all I get is grief. OK? That’s what I get is grief. “
Wow! Talk about ‘wired‘. To quote our American cuzzies, “Dude! You need to chill!”
One further thing that comment reveals is that John Key doesn’t seem to get it. He doesn’t seem to comprehend community concerns with problem gambling and the fact that pokie machines are heavily implicated as the worst possible form of gambling. They certainly appear to be the most profitable, despite declining numbers.
For good reason. Problem gamblem affects not just one individual, it can tear apart families and impact severely on businesses where gamblers may be working. Company embezzlment is often motivated by the culprits’ addiction and uncontrolled access to gambling machines.
People have lost their family home due to a gambling addict in their midst.
That is why Key is “getting grief”.
And he should expect more of the same.
That was followed, five days later by an extraordinary ‘whinge’ on NewstalkZB, with rightwing radio talkback host, Leighton Smith. When Smith questioned Key on the media’s increased willingness to be more critical when scrutinising National, Key tore into the media,
” The second point is that… what is true, is the media are in a more aggressive and hostile mood towards us…
… despite contrary to their opinions, I’m not that bent out of shape about that. “
Strangely, he then ‘channelled’ Helen Clark, and referred to a comment she made to him about her term as Prime Minister. As if Key was trying to use Clark’s standing as some kind of attempt to legitimise or justify his own performance.
” Helen Clark came up to me at the swearing in of the Government in 2011 and said to me, ‘I remember what it was like, the first term was sort of okay, the second term was disastrous and the third term was diabolical.”
He also referred specifically to the NZ Herald and Sunday Star Times, saying,
“ The Herald has turned more tabloid – that is an absolute statement of fact. It was trying to lift circulation, especially casual sales at dairies, and had brought over David Fisher (from the Herald on Sunday) as “an investigative journalist, so-called“. “
By that afternoon, Key resorted to form and denied he had ever made those critical comments. When questioned by journalists, who referred to his remarks naming the Herald and Sunday Star Times, Key grinned his usual vacuous grin and responded,
“… Don’t think I did. (Journalist interjecting; “Yeah, you did“) Not specifically. Just said their headlines were wrong…”
Key said a damned sight more than just “their headlines were wrong“!
Snapped, Dear Leader. That was an outright lie.
See: Key bemoans ‘hostile’ media (video)
See: Key bemoans ‘hostile’ media (report)
The pressure is now on John Key and National. They sleep-walked through their first three years in office, despite unemployment rising; growing debt that would’ve made Muldoon blush; a stagnating economy; and thousands more Kiwis voting with their feet and leaving the country.
As this Facebook User described the event,
” Not content with having New Zealand’s so-called journalists follow him around like lost puppies eager to lick up whatever verbal vomit he puked their way during his first term, our venerable leader expressed his exasperation that some of the pups have grown into wolves and now seem intent on going for his jugular.
Well i say good job- it’s about time the media in this country got real where Key is concerned and started to ask some serious questions about his background, his motives and his real agenda for this country and whether that agenda is going to be to the great detriment of the vast majority of New Zealanders.
Did Mr Key think he could just carry on running the country as though policy, legislation and inter-party deals were just another series of currency trades?
Perhaps he thinks the media should just stand idly by and provide tacit approval for his backroom deals with big business donors and cronies- because for a while there they did- without question. Maybe the increasingly wonky John Key thought we’d all just turn a blind eye to his massive hypocrisy over the John Banks donation scandal and his inability to comprehend the ethical considerations raised by Banks actions and their incompatibility with his position as a Cabinet Minister. Not to mention the morally bankrupt deal that gifted the unpopular Banks the Epsom seat in the first place. “ - Newstalkzb is a Right-wing Propaganda Machine
Now, in their second term, the public are expecting a heckuva lot more than bashing solo-mothers and raising charges on prescription medicines. “Reforming” welfare is not going to create any meaningful new jobs (does 150 extra staff for WINZ really count?).
Especially when Paula Bennett herself admitted on 29 April, on TVNZ’s Q+A,
“ No. There’s not a job for everyone that would want one right now, or else we wouldn’t have the unemployment figures that we do. “
Not enough jobs for everyone. But plenty of money to throw around on welfare “reforms”, hiring more WINZ staff, and giving solo-mothers free contraception (which seems a bit of a case of slamming the barn door shut after the baby has bolted…).
Here’s a thought – job creation!! Damn, I bet no one in National has come up with this bold new idea! (Holy Common Sense, Batman, I’m a fricken genius!)
If John Key is stressed now, six months into his second term, he has no idea what’s in store for him. As a Green co-leader said, Key needs to toughen up. Whinging to rightwing talkback hosts and venting at schoolkids is not a meaningful response to the critical problems faced by this country.
If John Key has a problem with understanding this – call a snap election, and be done with it. Let the people decide his fate.
Who knows – he might not have to worry about being PM any longer.
He might even get a decent nights’ sleep.
Fearfactsexposed: Key attacks media for doing its job
Kiwipolitico: Whining John
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