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Taking responsibility, National-style

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"The National Party is built on age-tested principles that reflect what is best about New Zealand. We are a party of enterprise; a party of personal freedom and individual responsibility; a party of family; an inclusive party; a party of ambition." -John Key, 27 May 2007

“The National Party is built on age-tested principles that reflect what is best about New Zealand. We are a party of enterprise; a party of personal freedom and individual responsibility; a party of family; an inclusive party; a party of ambition.” – John Key, 27 May 2007

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"We also need to remember the enduring principles on which the National Party is based – individual responsibility, support for families and communities, and a belief that the State can't and shouldn't do everything." - John Key, 30 January 2007

“We also need to remember the enduring principles on which the National Party is based – individual responsibility, support for families and communities, and a belief that the State can’t and shouldn’t
do everything.” – John Key, 30 January 2007

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So let’s see how well Dear Leader and National  Does Responsibility…

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John Key blames burglary on drug addicts

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Blame: drug addicts

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Key blames production firm for DVD music woes

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Blame: music production company.

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Worth blames media for Key 'ticking off'

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Blame: the media (always a good flogging-post for polis in trouble)

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Key blames Labour for his Govt's wage gap failings

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Blame: previous Labour government, Recession

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Key blames Hubbard for SCF collapse

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Blame: Allan Hubbard. (Hubbard had not been convicted of any offense.)

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Bill English blames Labour for bad economic management

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Blame: previous Labour government (again).

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Govt refuses responsibility for credit downgrades

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Blame: previous Labour Government (yes, again),  Europe, and the United States.

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Key blames Wall St, Minto blames Key

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Blame: Wall Street (an industry sector in which Key used to work)

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Key blames popularity dip on election campaign

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Blame: election campaign (damned inconvenient, these “election” things)

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Key blames edgy policy for poll drop

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Blame: Polls, “edgy” things, state asset sales, and “lots of challenges out there”.

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Key blames messenger in Beckham comments

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Blame: “Somebody” (or anybody, whatever)

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Pike River - Key blames company for disaster

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Blame: Pike Rive mining company (which was following de-regulated safety laws enacted by National in 1991.)

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Govt blames global economy for jobless woes

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Blame: “global economic headwinds” (but not an excuse beneficiaries may use).

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Govt blames election, rugby on DPS blowout

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Blame: Rugby World Cup, the general election, and Diplomatic Protection Squad.

And when National has run out of people, institutions, countries, and things to blame – they can always refer to  the mystical realm,

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Parata blames 'karma' after Ministry of Education staff miss pay day

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Blame: Karma.

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And of course, there are the none-too-subtle attempts to blame welfare beneficiaries for not having the jobs that existed prior to 2007/08,

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Free birth control for beneficiaries

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Beneficiary drug testing plans unveiled

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Cost of beneficiaries $78b - report

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Taking responsibility, National-style – means someone else copping the blame. Or sunspots.

Are we all clear on this?

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Addendum

Clayton’s Responsibility – The Responsibility You’re Taking, when You’re Not Really Taking Responsibility,

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Kate Wilkinson resigns as Labour Minister

Full story

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Wilkinson’s resignation was almost on top of the public release of the Pike River Royal Commission of Inquiry report. She was the “sacrificial lamb”, with the deliberate  objective to short-circuit media and public debate over National’s culpability in the de-regulation of the Mining Inspectorate in 1992.

Wilkinson’s “resignation” wasn’t taking responsibility – it was a carefully-crafted exercise in damage-control.

Note that Wilkinson retained her other portfolios (at the time), along with her $250,000-plus salary plus Ministerial perks and allowances  (see:  ‘What have I done wrong?‘).

Indeed, any attempt by National to  take responsibility was watered down when Key said,

Under successive governments, since 1992, the influence and reach of the mining inspectorate was eroded.”

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Mr Key says the Government accepts there were systemic failures in the regulatory regime across successive governments.” – John Key, Govt responds to Pike River Royal Commission, 5 November 2012

So there you have it. Key’s comments attempts to spread responsibility as far as possible across twenty years of successive governments. Because, as we all know, if you spread responsibility – like margerine – as wide as possible, it becomes thinner and thinner until there’s bugger-all of it left.

The Nat’s spin doctors earned their tax-payer funded salaries that day.

Taking responsibility National style reminds me of that famous phrase from the 1970  movie, “Love Story“,

Love Means Never Having to Say Youre Sorry

For Dear Leader and his cronies, the sentiment is the same,

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John Key Power Means Never Having to Say I'm Responsible

“Power Means Never Having to Say I’m Responsible.”

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Previous related blogpost

It’s official: Key’s mind is someone elses’ responsibilty

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  1. 5 February 2013 at 4:45 pm

    Geez it never stops does it?

    • 5 February 2013 at 4:55 pm

      Fraid not, Allyson…

      Not until our fellow Kiwis stop voting for people like these.

  2. 5 February 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Total bullshit!

    • 5 February 2013 at 7:47 pm

      Statement/Reason.

  3. David Duff
    5 February 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Nz have been hearing the blame game for the last 5 years a few were missed slow economic growth national blamed the Christchurch earthquake or the constant blaming of beneficiaries the amount of kids that leave school etc

  4. Holly M
    5 February 2013 at 5:16 pm

    and that is just the tip of the iceberg.. (as the saying goes…) thanks frank. again, you’ve nailed it! ;}

  5. Maria van der Meel
    5 February 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Shared on Planet Key.

  6. Lance McC
    5 February 2013 at 5:23 pm

    that quote is funny
    “personal freedom” = no laws or controls from NZ government or any outside government, you can do or study what you like

    “individual responsibility” = we will not help the poor or sick or out of work or homeless. You fend for yourself or die, we do not care, we will not do anything to encourage the creation of jobs or growth of the economy.

    “family” = if you are not in a hetrosexual marraige with kids, you are of no interest to us.

  7. Jeanette Wilkinson
    5 February 2013 at 5:26 pm

    -10 and dropping fast…

  8. Budinski
    5 February 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Where’s the personal freedom in the Search & Surveillance Bill?

    • MQC
      5 February 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Well can you *blame* him? Seems like no, smoking guns or otherwise!

    • MQC
      5 February 2013 at 6:52 pm

      Anyway, great article, I will share it in due course, posted far too much today already.

  9. Lance McC
    5 February 2013 at 5:38 pm

    good info, making up a poster of it

    • 5 February 2013 at 5:38 pm

      A “Yeah, Right” style poster, Lance?

      • Lance McC
        5 February 2013 at 5:40 pm

        more an educational one using stuff you posted

  10. 5 February 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Lance McC :

    more an educational one using stuff you posted

    Cool! Hope it happens!

  11. Tom Sawyer
    5 February 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Hah! The Nats wouldn’t know responsibility if they fell over it. The only thing those guys are responsible to is their wealthy backers. Good blog post tho.

  12. Taura
    5 February 2013 at 6:39 pm

    Wow. I’ve heard better and more believable noises come out of my arse. And they smell better. Even after a huge feed of kina.

  13. Taura
    5 February 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Gee they have only two people left to blame. Satan and God. And they must’ve caused everything the druggies, wall st, labour, karma, companies following THEIR rules, assassinated business men and some other person. Oh. Hang on. He hasn’t blamed lemmings running off a cliff yet. Make that three hundred or more. Plus two.

  14. whakapohane
    5 February 2013 at 8:16 pm

    The party of family – parents in Aotearoa and kids across the ditch working. Great family values.

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