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Our Dear Leader…?

6 August 2011 1 comment

I’ve attended TWO public meetings where John Key has spoken.

Firstly; May 24, Lower Hutt, organised by the local Greypower branch.

Secondly; August 2nd, “Expressions” Gallery, Upper Hutt, organised by UH Lions.

On both occassions, my impressions of Key are as follows;

1. He is a very confident public speaker – especially on fiscal issues (naturally, given his background).

2. He is not so much a liar, as he leaves out critical, salient facts so as to promote his p.o.v. Such facts, if honestly presented to the public, would give a more accurate ‘picture’ on various issues.

3. I’ve caught him out on several points, where his statements were simply not accurate. In one instance (24 May), his comments on tax cuts was so mis-leading as to verge on an outright deception.

4. I do not trust him. He is a smoother version of Winston Peters. (Ok, that may be taking things too far. I may have to apologise to the Prime Minister for that remark… )

And judging by some of the shaking of heads amongst the audience, I do not believe that I am the only person who came away with these impressions.

Key, in person, is not quite as credible as the media or general public believes.

Dumber and dumber…

6 August 2011 1 comment

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I understand that the Police in Christchurch are stressed, tired, and are burdened with keeping their community safe over the last twelve months.

That is the only rational reason why they seem to have lost the facility for basic common sense, in regards to Cornelius Arie Smith-Voorkam.

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I understand that the Police have a tough job. I understand that they deal with awful situations that many of us only glimpse on tv shows like “Police Ten 7”. But I also understand that someone in the Police Force should have realised the mess they were creating for themselves and called a halt.  Police HQ should have intervened; had a quiet word with Inspector Derek Erasmus; and sent Arie on his way.

In this instance, the Police have done more harm to their reputation than any organised crime gang ever could.

Defendent: NZ Police

Charge sheet: Lack of common sense

Public verdict: guilty

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Simon Power, Minister of Justice

simon.power@parliament.govt.nz

Judith Collins, Minister of Police

judith.collins@parliament.govt.nz

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+++ Update +++

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It seems that a measure of common sense has been shown here, with regards to TVNZ.

Let’s hope the police “offer no evidence” (ie; drop all charges), when Arie next appears in Court. This ridiculous farce has gone on far too long.

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A developing social problem?

The interview associated with this RNZ news story is worth listening to…

Listen to Checkpoint interview with Donna Swift