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It’s official: the media honeymoon is over (#Rua)

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Oops!

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As I predicted over the last few months, John Key’s ‘honeymoon’ with the media is well and truly over.

The ridiculous saga of the ‘Teapot Tape’;  calling in Police; raiding media offices – these were the actions of a petty dictator from some Latin American banana republic,* who got peeved because someone didn’t salute his 30m statue in the city plaza fast enough and had the hapless citizen and his family chucked in jail…

Tonight, TV3 “found” a film-clip of John Key giving a speech (to a very unenthusiastic-looking PSA gathering).  Key’s comments probably left most TV3’s viewers  flabbergasted, spluttering into their early-evening milos, and quite bemused,

3 News has dug out never before seen footage of Mr Key promising “no job cuts” to the Public Service Association Conference back in 2008.

Since then 2,500 jobs have gone and hundreds more are being shed at Foreign Affairs, Defence and in the wider public sector.

In the same speech Mr Key also says selling assets like Mighty River Power will not make the economy better or the “boat go faster”.” – TV3 News

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The TV3 story, with video embedded…

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The highlights…

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Highlights from Key’s 2008 ‘no job cuts’ speech

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That, folks, was the all-too-rare sight of a politician caught with his pants down around his ankles.

Kudos to TV3 for this insightful, and revealing,  story on our current Prime Minister.

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Previous “Minty Moments”…

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John’s Key’s promise NOT to raise GST,

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On 1 October 2010, Key’s government raised GST from 12.5 to 15%.

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John Key trying to explain away an email from a “mysterious friend” who claimed that Standard & Poors would have down-graded New Zealand’s credit-rating had Labour been in office,

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Standard & Poors quickly denied making any such comments.

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Additional

TV3: Economy on skids, cuts to come – Duncan Garner’s blog

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(* No offence intended to banana republic tinpot dictators – I actually like bananas quite a bit.)

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  1. clive @ large
    15 March 2012 at 6:56 pm

    hahahahaha SPRUNG!

  2. 16 March 2012 at 12:16 am

    I like bananas as well. But i’m disliking John Key more and more!

  3. 18 March 2012 at 1:10 pm

    Hi all

    I’ve just woken up from a 40 year sleep in one of those military suspended animation experiments. I’ve had a good look around and have decided “No Thanks!”, I’m outta here.

    If Key is the best you guys can do then I’m getting back into the Deep Sleep box and trying my luck for the future. Maybe a couple of thousand years. What’s the worse than can happen, talking apes ruling the world?

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