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John Key has another un-named source???

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John Key continues to bury his head in the sand regarding Skycity’s demand for 500 extra pokie-machines, in return for a $350 million convention centre.

Considerable community concern has been expressed that National’s close connections with Skycity may result in more pokie machines, with the inevitable consequence of increased problem gambling.  Even the neo-conservative organisation, “Family First” has condemned National and Skycity’s plans to expand it’s operations.

National Director of Family First, Bob McCoskrie, said,

Tourists come to see the country and the culture – not the casinos. If tourists were really focused on gambling, they would be going to Las Vegas – not the Sky City casino venue in Auckland.”

“Casinos thrive on the false promise of getting rich quickly, but the reality is that those who can least afford to gamble are gambling themselves deeper into debt. The government should be protecting families – not fleecing them. It is ironic that the government is targeting loan sharks at the same time as increasing the number of pokie machines.” – Source

McCoskrie said that “there are far too many pokie machines in our communities. Recent figures show one  machine for every 180 kiwis, yet one for every 4000 in US“.

Indeed. Here in New Zealand, we do ‘Dumb‘ exceedingly well.

The Green Party has been particularly scathing of National’s intention to amend legislation, to facilitate Skycity’s expansion plans.

Green Party spokesperson, Kevin Hague, condemned National’s irresponsibility in no uncertain terms,

The profits that Sky City believes it can extract from vulnerable gamblers are obviously immense to make it worthwhile for them to build the centre.

This ‘public policy for sale’ approach by the Government is strongly reminiscent of its rush to change industrial relations law to suit another multinational corporate, Warner Brothers.

I predict that the ‘behind closed doors’ negotiations between the Government and Sky City will find ways of allowing Sky City to extract more profit from the New Zealand public without needing to change the law, thereby entirely shutting the public out from having a say.

The extraordinary hardship and suffering caused by the gambling industry in New Zealand should see the Government trying to find ways of reducing the size and reach of the industry, not cosying up to it and making the regulatory framework looser.” – Source

Why is it that everything has a fair degree of common sense on this issue – except National?!

The Prime Minister, John “Dear Leader” Key, has been in utter denial about the destructive effects of gambling addiction.  It’s not just his head that is buried in the sand – he’s climbed in, and buried himself.

Amongst other statements of unbelievable naivety, Dear Leader has stated,

In a casino they are in a better environment say than attached to a pub deliberating targeting low income people in South Auckland.” – Source

Yeah, right.

Because low income people don’t go to casinos!?

Actually, they do. This blogger has visited Skycity Casino on a couple of occassions. (No, I didn’t place a bet. If I wanted to waste money, it’s easier to throw it out the window.) On both occassions, judging by dress style; worn clothing and shoes; and other tell-tale signs, many of those who seemed cybernetically linked to rows of pokie machines – were from low-income households.

I could not recall a single person in a suit, or upmarket dress, on the pokies.

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But perhaps the most eye-opening aspect of  Keys comments was when he  referred to  a “professor” from  University of Adelaide – whom he did not namewho had told of  a gambling studies conference in 2008, where it was claimed that Sky City’s host responsibility programme was “probably the most advanced in the world“.

An un-named source?

Another one?

Is this Un-named Source related to the other Un-named Source, who had supposedly emailed John Key about a supposed meeting – where Standard & Poors had supposedly claimed that New Zealand would have had a credit down-grade had there been a Labour Government in office??

(Which, later, Standard & Poors  rejected as being untrue.)

The same Un-named Source who supposedly sent Key this unsigned email,

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Cobblers!

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But it strikes me as symptomatic of the bizarre “JohnKey  In Wonderland” we have created in our country when  the Prime Minister bases government policy on mysterious, un-named sources, who we cannot discuss; nor debate; nor even understand; because we know nothing about his/her/it’s credentials.

Too many of these Un-named Sources floating around. Hard to keep track of them.  We need to start numbering them.

Or, here’s an idea, give them names?

And just maybe, New Zealanders need to be just a little less trusting of the man – whose name I  will keep confidential – who is our Prime Minister.

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NZ Herald: Government gets big bucks for bad habits

NZ Herald: Casinos safer than pubs, Key says

Scoop.co.nz:  Tourists Come to See Country & Culture – Not Casinos

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  1. Jena
    3 April 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Key’s stance on this is so sickening it makes me wanna puke. Has he so little idea of who play the pokie machines and why or does he just not give a damn? If one thing identifies Key as a total sell-out merchant to the mighty $ despite the social consequences, this is it.

  2. Deborah Kean
    4 April 2012 at 2:57 pm

    I don’t know Frank, why you are surprised that Family First are concerned about this! It’s exactly the kind of threat to family life and stability that would bother them…
    I saw Joyce being interviewed about all of this, on Sunday. What an idiot of a man..

  3. 4 April 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Deborah Kean :

    I don’t know Frank, why you are surprised that Family First are concerned about this! It’s exactly the kind of threat to family life and stability that would bother them…
    I saw Joyce being interviewed about all of this, on Sunday. What an idiot of a man..

    Yes, I saw that interview as well. The thing that got me was that he seemed to realise how indefensible his position on gambling was – and yet he didn’t seem to care one jot, Debbie. It was as it he was thinking, “I’m in government for the next two and a half years, so you lot can get stuffed”. I think we just had a damned good eyeful of a right-winger’s born-to-rule and devil-take-every-one else attitude…

    Family First has had some conservative views on some issues. I can look them up and get back to you on it… but I have half a dozen things lined up to blog about. (It’s going to be a lonnnnggg night tonight. )

    On this issue though, Family First are to be commended. This is precisely the sort of garbage that impacts on families. That, and high power prices; poverty; lack of jobs; low-paid jobs; etc…

    • Deborah Kean
      5 April 2012 at 1:59 pm

      John, at this stage, with everything I’ve read and seen… nothing would surprise me. There are dodgy dealings taking place in back-rooms, and what we’re seeing is but the tip of the iceberg.
      I believe this country may be witnessing the first hints of the biggest scandal ever in our history.

      Scandal, yes! But will it change anything? Not with our media…
      Deb

  4. John Stansfield
    4 April 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Do you think the unnamed source could be from that longstanding donor to the national Party (matter of public record) known as Sky City Casino

  5. 4 April 2012 at 9:29 pm

    John Stansfield :

    Do you think the unnamed source could be from that longstanding donor to the national Party (matter of public record) known as Sky City Casino

    John, at this stage, with everything I’ve read and seen… nothing would surprise me. There are dodgy dealings taking place in back-rooms, and what we’re seeing is but the tip of the iceberg.

    I believe this country may be witnessing the first hints of the biggest scandal ever in our history.

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