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The radio station, the newspaper columnist, and Dear Leader

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In another of her  mouthpiece columns for the official Party Line,  NZ Herald columnist (and National Party fan),  Fran O’Sullivan wrote a glowing report on how jolly well John Key was doing,

”  Finally, the PM is putting a stamp on his Government as he lifts its tempo and gets some serious purchase on major issues.

So far Key is making reasonable headway as he stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Cabinet ministers while they unveil pre-Budget announcements on hot issues, such as Paula Bennett’s on welfare reform.

However, two comments stood out in Ms O’Sullivan’s cheerleading piece.  One raised this blogger’s hackles – the other seemed totally at variance with reality.

The hackle-raising bit;

”  What is on the TPP table from the US perspective is a “gold standard 21st century deal” which is more focused on complex economic integration issues which impact on national sovereignty.

There will be much more water under the TPP bridge before a deal is cemented. And Key will have to deploy considerable salesmanship to make those tradeoffs (if the deal is done) palatable to New Zealanders.  “

Pardon?!

“Palatable to New Zealanders” ?!?!

What – pray tell – is Ms O’Sullivan referring to? What inside-info is she privy to, that us lesser mortals are not aware of?

One thing that we do know is that John Key  has absolutely no hesitation in doing back-room deals which he may believe “benefits the country” – but in the long-term would create a social/economic mess for a future government to deal with.

Let’s be clear: Key is a creature of the financial world where quick, short-term gains are the order of the day – and devil take the hindmost. And never mind the consequences.

That is how the global financial crisis came about; very shrewd, clever, highly educated men and women – doing dumb, irresponsible things.

The question that begs to be asked – and answered – what “unpalatable” things is Key contemplating? What the hell is he up to???

And what will it cost us?

Next – the bit that seems “at variance with reality”,

”  But Key has more than held his own on television programmes such as Campbell Live or on Radio NZ’s Morning Report against critical news presenters trying to expose chinks in his political spin.  “

Now, this blogger might be wrong, but when, precisely, did John Key last front to be interviewed or answer questions on Radio NZ?  Not just ‘Morning Report’ – but any part of Radio NZ?

Every time Key has been invited to speak on Radio NZ (aside from last year’s election campaign), he has refused point blank.

If Ms O’Sullivan is aware of something that this blogger has missed, then so be it. We would stand corrected.

In the meantime, the perception is that Dear Leader is “gun shy” of Radio NZ. His Smile & Wave persona doesn’t work quite so well on radio – especially when the interviewer is a professional. Not a right wing lackey and mouthpiece,  such as Leighton Smith on NewstalkZB.

Perhaps Key is aware that not only is his media “honeymoon” well and truly over – but divorce proceedings have begun.

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Does this man never learn?!

Reference

Key gets serious over NZ’s major issues

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  1. 17 May 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Hi. A bit off topic but this had me smiling at both National and Labour.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/6938888/New-Zealand-removed-from-EU-white-list

    New Zealand removed from EU ‘white list’

  2. 17 May 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Yes, indeed. I noticed that article as well, Siena, only about ten minutes ago.

    I think it speaks volumes about where our society and economy is heading. Especially when Key tried to make NZ into a tax haven for Wall St financiers; https://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/does-this-man-never-learn/

    I think New Zealanders need to realise that Key’s background as a “money mover” is impacting negatively on our country – and is starting to affect our international standing.

  3. Theodore
    17 May 2012 at 4:23 pm

    Siena Denton (@fury12) :

    Hi. A bit off topic but this had me smiling at both National and Labour.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/6938888/New-Zealand-removed-from-EU-white-list

    New Zealand removed from EU ‘white list’

    We’re rapidly becoming the laughing stock of the international community. All thanks to that grinning fool. Key should have stuck to speculating on the money markets. He has no imagination for anything else.

    Shame on every New Zealander who voted for him!

  4. overitsobad
    17 May 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Re: Tax Haven for Wall St financiers. Check out Angel Investors and this speech… http://angelhq.co.nz/ – the fourth paragraph from the bottom…all these guys are mates of our Dear Leader.

    Do you have any idea what the gold standard 21st deal might be?! Sounds incredibly scary.
    Hey, btw, totally glad I stumbled upon your blog today. It’s really great 🙂

  5. 17 May 2012 at 10:21 pm

    overitsobad :

    Re: Tax Haven for Wall St financiers. Check out Angel Investors and this speech… http://angelhq.co.nz/ – the fourth paragraph from the bottom…all these guys are mates of our Dear Leader.

    Do you have any idea what the gold standard 21st deal might be?! Sounds incredibly scary.
    Hey, btw, totally glad I stumbled upon your blog today. It’s really great :)

    Thanks for that, ‘O’. Yes, I clicked on your link and read it. That fourth paragraph – I must admit to feeling uneasy about it. I’m not so sure I appreciate my homeland being described as a “bolthole”.

    And this bit – “Oh, and there’s no capital gains tax” – That’s nothing to crow about. A lack of CGT means some people are getting away without paying their fair share. And that puts unfair pressure on those who do pay, and on our state services.

    I haven’t looked into any aspect of the “gold standard” thing you referred to. There is so much demanding my attention, and so few hours in the day. (As it was, my last blogpost took me to 3 in the morning today, following up on leads. I think I may need to start hiring staff to help me… )

    Oh, I’m certain Dear Leader has mates all throughout Wall St. Maybe even a few in prison by now (hopefully).

    I’m glad you like my Blog. Trust me, there’s plenty of issues to share with folks… ! (I have four blogposts in preparation and ‘on the go’ at the moment.) 🙂

  6. 17 May 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Theodore :

    Siena Denton (@fury12) :

    Hi. A bit off topic but this had me smiling at both National and Labour.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/6938888/New-Zealand-removed-from-EU-white-list

    New Zealand removed from EU ‘white list’

    We’re rapidly becoming the laughing stock of the international community. All thanks to that grinning fool. Key should have stuck to speculating on the money markets. He has no imagination for anything else.

    Shame on every New Zealander who voted for him!

    Indeed, Theodore…

  1. 17 January 2013 at 3:17 pm

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