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Is John Key showing desperation on asset sales?

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From Dear Leader to Desperate Leader?

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John Key

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As pressure continues to grow on John Key to abandon the hugely unpopular state asset sales, his outbursts are becoming more farcical and shrill by the day.

On Newstalk ZB, Key criticised the Green Party for using $75,000 of its taxpayer-funded leaders’ budget to hire staff to collect signatures towards a citizens initiated referendum. He said,

These are the people that said they don’t have enough money to pay for (deaf MP) Mojo Mathers’ technology in Parliament but have enough money for a citizens initiated referendum.  This is a politically-motivated referendum.

See:  Mixed Ownership Model Bill’s final reading

Hear:  NewstalkZB – Prime Minister John Key: June 25

Three points;

  • If John Key wants to go head-to-head on the issue of wasting taxpayers’ money, this blogger is more than happy to supply a list of National’s track record in mis-using and/or wasting our taxes.
  • If what the Green Party is doing is illegal or contrary to Parliamentary Services rules, then why hasn’t John Key laid a formal complaint? If it breaks the rules, then by not taking action he is being complicit in any alleged “wrong doing”.
  • John Key has sunk to an all time low by linking a person’s disability  to attempting to paint an opposition Party as somehow acting “inappropriatley”.  Using a person’s disability to smear an opponant? Low blow, Mr Prime Minister.

This is the ghost of  Muldoonism rearing it’s ugly head from the 1970s.  But more importantly, as pressure continues to be exerted on Key, his true personality will become more apparent to the public.

As we saw in October last year, when a man  attempted to jump from the Parliamentary gallery, to the debating  floor below, Key’s “throat-slitting” gesture was an insight into his vindictiveness,

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Following on, Dear Leader next appeared on TVNZ’s  “Breakfast TV” (25 June), where he uttered this extraordinary comment,

The Green Party… they were the people who led the smacking debate. “

See: John Key, TVNZ Breakfast TV

Why, yes indeed, Mr Prime Minister.

It was also the very same debate and ensuing legislation that was supported by Labour, The Greens, and – the National Party!! The National Party voted for that legislation to be passed through the House.

John Key should know this: he was the Leader of the National Party at the time!

Either Dear Leader’s memory is becoming unreliable, or this is another example of his uncanny talent for re-writing history and mis-representing facts. (Ie; lying.)

Keep it up, Dear Leader; it’s high time the public saw you, and your rotten Party, for what you really are.

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  1. 26 June 2012 at 12:26 am

    Very glad you reminded me re Mr Keys re-occurring amnesia & total lack of empathy and ethics after night I have had Frank..
    John Banks’s is bad enough.. that ALSO reminds me. he has had way too much of a quiet ride since last Monday’s visit.. Wonder how many donations & gift baskets documents etc he has managed to forget this month.;-)

    • 26 June 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Hmmmm, Dear Leader seems to be showing signs of… anxiety?

      Doctor Frank prescribes 2 aspirin; a good night’s sleep; and stopping asset sales. You’ll be right as rain in no time!

      • Storm Murphy
        26 June 2012 at 2:59 pm

        Dr Storm prescribes 3 years in a padded room!

  2. Taura
    26 June 2012 at 11:28 am

    Oh poor Nero. Someone took his fiddle and only his house burns. His walls crumble and his people turn away.

  3. Pseudonym EmmittBrownBTTF1
    26 June 2012 at 11:53 am

    I wonder how long it will take him realises that if he flogs off these assets he’s never be allowed to live in this country again, at least above ground.

    • SpaceMonkey
      26 June 2012 at 12:12 pm

      John Key has no intention of living in this country again. He’s returned to be the face of the corporate elite and deliver the assets to them. That’s the sole agenda and it’s the only issue National hasn’t flip-flopped on (reasons for selling the assets aside).. As we move into a world of peak-everything based on an economic model largely built around scarcity, energy is the number one resource to own. It will, quite simply, be the single point at which means of production can be controlled. Key will be gone soon after the assets are sold.

  4. 26 June 2012 at 12:44 pm

    SpaceMonkey :

    John Key has no intention of living in this country again. He’s returned to be the face of the corporate elite and deliver the assets to them. That’s the sole agenda and it’s the only issue National hasn’t flip-flopped on (reasons for selling the assets aside).. As we move into a world of peak-everything based on an economic model largely built around scarcity, energy is the number one resource to own. It will, quite simply, be the single point at which means of production can be controlled. Key will be gone soon after the assets are sold.

    “Peak everything” – indeed!

    Add to energy scarcity, food and water scarcity, and we can understand why US Marines and NZ soldiers have been training together recently; http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/7162930/Kiwi-soldiers-train-with-Marines-in-US

    We’ll be seeing more and more resource wars as scarcity worsens. No wonder National is linking our military in with our American cuzzies.

    What next? US atomic-powered warships in our harbours again?

  5. noel f
    26 June 2012 at 3:17 pm

    Methinks rewriting history is one way to make yourself feel better about being wrong.

  6. Possum
    26 June 2012 at 3:24 pm

    l think key actually realizes its the puppets behind the scene’s that run the country and he 2 has been put under the bus, big time.

    • noel f
      26 June 2012 at 3:36 pm

      At Uni I did a study of interlocking directorates. My conclusion was that less than 100 people controlled the country and not one of them had been elected. That was when 35% of NZ’s sharemarket was overseas owned. Now it is 75%+.

  7. Janya L
    26 June 2012 at 3:55 pm

    House arrest – to the house in Hawaii

  8. 26 June 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Sociopath; it’s the thought of being disliked that is making him so edgy.

  9. Storm Murphy
    26 June 2012 at 4:33 pm

    To be sure, originally the Settlers Company Parliament was exactly that! A company! Tis no different in this day and age my friends, where the government is Corporate driven.
    As for the Greens supporting a referendum and spending in favour of it, Keys comment against it, to quote : ” This is a politically-motivated referendum. “ Damn straight it is and JK, YOU are the politician that motivated such a move in the first place!

  10. Paul Carruthers
    26 June 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Russell Norman, Metiria Turei, David Shearer, and every other MP in opposition are even bigger idiots than National, and the idiots that voted for National, and the reason why is simple. Those retards just sit there day after day, playing their guitars and wanking on about referendums…..while completely ignoring the obvious scandal that would sink Key and English, and it is staring them and everyone else in the face. It is called “SCF asset sales”. Remember when Bill English said “No fire sales”. He lied. Flat out. An OIA request about the figures the assets have been sold for vs their independent valuations (and his breathless refusals to provide ANY transparency in spite of that request) will provide the first clue.

    Because the opposition are so mind-numbingly deaf, dumb, blind and stupid, this opportunity passes them by. It appears they have decided that it is more palatable to let Key and English manipulate the upcoming court case to continue making it look like it’s all a dead man’s fault (how convenient!) rather than taking a stance that risks the ire of the voters who lost their life savings in other finance company collapses.

    That’s right, Allan Hubbard is the victim of political expediency, and the desire to have a one-size-fits all, let’s conveniently pin it ALL on one man and make him the fall guy for everyone’s rage approach.

    By the time Labour lost in 2008 – those people were ANGRY.

    John Key saw their anger, looked for a convenient lightning rod for them to vent it through, and found it in Allan Hubbard.

    John Key delivered Allan Hubbard to them on a plate.

    Not only did most of you fall for it, but Labour and the Greens know for certain that it was (and is) a travesty of justice, and they deliberately chose to let it happen – because it is simply more fashionable to whip finance company owners in this climate, while we all take the Garth McVicar approach to justice.

    Pathetic.

    Utterly, utterly pathetic.

  11. XYZ
    27 June 2012 at 2:13 am

    Storm Murphy :

    Dr Storm prescribes 3 years in a padded room!

    +1

  12. XYZ
    27 June 2012 at 2:13 pm

    Neil Watts :

    Sociopath; it’s the thought of being disliked that is making him so edgy.

    +1

  13. Red
    28 June 2012 at 12:13 pm

    My whole family is disgusted at what John Key is doing. No one I know supports selling our our state assets. My parents won’t be voting National next time, my dad is spitting tacks! Frank can you send me information how I can download the petition?

  1. 27 June 2012 at 1:16 am

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