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Dear Leader caught telling porkies (again)?!




Oh dear, it seems that Dear Leader has been caught out (again) being creative with facts. According to Hansards, on 20 February, Key told the House,


Hansard debates - john key - skycity 20 feb 2013



Slight problem though… None of it was true.

TVNZ has come out, effectively  rubbishing Key’s comments on any supposed land sale to Skycity,


PM forced to back down over TVNZ claim



To put this into a time-linear context,

20 February

John Key said:

“It is pretty straightforward. Skycity, after it decided it would be prepared to enter an expression of interest process to have a larger convention centre, went off to its architects. Its architects designed such a thing, realised they needed more land, worked out who owned the land, and approached Television New Zealand…


I cannot speak for the Television New Zealand board, but I am finding it reasonably hard to believe that Television New Zealand entered a commercial agreement with Skycity to sell land that it owned, and it did so without its board knowing. If that happened, then maybe its board process needs to be improved, and maybe the mixed-ownership model would work for it…”

21 February

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kendrick said:

“I’ve only been involved since May of last year, but we’ve seen the speculation in the media same as everybody else and so we’ve acknowledged that is a topic that’s live. We’ve yet to have any approaches from SkyCity about the land.”

Which means that Dear Leader either made it up; or one of his Advisors has mis-led him; or he’s talking about some Skycity-TVNZ deal from a Parallel Universe Earth.

At any rate, it kind of reminds me of this incident,  from October 2011,


S&P contradicts Key downgrade claim




That’s quite a dodgy rep that Dear Leader is developing…

Continued at: Dear Leader caught telling porkies (again)?! (part rua)




* Note

Hansards can be “corrected” by MPs and Ministers. The screen capture above was taken at 5.20pm on 21 February, prior to any “amendments” being made.


NZ Herald: Sky City report ‘deeply disturbing’ (20 Feb 2013)



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  1. uncle charley
    22 February 2013 at 12:48 am


  2. Vagabundo
    22 February 2013 at 7:51 am

    I wonder what bennie-bashing scheme will be announced in the coming days.

    • Neil
      22 February 2013 at 1:42 pm

      It’s already been done – a revisit of the dob in a beni scheme they used years ago.

  3. Allyson Lock
    22 February 2013 at 10:36 am

    WOW he looks VERY uncomfortable in that video!! I want to get him on a mic like that and ask him why he won’t fund meds for dying people! Wouldn’t that be interesting? Bet he would be squirming big time!

  1. 22 February 2013 at 11:23 am
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