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John Key Twits

A recent twitter from Dear Leader caught my eye…


Key Twitting

Source: Twitter


Which is remarkable, as only last year, John Key had this to say about low-paid workers (predominantly women) in the aged care sector,



Source: Fairfax Media –  PM: No money for aged care workers


Indeed, he was dismissive about any increase for low-paid workers,

It’s one of those things we’d love to do if we had the cash. As the country moves back to surplus it’s one of the areas we can look at but I think most people would accept this isn’t the time we have lots of extra cash.” – John Key, 28 May, 2012

As a sop to criticism, he added,

Key this morning acknowledged there were problems with rural rest homes workers paying for their own travel, effectively reducing their wage below the minimum wage of $13.50 an hour.

Travel is one of those areas where we are looking at what we can do.”

Source: IBID

His committment to find other ways to remunerate low-paid workers of course never amounted to anything. They never do.

Of course, Key’s lament of a lack of cash hasn’t stopped government ministers, SOE executives, and departmental heads from generous salary increases.  Nor throwing massive corporate welfare-subsidies at Rio Tinto, Warner Bros, Rugby World CupSouthern China Airlines, a golf tournament, etc, etc.

Every low-paid, exploited, worker in this country has a vested interest in voting at the next election.

Getting rid of this repugnant, self-serving government is the only way to make Key’s tweet above become a reality for those who most need it.

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 23 September 2013.




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Health Minister circumvents law to fulfill 2008 election bribe?

Aged Care: The Price of Compassion



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  1. 27 September 2013 at 10:16 am

    Not to mention the Americas Cup!….

  2. 18 October 2013 at 11:32 am

    Ironic that when it comes to giving themselves a pay rise it’s kosher and they’re totally worthy of such (except they’re making a pigs ear and screwing the country after the pay rise) and have no problems as was the case a couple years back I think. Meanwhile people at the bottom of the pile are not worthy of so much as a bean per hour rise. Nice one.

  3. 18 October 2013 at 11:35 am

    PS: I was referring to this pay rise here:


    Cool huh.

  4. Theodore
    19 October 2013 at 8:23 am

    There’s always money when they want it. But never when we, the people, need it. Shameful. But mofre shameful that so many New Zealanders think this is ok.

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