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Letter to the Editor: Key responds to the asset referendum voter turnout

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FROM:    "f.macskasy"
SUBJECT: Letters to the editor
DATE:    Saturday, 14 December 2013 12:07:32
TO:      NZ Herald <letters@herald.co.nz> 

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The Editor
NZ Herald

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Predictably, Key has dismissed the asset sale referendum,

    “Well, the numbers don’t look like they’re that
significant. I mean at the moment it’s sitting at around
about 40 per cent.     That’s not absolutely amazing,
it’s not overwhelmingly opposed. But the people who are
motivated to vote will be those who are going to vote
against.” 

Let's be clear here: 1,297,281 voting papers were returned
in the Referendum.

If  1,297,281 referendum votes are not signficant - contrast
that to the 1,058,638 who voted National in 2011. Are they
also not "significant" or "absolutely amazing"?

Not very bright of Dear Leader Key to so casually dismiss
1,058,638 National voters. Come the next election, those
voters may look elsewhere where their support is more
valued. And listened to.

Because one thing seems fairly clear; Key has stopped
listening.

-Frank Macskasy
(address & phone number supplied)

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Reference

Fairfax media: Two-thirds of voters oppose asset sales

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  1. Mick
    14 December 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Key is suffering from a condition. In turn the people of New Zealand will suffer the results of his deluded decision making .
    The “condition” is psychological in nature it is called “hubris”.
    dictionary.com explains it simply as …
    “huris…excessive pride or self-confidence; arrogance. ”

    wkipedia explains like this …
    “Hubris (/ˈhjuːbrɪs/, also hybris, from ancient Greek ὕβρις), means extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence, accomplishments or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power. The adjectival form of the noun hubris is “hubristic”.

    Also from wikipedia this is worth reading …
    “Modern usage

    In its modern usage, hubris denotes overconfident pride and arrogance. Hubris is often associated with a lack of humility, though not always with the lack of knowledge. Those accused of hubris often come from higher social backgrounds, such as politicians or wealthy celebrities, than the accuser, who accuses them of having marginal experience with the realities of the topics they attempt to address. An accusation of hubris often implies that suffering or punishment will follow, similar to the occasional pairing of hubris and nemesis in Greek society. The proverb “pride goeth (goes) before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall” (from the biblical Book of Proverbs, 16:18) is thought to sum up the modern use of hubris. It is also referred to as “pride that blinds”, as it often causes one accused of hubris to act in foolish ways that belie common sense. In other words, the modern definition may be thought of as, “that pride that goes just before the fall”. More recently, in his two-volume biography of Adolf Hitler, historian Ian Kershaw uses both ‘hubris’ and ‘nemesis’ as titles. The first volume, Hubris,[5] describes Hitler’s early life and rise to power. The second, Nemesis,[6] gives details of Hitler’s role in the Second World War, and concludes with his fall and suicide in 1945.

    Examples of hubris are often found in fiction, most famously in Paradise Lost, John Milton’s depiction of the biblical Lucifer. Victor in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein manifests hubris in his attempt to become a great scientist by causing life through technological means, but eventually regrets this previous desire. Marlowe’s play Doctor Faustus portrays the eponymous character as a scholar whose arrogance and pride compel him to sign a deal with the Devil, and retain his haughtiness until his death and damnation, despite the fact that he could easily have repented had he chosen to do so.

    An example of hubris in modern public life is given by Sir David Omand, former head of GCHQ, who defended the closeness of Britain’s intelligence relationship with the US, telling BBC Radio 4′s Today programme: “We have the brains. They have the money. It’s a collaboration that’s worked very well.”[7]”

    So we clearly are victims of a man and his hubris ,both National voters and all others.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubris
    – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/12/14/has-key-just-insulted-1058638-national-voters/#comment-160529

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