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From the mouth of Dear Leader…

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National Party leader

 

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Every so often, I dip into my files and use one of Dear Leader John Key’s quotes. They are highly useful to illustrate his flip-flops, broken promises, exaggerations, and fibbing, over the years.

They may prove equally useful to the reader. You never quite know when you feel the need to remind a faithful, loyal National Party sycophant that their Leader’s utterances can be quite revealing.

Ladies and Gentlemen, and the good folk on the LGBT spectrum, I present, from the National Party Politburo and Ministry of Truth,

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the Thoughts of (Board) Chairman Key

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re: ASSET SALES – WATER – MAORI

7 February 2012

“In my view no one owns the water. It’s like air, no one owns the air.”

http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/legal-threat-over-asset-sales-4713323

 


 

re: ASSET SALES – WATER – MAORI

9 July 2012

“We don’t believe anybody owns water. What we do accept is that people own water rights. We don’t think the sale of 49 per cent of Mighty River Power in any way impinges on those water rights.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10818360


 

re: ASSET SALES – LIES – EXAGGERATION

26 January 2011

“If we could do that with those five entities … if we can make some savings in terms of what were looking at in the budget and maybe a little on the upside you’re talking about somewhere in the order of $7 to $10 billion less borrowing that the Government could undertake.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4582922/John-Key-reveals-plan-for-asset-sales


 

re: ASSET SALES – LIES – EXAGGERATION
2 January  2011

“I know the polling indicates people don’t necessarily like the concept, but do they like the concept of interest rates going up? Do they like the concept of the economy all of a sudden being controlled by bailout?”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10702285

 


re: ASSET SALES – BUYING “NEW” ASSETS

19 July 2012

“Those points around companies operating more efficiently and effectively have been well made by the Government, as has the view that we’d like to see New Zealanders investing more in their country and the fact that we want to buy new assets without having to incur more debt. I think those points have been made.”

http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/730281858-key-defends-asset-sales-policy-promotion

 


 

re: ASSET SALES – MUMS & DADS FIRST IN QUEUE

6 March 2012

“That’s what we are working our way through at the moment. But the intention is for that retail distribution, that opportunity for mums and dads to buy, to be absolutely front of the queue. They’re my number one priority.”
“We’ve made it absolutely crystal clear what our intentions are..If it comes to mum and dad, and they want to buy 1000 shares or whatever…I want to make sure they get their allocation, they’re not scaled and they’re at the front of the queue.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6530777/Key-No-referendum-on-asset-sales


 

re: ASSET SALES – INVESTMENTS – SHARE MARKETS

23 July 2012

“My view is that the debt element, which allows us to buy other assets without having to put more debt on the balance sheet, is a compelling argument in its own right. But it’s only ever been one of a small number of other factors – making the companies perform better, giving people places to invest, transparency.You’ve got all this money pouring into your KiwiSaver account but where do you invest it? There’s $12 billion there at the moment and it’s the same with mum and dad with their money in the bank.”

http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/push-soe-shares-worries-finance-experts-4979780


 

re: ASSET SALES – ON-SELLING SHARES TO FOREIGNERS

26 June 2012

“You can’t and wouldn’t want to stop them – but the question you have to ask yourself is why would they go and do that? The question comes down to, why would a foreigner find an investment in Mighty River Power to be far more attractive on the long run than a retail investor sitting in Karori? And there’s no logic that they would.”

http://www.3news.co.nz/Cant-stop-asset-shares-being-sold-overseas—John-Key/tabid/817/articleID/259174/Default.aspx#ixzz20Jj4nIKL


 

re: ASSET SALES – AIR NEW ZEALAND MODEL – SAME WITH OTHER SOES

26 June 2012

“They have Government control, but they also are on the market, they have continuous disclosure, they are at arm’s length from the Government, they make commercial decisions, they try and maximise their returns. The same can apply to Mighty River Power, Genesis, Meridian, Solid Energy.”

http://www.3news.co.nz/Cant-stop-asset-shares-being-sold-overseas—John-Key/tabid/817/articleID/259174/Default.aspx#ixzz20Jj4nIKL

 


 

re: ASSET SALES – WATER- MAORI – REJECT WAITANGI DECISION

July 10, 2012

“We could choose to ignore what findings they might have – I’m not saying we would, but we could.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10818534


 

re: ASSET SALES – $7-$10 BILLION

26 January 2011

“If we could do that with those five entities … if we can make some savings in terms of what were looking at in the budget and maybe a little on the upside you’re talking about somewhere in the order of $7 to $10 billion less borrowing that the Government could undertake.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4582922/John-Key-reveals-plan-for-asset-sales


 

re: ASSET SALES – PROPERTY – FINANCE COMPANIES

22 July 2012

“But for a number of reasons, New Zealanders have tended to put their savings into property, term deposits and finance companies. We own relatively low levels of financial assets like shares, compared to people in other countries. “

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/national-news/7325745/Kiwis-encouraged-to-take-up-SOE-shares

 


 

re: ASSET SALES – WATER- MAORI – REJECT WAITANGI DECISION

10 July 2012

“In the same way we don’t think anyone owns the sea and we don’t think anyone owns air.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/7254329/Harawira-criticises-Key-over-Maori-water-claim?

 


 

re: ASSET SALES – STOCK MARKET

23 July 2012

Key said one of his motivators for selling assets is growing the stock market in New Zealand, which is currently 25% of the country’s GDP, while in Australia it is 80% of its GDP.

“You’ve got all this money pouring into your KiwiSaver account but where do you invest it? There’s $12 billion there at the moment and it’s the same with mum and dad with their money in the bank.”

http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/push-soe-shares-worries-finance-experts-4979780

 


 

re: CHARTER SCHOOLS

3 August 2012

“If they don’t work then the Government will close them down very quickly – if they do work then it will be great for the children involved.”

 

http://www.odt.co.nz/news/politics/220109/pm-vows-charter-schools-out-door-if-they-fail


 

re: COMPANIES GONE OFFSHORE

1 July 2011

“Basically it’s about using innovation to drive our economy. We have some of these companies already – the likes of Fisher and Paykel*, Tait and Rakon*. Our world-leading dairy industry also owes much of its success to innovation.”

http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=36398

Fisher & Paykel is now Chinese-owned, and Rakon shifted half  it’s manufacturing to China in 2011/12.

 


 

re: CRIME – TAKING CREDIT

3 July 2012

“The Government is committed to keeping New Zealanders safe – on our streets and in our communities. We’ve delivered the lowest crime rate in 30 years, but we want to continue to keep driving the crime rate down.” 

http://johnkey.co.nz/archives/1473-Prime-Minister-welcomes-first-action-plan.html

 


re: DEBT – LABOUR’S SURPLUS – ASSET SALES

4 March 2005

“Firstly let me start by saying that New Zealand does not face the balance sheet crisis of 1984, or even of the early 1990s. Far from having dangerously high debt levels, gross debt to GDP is around a modest 25 percent and net debt may well be zero by 2008.”
“In other words, there is no longer any balance sheet reason to justify an aggressive privatisation programme of the kind associated with the 1980s Labour Government.”

 

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0503/S00102.htm

 


 

re: DEBT – LABOUR’S SURPLUS

[undated]

“The level of public debt in New Zealand was $8 billion when National came into office in 2008. It’s now $53 billion, and it’s forecast to rise to $72 billion in 2016. Without selling minority shares in five companies, it would rise to $78 billion. Our total investment liabilities, which cover both public and private liabilities, are $150 billion – one of the worst in the world because of the high levels of private debt in New Zealand.”

 

http://www.national.org.nz/mixed-ownership.aspx


 

re: DEBT – LABOUR’S SURPLUS

 

9 December 2013

“If you go back to 2005, when the previous government were in office, they had a number, you know, a little bit less than ours, but not a lot less, there was a 180,000 children in poverty, I think this shows 240,000 on that measure.

Back then, New Zealand recorded the biggest surplus in New Zealand’s history…”

@ 2.45

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/mind-gap-key-tackles-child-poverty-video-5766147


 

re: EDUCATION – FREE EDUCATION

29 January 2008

 

“Because we don’t think it’s fair that a 16- or 17-year-old can get a free education at their local high school, but is asked to front up with as much as $4,000 in fees for a work-skills course at their local polytechnic. ” 

http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleId=11772


 

re: ENVIRONMENT – GLOBAL WARMING

28 November 2006

“When I left university, if anyone had heard of global warming they were keeping it to themselves. Now, no one with any awareness of the world can be ignorant of it. It is a mystery to me why the political Left acts as if it has a monopoly on environmental policies, when it is obvious to anyone who cares to look that all of us, across the political spectrum, with the exception perhaps of the Greens, have taken too long to put the protection of our environment at the forefront of our thinking. That needs to change. In the National Party we have taken steps to do this, and we will be taking more steps.”

http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=8778

 

 


 

re: ENVIRONMENT – GLOBAL WARMING

6 September 2008

“What global Leaders know, and what the National Party knows, is that environmentalism and a commitment to economic growth must go hand in hand. We should be wary of anyone who claims that one can or should come without the other.

And we should always measure a Government’s environmental rhetoric against its environmental record.” 

http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleId=28477


re: EXCUSES FOR POOR ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE – GFC – RECESSION

16 September 2012

“The point here is we can’t magic away the European recession or the US recession or the issues the world faces. “

TVNZ Q+A
http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/interview-prime-minister-john-key-5085886

 

 


 

re: EXCUSES FOR POOR ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE – GFC

11 September 2011

“We did inherit a pretty bad situation with the global financial crisis. We have had three terrible earthquakes in Christchurch. We have had the collapse of finance companies. We have had to bail out what is, in terms of the earthquakes, the single biggest economic impact on a developed economy as the result of a disaster. The public don’t agree with every decision… but I think they believe on balance it’s been a tough three years and we’ve handled most things well. The second thing is it’s all relative. Yes, our unemployment went to 7 per cent and now it’s 6.5, but in America it’s 9 per cent officially and 14 per cent unofficially and in Spain it’s 20 per cent… “

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/5602953/View-from-the-top


re: EXCUSES FOR POOR ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE – GFC

17 November 2011

“While I think we have to acknowledge that the last three years have been pretty tough with the Global Financial Crisis, on a relative basisNew Zealand’s been doing a better than a lot of other countries.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/readers-reporter/5977596/Key-and-Goff-Q-A-Creating-jobs

 


 

re: FARM SALES

27 July 2010

“If we ended up in a position where New Zealanders are tenants in their own country, I can’t see how that would be in New Zealand’s best interests.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10661724

 

2 February 2012

“No where is that better illustrated than in the Crafar farm deal where the tenant will be a Government state-owned enterprise, Landcorp.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/6352464/Investors-should-not-have-to-live-here-Key-says

 


 

re: FAMILIES

28 November 2006

 

“As a husband and father, the things I value most in life are not anything you’ll see listed on the Stock Exchange. I think all New Zealanders would agree that the security, happiness and welfare of their family, which is also dependent on the security and welfare of their community and country, is the most precious thing to them.

http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=8778

 


 

re: FAMILIES – JUDGING OTHER FAMILIES

28 November 2006

 

“I support families. In modern New Zealand they come in many shapes and sizes, so let me tell you that I for one will not pre-judge the construction of them. They are in my view the most important institution in our society, and any government I have the privilege of leading will do what it can to support them. “

http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleID=8778

 


 

re: FINLAND – NZ INCOME DECLINE

1 July 2011

 

“Finland is another example of our relative decline. In 1979 our per capita income lines crossed – New Zealand going down and Finland going up. The Finns are now about 20 percent ahead of us.”

http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=36398

 


 

re: GOVERNMENT – ELECTIONS – MMP

2 July 2013

“But it’s been a funny thing. Ever since we’ve had MMP in 1996 the public have had a way of finding the Government that they want.”

“If National was to go out there and poll 46% or 47% – very similar to the result in 2011 – and not form the Government I think there would be outrage in NZ.”

 

http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/key-rethinks-options-form-next-govt-5484600


 

re: HEALTH – PRESCRIPTIONS

14 May 2012

“This is the first increase in any prescription charges in 20 years and New Zealand will continue to have low prescription charges compared to almost every other developed country. We could have chosen to leave prescription charges at $3 and had less money to spend on health or said to New Zealanders ‘look, we think you paying a small increase more will give you much more peace of mind.'”

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/rise-in-prescription-charges-not-fair-labour-4887239

 


 

re: HOUSING BUBBLE

 

22 November 2008

“For well over a decade a glut of global credit created an illusion of almost limitless liquidity that in turn fuelled an unsustainable credit boom. This capital was mainly sourced from offshore.

The result of these seemingly unlimited foreign-capital flows was that New Zealanders were able to rely on cheap fixed-rate debt, which in turn drove house prices ever higher.

While the Reserve Bank worked hard to lean against these trends, the credit glut weighed against our Reserve Bank’s power to contain demand through monetary policy adjustments. “

http://www.johnkey.co.nz/index.php?/archives/580-Address-to-the-CEO-Summit,-APEC-Business-Advisory-Council-ABAC.html

 

 


 

re: INCOME INEQUALITY – LIE
2 August 2011

Hon PHIL GOFF (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that “I think we all have to accept that there is a degree of inequality in New Zealand”; if so, has he read any recent reports on the growing gap between rich and poor in New Zealand?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): Yes, I do stand by that statement, and I have excellent news for the member: a very detailed scientific report on income equality actually went up on the Ministry of Social Development’s website at 2 o’clock today. It is titled Household Incomes in New Zealand. The report shows that the degree of income inequality in New Zealand, under standard measures like the Gini coefficient or the 80:20 ratio, has actually fallen in recent years. I go on to say that in fact the report shows that the distribution of income in New Zealand is more even now than it was at any time under the previous Labour Government. So I point out to the member that he is quite wrong to say the gap between the rich and the poor has been growing; in fact, it has been reducing. I urge the member to read the report.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1108/S00041/questions-and-answers-august-2.htm


 

re: INTEREST RATE RISES

13 March 2014

“It’s true we are the only developed country in the world that’s currently raising interest rates, but that’s because we are growing at a faster rate than most other countries around the world and we’ve got a very robust outlook. So while I think there will be some disappointment and frustration from homeowners, on the other side of the coin they can take real confidence that the strong economy will underpin good job opportunities and probably wage growth over time.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/9822918/Mortgage-pain-time-OCR-rises-to-2-75-per-cent

 


 

re: JOBS – INCOMES – WAGES – TAXES

27 May 2007

“We think Kiwis deserve higher wages and lower taxes during their working lives, as well as a good retirement.”

http://www.johnkey.co.nz/archives/135-SPEECH-National-Tough-on-Crime.html


 

re: JOBS – INCOMES – WAGES – MIGRATION

 

6 September 2008

“We want to make New Zealand an attractive place for our children and grandchildren to live – including those who are currently living in Australia, the UK, or elsewhere. To stem that flow so we must ensure Kiwis can receive competitive after-tax wages in New Zealand.”

 

http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleId=28477


 

re: JOBS – INCOMES – WAGES

29 January 2008

“We will be unrelenting in our quest to lift our economic growth rate and raise wage rates.”

http://www.johnkey.co.nz/archives/306-SPEECH-2008-A-Fresh-Start-for-New-Zealand.html


 

 

re: JOBS – INCOMES – WAGES

15 July 2009

I don’t want our talented young people leaving permanently for Australia, the US, Europe, or Asia, because they feel they have to go overseas to better themselves.”

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0907/S00173/speech-key-business-breakfast-150709.htm


 

 

re: JOBS – INCOMES – WAGES

12 March 2010

Science and innovation are important. They’re one of the keys to growing our economy, raising wages, and providing the world-class public services that Kiwi families need.”

http://www.johnkey.co.nz/archives/905-Boosting-Science-and-Innovation.html


 

re: JOBS – INCOMES – WAGES

21 December 2011

“The driving goal of my Government is to build a more competitive and internationally-focused economy with less debt, more jobs and higher incomes.” – John Key,

http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?ArticleId=37752


re: JOBS – INCOMES – WAGES

8 February 2011

“We will also continue our work to increase the incomes New Zealanders earn. That is a fundamental objective of our plan to build a stronger economy.”

http://www.beehive.govt.nz/feature/statement-parliament-2011


 

re: JOBS – INCOMES – WAGES

19 April 2012

“We want to increase the level of earnings and the level of incomes of the average New Zealander and we think we have a quality product with which we can do that.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/6769026/Key-wants-a-high-wage-NZ?

 

 


 

re: JOBS – UNEMPLOYMENT – WANT A JOB

25 November 2012

“Because at a high level, my belief is every single New Zealander wants to work, wants to provide for their family, wants independence and wants the comfort that comes from the knowledge that you can pay the bills and look after your family in the way that you want to. That’s the ambition of New Zealanders. “

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1211/S00355/shane-taurima-interviews-john-key.htm


 

re: JOBS – UNEMPLOYMENT – WANT A JOB

17 November 2011

“We salute your willingness to want to go get a job, ‘cos we believe that’s what most New Zealanders want to do.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/readers-reporter/5977596/Key-and-Goff-Q-A-Creating-jobs


 

re: JOBS – UNEMPLOYMENT – GOVT’s RESPONSIBILITY

17 November 2011

“We agree with you, it’s the government’s responsibility to do everything within it’s powers to try to get people jobs.” – John Key,

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/readers-reporter/5977596/Key-and-Goff-Q-A-Creating-jobs


 

re: JOBS – 170,000 NEW JOBS

“National’s Brighter Future Plan will help businesses create 170,000 new jobs over the next four years.”

(election flyer)

http://www.national.org.nz/OOF/flyer.pdf


 

re: JOBS – AUSTRALIA – LABOUR

22 July 2012

“They say no to jobs that are coming from Australia and they even said no to those cute, furry, fluffy little hobbits. And the latest thing is they want the unions to help elect their leader – well good luck with that one”.

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/111289/joyce-hits-out-at-labour-%27hypocrisy%27


 

re: JOBS – JOB CREATION BY BUSINESS

24 August 2012

“Nothing creates jobs and boosts incomes better than business growth. For New Zealand to build a more productive and competitive economy, we need more innovative companies out there selling their products on the world stage.”  

http://johnkey.co.nz/archives/1507-Key-Notes-Honouring-our-fallen-soldiers.html


 

re: JOBS – JOB CREATION BY BUSINESS – NOT ENOUGH JOBS

28 February 2012

“It’s true, ultimately if every one was to get off welfare we’d need to create even more jobs, but that’s the Government’s whole agenda is to have a vibrant economy that does produce jobs. I certainly accept there’s not a job for every single person, but I don’t accept there aren’t some jobs out there.” 

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/6489372/Welfare-changes-just-the-start

 


 

re: JOBS – LOST JOBS

8 February 2011

“Under the last Labour Government the economy got way out of balance. Since 2004, almost 60 per cent of new jobs have been in heavily government-dominated sectors, while jobs were lost in the export-focused agricultural and manufacturing sectors.”

http://www.beehive.govt.nz/feature/statement-parliament-2011


re: MIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA – POOR ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE

15 July 2009

“I don’t want our talented young people leaving permanently for Australia, the US, Europe, or Asia, because they feel they have to go overseas to better themselves. That’s why this Government is focused squarely on improving New Zealand’s economic performance. And to be frank, New Zealand’s economic performance over a number of years has been disappointing. “

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0907/S00173/speech-key-business-breakfast-150709.htm


 

re: MIGRATION TO AUSTRALIA – HIGHER WAGES

6 September 2008

“One of National’s key goals, should we lead the next Government, will be to stem the flow of New Zealanders choosing to live and work overseas. We want to make New Zealand an attractive place for our children and grandchildren to live – including those who are currently living in Australia, the UK, or elsewhere. To stem that flow so we must ensure Kiwis can receive competitive after-tax wages in New Zealand. We must cut taxes and grow our economy, and National will have policies to ensure both occur.” 

http://www.johnkey.co.nz/archives/454-SPEECH-Environment-Policy-Launch.html

 


 

re: MINIMUM WAGE

10 November 2011

“Look, I think it would be very difficult for anyone to do that.”

http://www.3news.co.nz/Raising-minimum-wage-wont-cost-jobs—Treasury/tabid/419/articleID/232338/Default.aspx


 

re: NATIONAL MPS

27 May 2007

“New Zealanders chose National MPs to replace them because National MPs can be trusted to listen and work hard for the causes their constituents care about.” 

http://www.johnkey.co.nz/archives/135-SPEECH-National-Tough-on-Crime.html


 

re: OUT ON PAROLE – COMMITTING CRIME

13 May 2007

“Karl Kuchenbecker – a good man, a father of two young boys – was tragically killed by a man on parole. A man who should have been locked up for life. A Government I lead will not put up with that. “

http://johnkey.co.nz/categories/9-Key-Notes/pages/connect/%20http/%20http/index.php?/archives/115-SPEECH-50-by-50-New-Zealands-Climate-Change-Target.html


 

re: POVERTY

9 December 2013

 

“If you go back to 2005, when the previous government were in office, they had a number, you know, a little bit less than ours, but not a lot less, there was a 180,000 children in poverty, I think this shows 240,000 on that measure.

Back then, New Zealand recorded the biggest surplus in New Zealand’s history…”

@ 2.45

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/mind-gap-key-tackles-child-poverty-video-5766147


 

re: RESPONSIBILITY

27 May 2007

“The National Party is built on age-tested principles that reflect what is best about New Zealand. We are a party of enterprise; a party of personal freedom and individual responsibility; a party of family; an inclusive party; a party of ambition.”

 

http://www.johnkey.co.nz/archives/135-SPEECH-National-Tough-on-Crime.html


 

re: RESPONSIBILITY

30 January 2007

“We also need to remember the enduring principles on which the National Party is based – individual responsibility, support for families and communities, and a belief that the State can’t and shouldn’t do everything.”

http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=9215


 

re: TAX CUTS – RAISING TAXES – GST – LIE

10 February 2010/2008

“National is not going to be raising GST. National wants to cut taxes not raise taxes.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/3311679/Key-no-GST-rise-video-emerges


 

re: TAX CUTS – LIE

19 November 2011

“We actually cancelled the first round of personal tax cuts in 2009/10,” he says. But Key is wrong. Despite calls from many commentators to cancel them, National passed its first round of tax cuts into law by December 2008, forgoing $1 billion a year in government revenue from April 2009, even though it was apparent tax revenue was about to take a dive in the wake the global recession. What National did do was defer its second round of tax cuts, worth $900 million a year, and instead rolled them into a 2010 tax package that included raising GST. Key cites the 2010 tax package, which raised GST to 15% while cutting personal tax rates, as another tough-minded decision…”

http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/can-john-key-lead-us-through-the-global-debt-crisis/

 


 

re: TAX CUTS – COST OF 2009 TAX CUTS

1 April 2009

“…The tax cuts we have delivered today will inject an extra $1 billion into the economy over the coming year, thereby helping to stimulate the economy during this recession. More important, over the longer term these tax cuts will reward hard work and help to encourage people to invest in their own skills, in order to earn and keep more money.”

http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Business/QOA/d/d/a/49HansQ_20090401_00000001-1-Tax-Cuts-Implementation.htm

 


 

re: TAX CUTS JUSTIFICATION

1 April 2009

“… The reason why we are having tax cuts at this time is that if we look at most of the stimulatory packages in countries around the world and not just in New Zealand, we see they have a tax cut component as part of those packages, and that is an important stimulatory part of those economies. In my view, if we were not to do that, then we would drive our economy into a much deeper recession… “

http://theyworkforyou.co.nz/portfolios/prime_minister/2009/apr/01/tax_cuts_1

 

 


 

re: TAXPAYERS BAILING OUT CORPORATIONS

22 November 2008

“So now the party is over and the taxpayers of the world are left to underwrite – in one form or another – the liabilities and obligations of banks and, by extension, their hedge-fund clientele. “

http://www.johnkey.co.nz/index.php?/archives/580-Address-to-the-CEO-Summit,-APEC-Business-Advisory-Council-ABAC.html


 

re: THIRTY YEARS AGO – LIFE DIFFERENT THAN BACK THEN

30 January 2007

“However, things are different now than they were 30 years ago. It used to be that any street in any community could be the launching pad for a happy and fulfilling life. That’s not the case anymore. Today many are being left behind.

There are streets in our country where helplessness has become ingrained. There are streets of people who believe they are locked out of everyday New Zealand the way most of us experience it, and are locked into a way of life for which the exit signs and the road maps have long since been discarded. These streets have become dead ends for those who live in them.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10421543


re: THIS IS OUR COUNTRY

30 January 2007

“We are not four million spectators, having a passing interest in someone else’s game. This is our country; we make the rules and we should decide its direction.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10421543


 

re: TRANS PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP – AUSTRALIA

15 June 2012

“I would be very surprised. I think we’re all in or all out. An exclusion solely for Australia and not for everybody else is unlikely to be something we would support.”

TPP: Australia odd man out over disputes
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10813233

 


 

re: WELFARE STATE – JOHN KEY – BENEFICIARY BACKING

27 August 2011

“I’m a product of the welfare state – there hasn’t been any great secret about that.”

http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/5516068/Socialist-streak-just-means-we-have-a-heart-says-Key

“My father died when I was young. My mother was, for a time, on the Widow’s Benefit, and also worked as a cleaner. But the State ensured that I had a roof over my head and money for my mother to put food on the table. It also gave me the opportunity to have a good education. My mother made sure I took that opportunity, and the rest was up to me.”

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10421543

30 January 2007

” I have said before that I believe in the welfare state and that I will never turn my back on it.

We should be proud to be a country that looks after its most vulnerable citizens. We should be proud to be a country that supports people when they can’t find work, are ill, or aren’t able to work. “

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10421543

28 November 2006

“You can measure a society by how it looks after its most vunerable, once I was one of them. I will never turn my back on that.” 

http://www.johnkey.co.nz/archives/44-Speech-to-North-Shore-National-Party-luncheon.html

 


 

re: WELFARE STATE – JOHN KEY – BENEFICIARY BASHING

17 February 2011

“But it is also true that anyone on a benefit actually has a lifestyle choice. If one budgets properly, one can pay one’s bills. And that is true because the bulk of New Zealanders on a benefit do actually pay for food, their rent and other things. Now some make poor choices and they don’t have money left.” 

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10706851

 


 

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 4 April 2014.

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  1. Priss
    18 April 2014 at 3:12 pm

    “You can measure a society by how it looks after its most vunerable, once I was one of them. I will never turn my back on that.”

    My stomach heaved when I read that! His government have been turfing state tenants out of their homes and are set to throw even more out in the coming months.

    The man is a hypocrite!

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