National under attack – defaults to Deflection #1
Blaming the Labour Party? Blaming a Party that is not in government, and has been out of office for five years?! How does that even begin to work as sounding plausible?!
This is a new “variant” on the three deflections that National defaults to when it scrambles to avoid taking responsibility for it’s botch-ups. Those three default-deflections are;
- Blame previous Labour government
- Release story on ‘welfare abuse’
- Blame Global Financial Crisis or similar overseas event
In this case blaming the previous Labour government won’t wash. Legal highs/psychoactive substances were barely known prior to 2008.
So it seems that blaming the current Labour Party will have to do instead.
The news-story on the RNZ page made reference to Key claiming “ cabinet decided last Tuesday on a ban but wanted to keep quiet about it to cut down on stockpiling by consumers“.
But listen to the actual interview and words used by Dear Leader;
John Key: “Because the fortyone that we decided some time ago, in principle, we decided the Health Department made the wrong call in giving them a waiver. Now, we-“
Susie Ferguson: “And when did you decide this?”
John Key: “We decided that in Cabinet some while ago.”
Susie Ferguson: “Peter Dunne said it was agreed last Tuesday.”
John Key: “Yup, that’s some while ago…”
Since when “some time ago” equate to last week?
Radio NZ: Labour forced our hand on timing – Key
Radio NZ: PM defends timing of legal highs decision ( audio )
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Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes
This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 29 April 2014.
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