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Guest Author: An Open Letter to John Key – Why should the PM be any different?

– Tim O’Shea



Up Yours, New Zealand




Dear John

This is a message for you – please refer to the attached photo.

I just wanted to make it clear that this is from me personally, as an individual, as a person, as someone’s brother, cousin, father and uncle. I’m not going to hide behind a weak excuse that I am instead doing this as an employee, as a professional, or any other weak as piss argument.

We are all accountable for our words and actions – we can not, with any credibility or integrity, even half-reasonably suggest that we can somehow separate or distance ourselves from inappropriate actions and behaviour on the basis that we did it as an individual, or “in the line of duty”, or vice versa!

We expect high standards from our All Blacks, or for that matter, anyone representing New Zealand. Would we accept the excuse that “I got pissed the night before a test match as an individual, not as an AB”?

Why should the PM be any different? This is the most important and prestigious (and in theory, most honourable and respected) position in the country. Why should we accept such low standards of behaviour and integrity from you, Mr Key?

I’m quite surprised that Bill Clinton didn’t just say “I put my willy where I shouldn’t have as an individual, and not as the President”. Of course, no one would have accepted this as a reasonable defence, and Bill Clinton wouldn’t dare to insult people’s intelligence with such a farcical argument.

However, Mr Key, you expect us all to accept much lower standards. You treat all New Zealanders like idiots.

What goes round comes around. Your time will come.


– Tim O’Shea

  1. 28 October 2014 at 10:02 am

    Where we get to treat him like an idiot, Tim?

    We’re a few weeks late I’m afraid, and we’ve made him look like Superman. Ugh.
    We just look like idiots, even though I never voted for his mob in any fashion. I even changed my vote for the electorate, even though I like the candidate (senior National MP).

  2. 2 November 2014 at 12:11 am

    I thought Muldoon was a bully and a drunk. I thought Bolger was a disingenuous arsehole. And I thought Shipley was a malignant harpy with all the empathy of a landmine. But John Key is far and away the worst Prime Minister this country has ever known. He’s dishonest, arrogant, dismissive and condescending, and he cares not a jot for the nation, its populace or its future generations. The sooner we’re rid of him, the better.

    • 5 November 2014 at 8:36 am

      Like Muldoon, Key is a populist – though not as blatant as Winston Peters.

      However, his teflon coating isn’t what it was and journos are less inclined to accept his cheery, blokey, persona.

      The good news is that once Key is gone, his replacement will not be as popular with the middle classes.

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