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Letter to the editor – Does Dear Leader recall the ’81 Springbok Tour now?

3 September 2015 5 comments

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from: Frank Macskasy <fmacskasy@gmail.com>
to: Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date: Mon, Aug 31, 2015
subject: Letter to the editor

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The Editor
DOMINION POST
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In July 2008, a journalist interviewed John Key, asking,

“In 1981, were you for or against the Springbok Tour?”

He answered,

“Oh, I can’t even remember … 1981, I was 20 … ah … I don’t really know. I didn’t really have a strong feeling on it at the time. Look, it’s such a long time ago.”

It was the first, of many, instances of Key’s “brain fades” where important dates, events, and discussions seemed to slip from his memory.

The shortest interval of time between an event and attempting to recall it was in November 2014, when Key “forgot” that he had had a txt-conversation with right-wing blogger, Cameron Slater. It took less than twelve hours for our esteemed Prime Minister to “forget” that he had texted Slater the previous evening.

With the All Blacks’ selection being announced at Parliament on 30 August, in the presence of John Key, one hopes that this event will now ‘jog’ his memory regarding his stance on the 1981 Springbok Tour.

At the very least, no National/ACT supporter will ever again be able to insist that “politics be kept out of sport”. The only thing missing was the National Party logo on the All Black’s shirts, alongside all the other corporate sponsors.

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-Frank Macskasy

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[Address & phone number supplied]

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References

Fairfax media: All Blacks Rugby World Cup squad announcement ‘not politicised’ – PM

NZ Herald: In search of John Key

Radio NZ: PM’s contact with blogger questioned

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