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


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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


The Editor
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.


-Frank Macskasy


[Address & phone number supplied]





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  1. deadlynz
    3 September 2015 at 11:46 am

    Key’s like a Goldfish. Purported to have a memory that only lasts 3 Seconds.

    • 3 September 2015 at 7:46 pm

      I wonder if he has a tag pinned to his sleeve, with his name, address, and home phone number on it, in case he forgets which mansion he lives in? (Easy mistake to make, I guess. We’ve all done it, gone home to the wrong mansion…)

    • 6 September 2015 at 11:56 am

      “Purported” is the ‘key’ word, Deadlynz… I suspect his memory is excellent. As is his talent for lying and faking sincerity.

  2. Akldnut
    4 September 2015 at 7:56 am

    Yep this prick could lie straight on bed

    • 6 September 2015 at 11:55 am

      Indeed, Akldnut. The weird thing is that I suspect the majority of New Zealanders know that Key is adept at telling fibs and that much of what he says cannot be taken at face value. But his charisma is such that they’re willing to over-look it (even though his popularity appears to be falling, according to TV3-Reid Research polling), because of his style.

      Style over substance… it appears to be a winner every time in politics.

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