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John Key – in contempt

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 pm, August 12th, 2013 - 70 comments
Categories: accountability, john key, slippery, spin, Spying, telecommunications - Tags: ,

I really don’t think I need to add anything much to this video of John Key on tonight’s Campbell Live.

Asked about the GCSB Bill by a CL reporter, Rebecca Wright, Key doesn’t want to talk about it, because he says New Zealanders are more interested in the snapper quota.  When he is told CL will be featuring a programme on the GCSB Bill this week, Key dismisses CL as presenting mis-information from,

experts that turn up on your show that aren’t really experts, and don’t know what they are talking about.

Key then declines to turn up on CL to help inform them, and says most New Zealanders support his GCSB Bill.

John Campbell says that some of the people CL has had talking about the Bill include The Law Society, Geoffrey Palmer, constitutional law experts and Dame Anne Salmond.

Can he show any more contempt for New Zealanders and our (slowly disappearing) democracy?

In contrast to Key’s dismissive and contemptuous attitude, Campbell Live tonight asked Kiwis in the far north and far south of NZ for their views on Key’s GCSB Bill.  Campbell claims they didn’t know what people were going to say in advance, and that they interviewed a random selection of people.  Campbell was surprised about how many of these people were quite well informed on the Bill, and had a view on it.

70 comments on “John Key – in contempt”

  1. Paul 1

    Just watched Key refusing to appear on the programme and dismissing expert opinion that disagrees with him.
    Key exuded arrogance. What a horrible man.

    • Bearded Git 1.1

      Key thought he could get away with one smart aleck comment but Rebecca Wright stuck at it and made him sound like a fool. Good work. He tried to treat her as a dumb blond. What do people see in him?

      • vto 1.1.1

        Most of his voters would see a saleable man who they are taking heavy advantage of to feather their own nests – that’s what they see imo.

      • Rodel 1.1.2

        It did appear on Campbell Live as if Mr Key was trying to be dismissive, treating Rebecca Wright’s questions as trivial and not worthy of a serious answer-but her well conducted questioning insistence was calm, unflustered, incisive, courteous and respectful nevertheless. I’m out of adjectives but Yay! another real journalist .That’s two in NZ and numbers are growing.

        I hope many voters watch replays of this revealing interaction.

        • Paul 1.1.2.1

          Needs to be on you tube

        • Saarbo 1.1.2.2

          Yes, I suspect that Key saw Gower’s reaction after he answered the 1st question, Gower in the background was gushing in a “isnt he just great” sort of way, but Wright continued to question Key, which ended up back firing on him. Even Amy Adams was cringing…

        • thechangling 1.1.2.3

          And did you see Patrick Gower chuckle in the background as Key dismissed Rebecca the first time?
          Then Key for a glimmer of a second showed his full nasty bullying arrogant self, that lies underneath his friendly laid back exterior and veneer, that he loves to portray and maintain to the general public.
          But Rebecca got him real good. Clever journalist.

  2. idlegus 2

    ‘so long john & thanks for all the fish!’ – what an arrogant man, he clearly despises the nz public. & that nathan guy, no wonder they dont want him to talk to reporters, ha!

    • Linz 2.1

      Nathan Guy’s taking one for the team, to try to divert attention away from the GCSB bill.

      • Lou 2.1.1

        Nathan Guy is as thick as the proverbial. He is a useless Minister, and a useless MP. The sooner we get rid of him, the better.

        • Rogue Trooper 2.1.1.1

          yes, best kept out of polite company ol’ Nathan. Certainly did not risk his foot-in-mouth fronting Fonterra issue.

    • Draco T Bastard 2.2

      what an arrogant man, he clearly despises the nz public.

      That’s true of the entire upper echelons of the National Party – just need to read Hollowmen to understand that.

  3. CC 3

    Was that John Key questioned by Rebecca Wright? Looked more like a stand-in who had been botoxed, over powdered by the make-up department and in recovery following a frontal lobotomy.

  4. felix 4

    The “snapper” thing appears to be a rehearsed bit on Key’s part. Can always tell when he’s been trained to say something, he’s really shit at shoe-horning it in and equally shit at repeating it without looking and sounding like a loop.

    Watch this space. They’re going to try to channel the public unrest about the GCSB into this snapper sideshow and then at the peak they’ll back down, giving the public a righteous sense of victory

    And in a super ironic twist, the people will be happy that this time, the govt listened to them.

    • aj 4.1

      +1
      Michelle Boag was pimping the snapper thing last week on Mora’s Nat Rad show. They are becoming so obvious…
      It heartened my to hear those people talk about their fears over the gcsb bill.

      • vto 4.1.1

        Every single fishermanwoman I have spoken to can see right through their shallow game. Three snaps was never ever going to be the final limit – it was so clearly an opening political salvo. So predictable, so tedious …. just hurry up and set it at 5 or 6 or increase length or some combo.

        Hurry up you dumb pack of National pricks, stop fuckign around, we all know you’re going to.

        arseholes

      • Lou 4.1.2

        +1
        I think the NZ public knows more about all this crap than the NATZ think :-)

        • Rogue Trooper 4.1.2.1

          certainly appeared so on CL; even the ‘strong, silent, thoughtful Gabriel Oak of the south’ had wise words to offer.

    • Done and dusted already. Now if the Gubernment listened as well as it did to people not wanting to be spied on we’d really go somewhere but I won’t hold my breath!

  5. emergency mike 5

    Wow. Let them eat snapper.

    And good ol’ Paddy Gower in the background thinks it’s a jolly good laugh. ‘Oh that John Key! What a cad! Snapper! *snort* He’s so awesome.’

    Note how effortlessly Key slips into a classic poisoning the well jibe ‘your experts are not really experts’. Palmer? Kelsey? Harrison? The Law Society? The Human Rights Commision? If these people aren’t experts who is?

    Oh that’s right: John Key, corporate manager.

    It’s the STFU New Zealand argument folks.

  6. vto 6

    Key has lost it. What a disgusting pig.

    Oink.

    I also sense again that the media have swung some guns on him now. There is a palpable sense of lining up and proceeding with a slow and very well done cooking ……….. It is almost like the media are teasing it out to enjoy the process. Having fun with him like a cat playing with a mouse…. felix, you’re up.

  7. Murray Olsen 7

    Key is scum and the NAct members are brain dead cultists.
    Four Square grocers should stick to selling smokes to underage kids. I won’t be buying anything at Houhora again. What the fuck does the Bill have to do with people planting pot?
    The primary school headmaster at Double Dipton obviously fits well into the area.
    The seemingly brain damaged woman in Kingston sure didn’t want to open her door and let the camera see inside. What has she got to hide?

    The vast majority of Kiwis asked gave me some heart. They know it’s not about snapper, nor is it about how many morons get their lines from Nazi speeches.

    • Ennui 7.1

      The old lady in Kaitaia was the star, retorting that Key did not like being spied upon himself (teacup incident)…BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY there is HOPE! The young men interviewed up north had done their homework and were actively engaged. great to see.

      • Skinny 7.1.1

        I agree that old duck & the boys up North pretty much sum up what most Kiwi’s see. 

        Key’s treatment of reporter Miss Wright 
        was ‘gold’ showing him up as a lying, arrogant, condescending prick. Did you see that freak Paddy Gower gawking over at her with a goofy facial expression of wtf? If only tv3 would keep replaying that interview clip, over & over till the 2014 election. That telling video clip would have cost thousands of votes. On Campbell’s F/B I read a couple of comments from disgusted true blue national voters, who were angry & vowed no vote for National in 2014!

        I hope Campbell broadcasts live from the GCSB public meeting next Monday  
        night. I’m really looking forward to going. NO Labour speaker wtf is with that. Be a great platform for DC!

  8. irascible 8

    Key appears to have lost his mojo over the GCSB bill… his spin meisters didn’t expect the backlash and have left Key naked, scared and scriptless so that his real persona appears, vindictive, arrogant, unsympathetic, out of touch and bumbling.
    Watch for Crosby-Textor advisors to be flown in to spin the attention onto the inconsequential- like his birthday as the Civilian blogsite demonstrated.

  9. Suitably Clueless 9

    With cheerleaders like that weasel Paddy Gower, no spin required where the MSM do it for you.

  10. BrucetheMoose 10

    I noticed they asked Brownlee on his opinion. Like his track record on what to do in Christchurch, he had no clue. Anyway, I much prefer Blue Cod. Unlike National supporters, it has infinitely better taste.

  11. TheContrarian 11

    Yeah what? Fish? What the fuck?

    • felix 11.1

      Burley bomb.

      • TheContrarian 11.1.1

        Yeah but fucking fish? The question had nothing to do with fish. Jesus.

        • felix 11.1.1.1

          Haha you should see what he comes up with when he is asked about fish.

          • Rogue Trooper 11.1.1.1.1

            “I think you’ll find that the average New Zealander is not terribly concerned by expert’s opinions over the affordability of fish for first time buyers. For nine years the Labour party under Helen Clark kept fish under wraps, and now, now, they play politics with snapper security. Well let me tell you Mr Speaker…”

          • karol 11.1.1.1.2

            John Key on snapper – 2008:

            National Party leader John Key says the latest revelations about Winston Peters and Owen Glenn are “as smelly as a seven-day-old snapper”, and the saga is dragging the Government down.

    • Huginn 11.2

      Red Herring
      Freudian Slip

  12. tricledrown 12

    Key undid all the feel good of the Conference at the weekend!
    Goading reporter

  13. millsy 13

    Hopefully the Greens will use the snapper quota issue to reach out to the hunters, fishers and trampers.

  14. Plan B 14

    From Fishing Magazine
    Snapper are mostly a north Island species. Although they are caught in the Marlborough Sounds and down the West Coast of the South Island this is really the southerly limit of their range. Numbers caught in the South Island are very small. Most South Island anglers would probably have never seen a snapper.

    Snapper Quota have no interest at all for people in the South Island.

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      Indeed.

    • tinfoilhat 14.2

      …… and elections are won and lost in Auckland.

      • ScottGN 14.2.1

        Actually most of the pundits seem to agree the last election was won for National in Christchurch and may well be lost there next year as well.

      • karol 14.2.2

        But most Aucklanders don’t go fishing. The GCSB, on the other hand, is an issue for all NZers.

        • tinfoilhat 14.2.2.1

          Oh I agree Carol on both points.

          There is however a lot of recreational fishing that takes place in Auckland on the east and west coast and this is an classic ‘red herring’ issue that has been created by National to back down on at just the right time.

          It disappoints me that outside of the political blogs the GCSB just doesn’t seem to be much of an issue for the public at large.

    • scotty 14.3

      The amateur limit is already 3 in the Marlborough Sounds.(lowered from 10 in 96/97 from memory)
      Due partly to large average size.
      The healthy Nelson snapper fishery was decimated by spotter planes and trawlers in the 70s.
      Stocks have bounced back a little ,since then.

    • Richard Christie 14.4

      Thanks for the effort guys, but none of 14.x is as interesting as the GCSB Bill.

  15. Tiger Mountain 15

    The ugly (true) character of ShonKey revealed again. You just get flashes of it but it is highly unpleasant and worrying in a nations PM. Rebecca Wright had better watch her back too. The GCSB stasi/underwear sniffing/garbage inspecting/privacy invading bill is designed just for such people.

    “Ve ask ze qvestions” was all over Key’s dismissive answers.

  16. Oh I can just smell Textor and whatsamacallit Pr company talking points all over this guy. A tired psychopath who wants to go back to robbing gullible punters such as pension funds of our hard earned tax dollars!

  17. muzza 17

    This guy, is NZ’s Prime Minister!

    That is what this country deserves, I guess!

    • Tiger Mountain 17.1

      An oldie but a goodie etc. muzza.

      Some citizens definitely deserve US imperialism and finance capitals local rep Mr Flabby for being ignoramuses and or dark kiwis, but not all of us.

      • muzza 17.1.1

        TM – agree, it’s all very sad.

        The vast majority of people do not deserve what they are getting, and even those who do support the existence of the current govt, mostly do not deserve it, they are simply too ignorant to know any better!

  18. Sable 18

    Keys is a creep but will the public at large be wise enough to see this or even care?

  19. johnm 19

    The media are supposed to hold government to account. Yankey john showed his contempt for the people and democracy with his outrageous passive bully attitude: stick to the snapper. we have fascism lite here in NZ: the unholy marriage of government and politicians with business and corporations and the now naked contempt for what the majority want and are concerned with.

    Campbell Live is the only msm outlet that’s trying to address real issues the TV ONE show on the other side is pure feel good pap. Yankey would love to turn Campbell Live into another pap show of sychophants as is Radio Live.

    Corporations and business are not democracies this is the mode of operation Yankey has always known and that is the mode of government he is comfortable with.

    Thanks to Rebecca Wright for showing this man for what he is. She made me briefly proud of NZ as compared with the general sheople pursuing greed in the bubble house market and the institutionalised victimisation of beneficiaries both of which have dirtied this once good land.

    • fender 19.1

      +1 except ” the TV ONE show on the other side is pure feel good pap.”

      If it’s so “feel good” why does it hurt to watch this crap, not that I bother despite giving them many chances, it’s utter garbage.

  20. freedom 20

    Does anyone have a link to another posting of the interview. The TV3 site seems to be refusing to load the video. I have tried for several hours from different machines, both public and private and got nada, zip, zilch. It all looks decidedly fishy.

    • karol 20.1

      Works for me, from the link in the above post – on Chrome.

      Also linked from SCOOP.

      http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/82613.html

      • freedom 20.1.1

        Thanks karol, but I just went to the scoop link and got a ‘server not found’ error when loading the video. I have now tried to view this video on six different computers, mac and pc, public and private. have emailed TV3 but not expecting any answers from there.

        full error message that showed up was
        Server not found: rtmpte://vod-non-geo.mediaworks.co.nz:80/vod/_definst_

        • Veutoviper 20.1.1.1

          Both the TV3 and Scoop links worked for me on a test a moment ago using Int Explorer.

          • freedom 20.1.1.1.1

            game for a laugh i just opened explorer to see if that made a difference, nope :(
            i got the exact same server error as above.

            I am currently on a public terminal, have had no trouble with any video on any other site but the TV3 site and frankly am a bit tired of these frikkin gremlins. Yes i know how it sounds but reality is what it is and that video will not load for me no matter what i do. Perhaps some kind soul can upload it to youtube?

            • Veutoviper 20.1.1.1.1.1

              Sorry, freedom. I would not have a clue how to do that – but hope someone else will do that for you – it might go viral!

              • freedom

                update for those interested: when I showed the problem to the tech admin at Te Takere he was just as perplexed as I was and thinks it is possibly a firewall problem at the council, but he had no idea what it might be and TV3 say there is no issue with their servers. So one more for the ‘that’s a bit odd’ file

                freedom finding cracks in the system :)

  21. Peter Hobbs 21

    A musical take on the stunning interview with our fishy PM.
    The track is Buddy, by Snapper.
    http://youtu.be/J_9uQ0JyFdM

  22. beatie 22

    I reckon he was pissed. He’d be a nasty drunk too!

  23. Tanz 23

    where is Muldoon when you need him? Key makes Rob look positively sweet.

  24. He’s got nowhere to go with the GCSB bill and it shows.

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    Pundit | 22-04
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    The little pakeha | 22-04
  • Humiliation for Government in Chinese dictat
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    Labour | 24-04