web analytics

John Key: seriously, professionally and appropriately?

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, November 8th, 2012 - 39 comments
Categories: accountability, john key - Tags:

Up to his neck in criticism for his batshit behaviour of late, Key petulantly complained:

“I dare you to show me one example where I haven’t discharged my responsibility seriously, professionally and appropriately”

Well I like a challenge as much as the next random blogger, but really, this is too easy. Seriously, professionally and appropriately? Like the way you are leading a government that is failing on every economic goal it sets itself, failing on most social indicators, and trying to sell off the country’s assets? Like the numerous times you have lied, conveniently forgotten the facts, or refused to even read them? Like the time you appeared as a two-bit buffoon on Lettermen? The time you made a throat slitting gesture in Parliament?

How serious, professional and appropriate was it of you to insult:
David Beckham,
Keisha Castle-Hughes,
Jon Stephenson,
Bradley Ambrose,
Tuhoe,
The Waitangi Tribunal,
gays,
the Pike River families,
the elderly,
the media,
activists,
Hungary,
and all of the reporters, scientists, teachers, beneficiaries and others that you and your government regularly belittle. Who are you planning to insult next – The Pope? Justin Bieber? Bambi’s mum?

Compiling that list was a depressing stroll down memory lane. I’m sure that Standardistas can add to it. Far from Key challenging us to find any example where he hasn’t discharged his responsibility “seriously, professionally and appropriately”, I think we should challenge him to find any example where he has.

39 comments on “John Key: seriously, professionally and appropriately?”

  1. Dr Terry 1

    Again, the media has not always recorded his words and actions, opening the way for the lies to come off. No opportunity to expose this man must be lost.

    • David H 1.1

      We need a web site called John Key Lies and have his lies ALL of them all listed, and linked, to proven media stories / Parliament Hansard etc etc. Me I have not got a clue on how to do this Nor I fear the Bandwith or computer space, or Money to do it myself. But I could do Research.

      • Te Reo Putake 1.1.1

        I’m happy to pay for the registration of Dunnokeyo.org.nz if somebody wants to volunteer to run it!

  2. Uturn 2

    I dare anyone to conclusively define the meaning of an noun qualified by three adjectives in a post modern reality.

    First sporting humour, now grammar games. That John Key, he is sharp. The only thing we can catch him on is that his words mean nothing.

    • marsman 2.1

      Uturn. The three words you refer to are adverbs and they qualify the word discharged, a verb. But I guess it shows that whatever John Key says or how he says it is confusing.

  3. vto 3

    The Ecan bare-faced lying and tyranny around removing democracy so farmers could take resources has nothing professional or appropriate about it.

    It is simple theft.

    Democratic and normal procedures were preventing some business people from getting what they want so they got their elected representatives to remove electoral representation so those business people could get what they want.

    Greed.

    Tyranny.

    Abuse of power.

    Abuse of constitutional arrangements.

    Theft. Actually, robbery.

  4. Bill 4

    You forgot his childish and insulting objectification of women with his Liz Hurley/ Bronagh remarks.

  5. Enough is Enough 5

    It is quite clear that he is full of hate for minorities, females and the poor.

  6. Tracey 6

    I don’t think his former career was full of women at the level he worked at…

    • SpaceMonkey 6.1

      Only in the strip clubs and BDSM bars regularly frequented by Wall St suits.

      • Tracey 6.1.1

        Yup, our Pm is from the “real world”. More and more I see that people mean the “world I wished I lived in but don’t”.

  7. tarkwin 7

    Why is everyone up in arms about John Key and his comments? Hone described the Maori M.P’s as “house niggers” was that O.K? or is that “different” where was the moral outrage? did he offend nobody? I may not necessarily agree with your politics but I believe everyone should be measured with the same ruler, or do you follow the Kevin Hague phylosophy and only bleat when it suits?

    • vto 7.1

      ” I believe everyone should be measured with the same ruler”

      That’s quite astounding. Are you serious?

      • Jackal 7.1.1

        I think everybody should be measured by the same ruler… You’ll find that Key still comes up seriously short in comparison to Hone. The sheer scope of John Key’s unbecoming behaviour trumps any other politician I can think of, except perhaps Piggy Muldoon, who the current PM seems to try to emulate at every opportunity. Maybe Key is Piggy, risen from the grave?

    • mike e 7.2

      Tarkwin Hone should be the Prime Minister Then by your logic and not a firebrand one man party!

    • One Tāne Huna 7.3

      I don’t think the issue of whether people are “offended” (the cry-babies) is in the least bit relevant.

      Clearly you think there is a difference between Harawira’s statement and Key’s or you wouldn’t have raised the possibility. Could it be that “house nigger” is an accusation of treachery made against a limited specific group, whereas “gay” is a bullying term that applies to a significant minority, one more susceptible to bullying-induced suicide than others?

      Or perhaps it could be that Hone is a bit of a side show whereas Key represents New Zealand.

      Or perhaps both did wrong, and your point is a weak strawman.

    • Treetop 7.4

      Admitting you are wrong and apologising is the best place to start, then a person hopefully learns how to BEHAVE and to think in future before connecting foot to mouth. Hone admits what he says and he gives a reason for why he will not apologise.

      In my life time I have never come across ANY PM who is as consistent as Key is for trying to dodge the truth and he does not even care if the public know it.

    • Tracey 7.5

      Did you miss the media coverage of that tarkwin? It makes the coverage of Key’s latest insults pale into insignificance.

      Were you ok with Hone’s statements? I bet you weren’t BUT I bet you are fine with key’s???

      • tarkwin 7.5.1

        Context is a word you should look up.

        • One Tāne Huna 7.5.1.1

          Delusional, hypocrisy, gibberish, mendacity, feeble. Let me know when you’ve got through those and I’ll give you another five.

        • Galeandra 7.5.1.2

          It comes before ‘rapist’ in the dictionary, Tarquin.

          • tarkwin 7.5.1.2.1

            I find it hard to believe you got past cretin, ahh the sanctymony of socialism you all know how I should think. The one thing I do know is Hone offended me and you think that is O.K. That is the sort of inspiration that gains you 28% in an election.

            • One Tāne Huna 7.5.1.2.1.1

              lol Tarkie, who’s telling you how to think?

              You’ve got a weak strawman and now you’ve progressed to attacking the messenger (and confusing commenters on The Standard with The Labour Party). Logically challenged?

            • Colonial Viper 7.5.1.2.1.2

              ahh the sanctymony of socialism you all know how I should think.

              we’re not really that interested in how you think. Feel free to fuck off.

  8. I have said it before and I say it again ,the reason for Key’s strange and uncontrolled behavior is that he tipples .The only time he does not have a glass of wine/beer is in the parliament. He giggles and minces around, Just take note

  9. irascible 9

    Add in:
    appointing Worth & Wong to the Cabinet then covering up for them until the facts became insurmonyable to ignore.
    the Tea Cup hysteria and accompanying contined support for The Universe was created in 6 days Banks!
    Support of Paula Benefit in the scandals surrounding WINZ.

  10. tracey 10

    Tarkwin please dont throw context around in a thread about the pms behaviour which you want to make about hones behaviour and then get upset because other posters want to focus on the former having discussed the later at the time.

    Are you appalled and ofdended by the pms treatment of tge above listed people, his use of the word gay as a derisive term, or not?

  11. Chris 11

    Standard and Poors LIE IN PARLIAMENT against Labour.Never produced the evidence unless you count a piece of paper(supposed e mail) waved around that nobody was allowed to read.

    • Akldnut 11.1

      Goff should have said “I dare you to show me the source of this supposed statement or retract that statement”

  12. Lloyd 12

    Don’t forget our ever-so-polite John slagged off NZ First voters in an ageist comment on the Tea Tape.

  13. PlanetOrphan 13

    If you step back and accept that John Key has made his career by lying then …
    “John Key: seriously, professionally and appropriately” is true M8!

    Anyone that wonders how he arrives at a decision , needs to think about his chosen career path and all will become clear.

    Obfuscate should be his first middle and last names M8!

Links to post

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • National’s cuts shave $100K off KiwiSaver by retirement
    New analysis shows National’s constant cuts to KiwiSaver will reduce the average worker’s retirement savings by $100,000 over their working life, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “The former Labour Government launched KiwiSaver nine years ago today to boost ...
    4 hours ago
  • TPK struggles to measure Whānau Ora outcomes
    The Government needs to explain why so many vulnerable whanau are falling through the cracks, Labour’s Whānau Ora spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says. The Minister of Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell attended the Māori Affairs Select Committee to highlight “gains” – ...
    6 hours ago
  • EY: TPP stamp duties on foreigners may have to apply to Kiwis
    The Government’s claim that a TPP-enabled tax on foreign buyers would amount to a ban has been exposed as folly by tax experts, who say that in most cases a tax would apply to Kiwi buyers too, says Labour’s Trade ...
    1 day ago
  • Project 300 short on facts
    A Minister’s pet scheme to employ 300 disabled people in Christchurch seems to be short on facts, says Labour’s Disability Issues spokesperson Poto Williams.  “Nicky Wagner cannot provide solid evidence to show that her much vaunted Project 300 has actually ...
    1 day ago
  • Who are they going to call?
    A cry for help from New Zealand’s longest-running crisis line highlights chronic underfunding of the sector by the Government, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “Lifeline is THE go-to helpline for people in crisis, taking up to 180,000 calls each ...
    1 day ago
  • Five months too long for homeless to wait
    New figures revealing homeless people registered with Work and Income are waiting an average of 155 days to be housed shows the Government is totally overwhelmed by the housing crisis, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “What’s worse is ...
    2 days ago
  • Minister in cloud cuckoo land
    Hekia Parata needs a very big reality check if she truly believes every parent has the choice of sending their child to a private school, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. Questioned in the House today about plans to pump ...
    2 days ago
  • Convention centre failure means years of uncertainty for CBD
    The failure of Gerry Brownlee’s planned convention centre deal leaves Christchurch facing uncertainty about when activity will be restored to the CBD, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods. “As one of the CBD’s major anchor projects, the convention centre complex ...
    2 days ago
  • PCE proves water quality still deteriorating
    The PCE State of the Environment Report shows that river water quality is continuing to get worse across large parts of New Zealand, says Labour’s Environment and Water spokesperson David Parker. “Water quality has deteriorated in Canterbury, Central Otago, Auckland, ...
    2 days ago
  • Families with new babies victims of today’s veto
    Families with new babies are the victims of an historical “first” for the New Zealand Parliament today. “For the first time ever, a Bill will have a third reading debate and no vote will be taken at the end because ...
    2 days ago
  • Crime on the rise…again!
    The Police Minister’s contention that Police have enough resources to meet the expectations of New Zealand communities is not reflected in the Police’s own statistics, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “Yet again, reported burglaries have increased in every region ...
    2 days ago
  • Private schools beneficiaries of extra cash
    Plans to give more taxpayer money to private schools at a time when state schools are struggling to make ends meet says everything about the National Government’s twisted priorities, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Not only did this year’s ...
    3 days ago
  • Inequality getting worse under National
    Inequality is getting worse under National with almost 60 per cent of the wealth in this country concentrated in the hands of the top 10 per cent according to Statistics NZ figures released today, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. ...
    3 days ago
  • Government freezes elderly out of insulation subsidy
    Government cuts to the Warm Up New Zealand insulation subsidy means it will now only be available for rental properties and could leave many elderly homeowners cold this winter, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “In this year’s Budget the Government ...
    4 days ago
  • Shewan report delivers rebuke to National
    John Shewan’s report into foreign trusts is a rebuke to John Key and the National Party who have protected an industry that has damaged New Zealand’s reputation, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Three years ago the Inland Revenue Department ...
    4 days ago
  • Auckland Airport rail analysis must be made public
    The Government should publicly release its detailed analysis of rail to Auckland Airport before it closes off options, so the public can have an informed debate, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Transport Agency today said it is ...
    4 days ago
  • Minister approved OIO consent despite death and investigations
    Louise Upston must say if she knew Intueri was being prosecuted for the death of a student and under a funding investigation when she approved its overseas investment consent to buy another education provider, says Labour’s Land Information and Associate ...
    5 days ago
  • Brexit vote costs NZ effective EU voice
    Despite being extremely close the result of the referendum in Britain reflects the majority voice, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “While we respect the decision to leave the EU, it goes without saying the move will usher in ...
    7 days ago
  • Pasifika Education Centre doomed
    The Pasifika Education Centre appears doomed to close down this December, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio  “In a written question I asked the Minister whether he would put a bid in for more money. His answer ...
    1 week ago
  • Onetai Station review a shameful whitewash
    A report released today on the Overseas Investment Office’s (OIO) good character test is a whitewash that does nothing to improve New Zealand’s overseas investment regime, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson David Cunliffe. “The review of the good character test ...
    1 week ago
  • We need a national strategy to end homelessness now
    Long before I entered Parliament, housing and homelessness were issues dear to my heart. I know from personal experience just how hard it is to find an affordable home in Auckland. In my maiden speech, I talked about how when ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 week ago
  • Capital feels a chill economic wind
      Wellington is on the cusp of recession with a sharp fall in economic confidence in the latest Westpac McDermott Miller confidence survey, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Clark.  “Economic confidence amongst Wellingtonians has dropped 12% in the past ...
    1 week ago
  • Dive school rort took six years to dredge up
    News that yet another private training establishment (PTE) has rorted the Government’s tertiary funding system since 2009 shows that Steven Joyce has no control of the sector, says Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe. “Like Agribusiness Training and Taratahi, ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s housing crisis hitting renters hard
    National’s ongoing housing crisis is causing massive rental increases, with Auckland renters being hit the hardest, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    1 week ago
  • A Day with the PSA
    This week, along with Labour MP Kris Faafoi, I accepted an invitation to spend a day working alongside the good folk at the Public Service Association in Wellington. As the Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson for the Greens, I was ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • A Day with the PSA
    This week, along with Labour MP Kris Faafoi, I accepted an invitation to spend a day working alongside the good folk at the Public Service Association in Wellington. As the Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson for the Greens, I was ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • Government holds Northland back
    New information shows Northland remains the most economically depressed region in New Zealand, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Clark. “The latest Westpac McDermott Miller regional survey found that more Northlanders believe their local economy will deteriorate this year than ...
    1 week ago
  • Rebstock report into MFAT leaks a disgrace
    An Ombudsman’s report on the Paul Rebstock investigation into MFAT leaks shows the two diplomats at the centre of the case were treated disgracefully, says Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi.  “The Ombudsman says one of the diplomats Derek Leask ...
    1 week ago
  • More families forced to turn to food banks for meals
    Increasing numbers of families are having to go to food banks just to put a meal on the table, according to a new report that should shame the Government into action, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. ...
    1 week ago
  • We have a housing emergency in New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand, where house prices have risen 20 percent in the last year alone We have a housing emergency in New Zealand.  Like many people we are ashamed and angry that in a wealthy country like ours, we have ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • We have a housing emergency in New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand, where house prices have risen 20 percent in the last year alone We have a housing emergency in New Zealand.  Like many people we are ashamed and angry that in a wealthy country like ours, we have ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 week ago
  • Aussie reforms signal trouble ahead for school funding plan
    Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The signaled return to bulk funding is ...
    1 week ago
  • Toxic Sites – the down low on the go slow
    In  2011, I negotiated an agreement with the National Government to advance work on cleaning up contaminated sites across the country. This included establishing a National Register of the ten worst sites where the creators of the problem could not ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Aucklanders face new motorway tax of up to $2500 a year
    The Government wants to tax Aucklanders thousands of dollars a year just to use the motorway network, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Officials estimate the average city commute is 11.8km. This means for the average Aucklander commuting five ...
    1 week ago
  • 15 corrupt bank managers identified in student fraud
    New information show 15 bank managers in India have been identified by Immigration New Zealand as presenting fraudulent documents on behalf of foreign students studying here, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Documents obtained by Labour under the Official Information ...
    1 week ago
  • National leaves Kiwi savers the most vulnerable in OECD
    News last week that Israel’s Finance Minister will insure savers’ bank deposits means New Zealand will be left as the only country in the OECD that has no deposit insurance to protect savers’ funds should a bank fail. Most Kiwis ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    1 week ago
  • Comprehensive plan for future of work needed
    A Massey University study showing many New Zealanders are unaware of the increasing role of automation in their workplace, highlights the need for a comprehensive plan for the future of work, says Grant Robertson, Chair of Labour’s Future of Work ...
    1 week ago
  • Another National Government failure: 90 day work trials
    On Friday last week, the Treasury released a report by MOTU economic consultants into the effectiveness of the controversial 90-day work trial legislation. The report found that there was “no evidence that the policy affected the number of hires by ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • Iraq mission extension case not made
    The Prime Minister has not made the case for extending the Iraq deployment another 18 months nor the expansion of their mission, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “Labour originally opposed the deployment because the Iraqi Army’s track record was poor, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Denial is a long river
    William Rolleston from Federated Farmers made the absurd claim on RNZ on Saturday that “we actually have very clean rivers”. This statement doesn’t represent the many farmers who know water quality is in big trouble and are working to clean ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Denial is a long river
    William Rolleston from Federated Farmers made the absurd claim on RNZ on Saturday that “we actually have very clean rivers”. This statement doesn’t represent the many farmers who know water quality is in big trouble and are working to clean ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Melanoma deaths could be avoided by an early access scheme
      The tragic death of Dunedin’s Graeme Dore from advanced Melanoma underlines the cruelty of this Government in promising a treatment but delaying for months, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King.  “Graeme was diagnosed with Melanoma last year. He used ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Assessing the Defence White Paper
    The Government’s recently released Defence White Paper has raised questions again about New Zealand’s defence priorities, and in particular the level and nature of public funding on defensive capabilities. The Green Party has a longstanding belief that priority must be ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwis’ confidence drops again: Economy needs a boost
    Westpac’s consumer confidence survey has fallen for the seventh time in nine quarters, with middle income households ‘increasingly worried about where the economy is heading over the next few years’, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “This survey is a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Relocation grant simply kicks can down the road
    The response by state house tenants and social agencies to the Government’s rushed plan to shift families out of Auckland tells us what we already knew – this is no answer to the chronic housing shortage, Opposition Leader Andrew Little ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Peace hīkoi to Parihaka
    On Friday a Green crew walked with the peace hīkoi from Ōkato to Parihaka. Some of us were from Parliament and some were party members from Taranaki and further afield. It was a cloudy but gentle day and at one ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Children’s Commissioner right to worry about CYF transition
    The Government must listen to the Children’s Commissioner’s concerns that young people under CYF care could be ‘negatively impacted’ as the new agency’s reforms become reality, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “Dr Russell Wills has used the second annual ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bill English exaggerates PPL costs to justify veto
    The Finance Minister has used trumped-up costings to justify a financial veto against parents having 26 weeks paid parental leave, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “Bill English’s assertion on RNZ yesterday that the measure would cost an extra $280 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government must refund overcharged motorists
    Labour is calling on the Government to refund motor registration fees to three-quarters of a million Kiwi motorists whose vehicles were wrongly classified under National’s shambolic ACC motor vehicle risk rating system, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.“Minister Kaye’s ridiculous ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 90-day work trials an unfair failure which must change
    A new Treasury report shows the Government’s 90-day trials haven’t helped businesses and are inherently unfair, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Motu report found that 90-day trial periods had no impact on overall employment and did not ...
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere