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A politician makes promises; a leader keeps them

Written By: - Date published: 12:21 pm, September 7th, 2011 - 25 comments
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“Just keep to your promises. I was at some of the family meetings where you promised off camera to parents who were in tears that you would do your utmost to try to get the men out. Money was not a problem. Those same parents have gone home and cradled their kids that are crying. Do what you say and just pull your finger out and do it.”

Russell Smith to John Key

Other broken promises:

– a bailout package for the West Coast

– preserving the equity of earthquake victims

– reducing benefit numbers

– increasing wages

– more jobs

– reducing debt

– increasing growth

-a national cycleway

– an international finance hub

– pandas (wow, three get rich quick schemes in three years!)

– higher standards of ministerial accountability

– No GST increase

25 comments on “A politician makes promises; a leader keeps them ”

  1. Daveosaurus 1

    Don’t forget “north of $50 a week”.

    • Colonial Viper 1.1

      well he delivered on a net $50+ tax cut for those earning over $120K pa. so you can’t say he lied on that 🙂

      Sorry if you missed out but you can’t be in the NATs core consituency if you did 😀

    • Jim Nald 1.2

      Honesty is now an aspirational goal?

  2. kriswgtn 2

    Ultra fast broadband

    not like in 8 yrs either-so yeah another one

  3. Dotty 3

    Not to cut any frontline public services

  4. marsman 4

    A brighter future.

  5. marsman 5


  6. Bill Browne 6

    Wage drop in Australia

  7. Dotty 7

    High standards for his ministers

  8. Craig Glen Eden 8

    No changes to early childhood funding.

  9. ak 9

    Stemming the exodus of our “best and brightest” to Oz

    Helping the Afghanistinians

  10. KJT 10

    He did keep his promise. To lower wages!

  11. tc 11

    No more nanny state
    repealing S59
    repealing EFA
    No touching kiwisaver
    accountability of ministers

  12. Tombstone 12

    The biggest lie of all – ‘A better NZ for ALL New Zealanders’ – yeah fucking right!

  13. AAMC 13

    these broken promises need to plastered all over every wall of every town, given the media are better at giving him hand jobs than questioning him.

    Of coarse the earthquake makes all the broken promises null in void…

    • tc 13.1

      No as most of the promises were broken well before the first earthquake.

      • AAMC 13.1.1

        I mean they are perceived by the electorate to be null in void because of the earthquake, that’s how it’s being sold and received.

        Not for a second do I buy into it, which is why a decisive dependable list of broken promises should be compiled, printed on A! sheets of paper and plastered all over the walls of New Zealand, come on activists! Stop waiting for the Herald to see the light, bypass.

  14. Em 14

    “Cap, not cut” the Public Service

    • mik e 14.1

      Young New Zealanders will stop going to Austalia.
      Celebrity cult worship has allowed key to do what and when he likes.

  15. Colonial Viper 15

    He stands by Pansy Wong.

  16. Preserving 3 Sept 2010 equity for Christchurch homeowners.

    In the context of Mr Brownlee’s pledge to preserve homeowners’ equity at September 3, 2010…” 

    (There are many other links about these promises) 

  17. How about his understanding of our clean and green environment?
    Or not selling assets like Kiwibank?
    He is also Mr. Forgetful, forgot about the contract for the BMW’s

  18. Adders 18

    The “move back room staff to the front line in the health service” lie. (Taihape hospital closes, Levin medical centre under threat.)

    Key lied about investment clauses: http://norightturn.blogspot.com/2011/02/key-lied-about-investment-clauses.html

    Key lied about air force helicopter useage

    Key delivered economic lies galore in a pre budget speech: http://thestandard.org.nz/cunliffe-addresses-key-lies/

    Key’s “fiscally neutral” tax plan a lie: http://thestandard.org.nz/keeping-the-buggers-honest/

    The “170,000 new jobs” lie: http://thestandard.org.nz/nz-deserves-better-than-budget-lies/

    The Key “not pursuing asset sales in our first term” lie.

    Lest we forget, the gem from Key in 2008:

    “When the going gets this tough, is it any wonder that Kiwis look longingly at our Aussie cousins? Our Aussie cousins, who get paid a third more than us for doing the same job.

    My message to Kiwis is that under National you will come first—not the fanciful whims of big-spending Ministers who have long since stopped worrying about how to make ends meet.”

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