Despite all of the whinging about “Helengrad” we used to hear from the right their glorious leader and his party seem intent on taking a more authoritarian approach to government than we’ve seen since, well, since the last National government.
Just yesterday we saw this approach rear its head in John Key apologising to the Chinese for our freedom of speech (I particularly like the fact he insisted Norman had “charged” the vice-president despite video evidence to the contrary).
Today Derek Cheng is reporting Key’s government is on another witchhunt. This time over the leaked PEDA information.
As with Bennett’s breach of solo mother Natasha Fuller’s privacy or the many victims of National’s well-oiled smear machine the message is clear – speak out against Key’s government and they will do what they can to make life hard for you.
Bully state indeed.