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Being there

Written By: - Date published: 9:47 am, January 19th, 2013 - 35 comments
Categories: Minister for Overseas Holidays - Tags:

Johnny’s million dollar treat for his wife at your expense has turned into a bit of a farce. The delayed flight, the weird fainting (not jet lag, not overwork), and now they won’t get to the pole because of snow. The justification for the Keys’ South Pole trip was to learn about its science projects. Next time, may I suggest this?

35 comments on “Being there”

  1. the fainting was weird alright, and i’d say quite significant.
    momentary fainting is not uncommon if a person has low blood sugar or is exhausted.
    but key had just eaten and more importantly, the reports says he was out for about 2 minutes.
    that is a long period of unexplained unconsciousness.

    • geoff 1.1

      He had an inversion episode. He will avoid camera appearances in the next few weeks as he tries to recover his psychology but this will fail and he will step down before the election under the pretences of a vague but serious health problem.

    • Colonial Viper 1.2

      Stuff reported the PM saying that he could hear people speaking to him but that he couldn’t respond. 2 minutes is a very long time. Damn peculiar. Hope Key recovers quickly and that it is a once-off.

    • Dr Terry 1.3

      The unexplained unconsciousness has been lasting years, not a couple of minutes.

    • georgecom 1.4

      with the fainting, not sure how it can be exhaustion. Key had a decent summer holiday right and has only just got back to it? Maybe if it was half way through the year but right after a summer holiday in Hawaii?

  2. Te Reo Putake 2

    “Prime Minister John Key has described fainting in a Christchurch restaurant as an “out-of-body experience” where he could hear voices but was unable to respond.”

    So just a normal day for Dunnokeyo then.

  3. NoseViper (The Nose knows) 3

    Gareth Morgan makes some relevant comments on Antarctica and its management in Gareth’s World : Key Trip More than Waving at Penguins down the right-hand Feed list.

  4. fainting to avoid embarrasing social situations, classic basil fawlty. wonder if he managed to avoid the restaurant bill.

  5. Populuxe1 5

    After that bitchy tone and fact free hate fest (sorry, it was more FailOil that what I would expect to see in The Standard) – I couldn’t even bring myself to click on the link. If Key had turned out to have had a brain tumour would you have displayed as much glee? Playing the man and not the game is a Rightie tactic and it saddens me to see it happen here without at least some content to back it up.

    • IrishBill 5.1

      I think the tone is forgivable given the trip was arranged because Bronagh Key wanted to go to Antarctica. I imagine that will come out via OIA in time.

      • Populuxe1 5.1.1

        Care to actually cite a source for that?

        • IrishBill 5.1.1.1

          Do you have difficulty with reading? I said “I imagine that will come out via OIA in time.”

          • chris73 5.1.1.1.1

            So just making shit up again?

            IrishBill: Take a week off

            • Populuxe1 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Pretty much. Because PMs always reveal that sort of nonsense in political meetings. Irish might as well have said the Illuminati told him to do it.

              IrishBill: Take a week off

              • TheContrarian

                Someone calls you out making shit up and the response is “banned”.

                Stay classy.

                IrishBill: Take a week off.

                • higherstandard

                  Irish Bill is a fucking cunt !

                  Oi where’s my week off ?

                  IrishBill: lolz

                  • geoff

                    Give him a month, Bill!

                    • higherstandard

                      Hooray ban me for life and burn me in effigy !

                    • infused

                      wow, irish you are a fucktard.

                      Asks for sources, has no sources, banned.

                      [RL: What you want a week off too? It’s simple. Read all of what Irish said …]

                    • infused

                      Yeah, he said nothing of substance. He has no source, which was asked for. So yeah, he was pulling it from his ass.

                      He should have said “I have no source” or not even commented.

                • TheContrarian

                  WTF? I get banned for a week for that? Which policy did I break?

                  [lprent: This one

                  “Arguing with moderation is a darwinian trait that usually results in a rapid education about who runs the site (regardless which of your many pseudonym’s you use)”

                  and this one

                  “Generally wasting a moderators time is just not a good idea. We’re there to deal with isolated problems. People persistently sucking up our voluntary time won’t like the results.”

                  Irish could have explained why he was doing whatever he was doing. However Irish is of the view that telling someone something that they should already know doesn’t really help them. I would have just taken the opportunity to torment you rather than banning. Irish doesn’t see the fun in that, can’t be bothered wasting his time educating people about what moderators can do, and so he is somewhat more abrupt. You take your chances on who is moderating.. 😈 ]

    • chris73 5.2

      “Playing the man and not the game is a Rightie tactic”

      – Really?

      “chinless scarf-wearers”
      “feral” West Coasters
      “cancerous and corrosive”

      Yup

      • Populuxe1 5.2.1

        Ok, it’s a symptom of lack of solutions on both sides.

        • chris73 5.2.1.1

          As I’ve always said, theres more in common between National and Labour and its supporters than there are differences…sadly

      • felixviper 5.2.2

        How come “cancerous and corrosive” keeps popping up in these lists of crimes committed by Helen Clark according to David Farrar?

        What the hell is wrong with describing a decrepit, rotten, heartless piece of shit like Brash as “cancerous and corrosive”?

        You’ve got this “play the ball, not the man” bit completely twisted. The fact that Brash is a vile death-eater who has spent his wretched sulfurous life trying to turn our beautiful egalitarian country into a Randian Moordor is the ball.

        • RedLogix 5.2.2.1

          I couldn’t agree with you more felix. How many people have ever stopped to think what a bullet this country dodged when Brash just lost the 2005 election?

          As for the ‘hater’s and wrecker’ remark, you really have to think who had poured the petrol on that fire (Brash again) and how angry and frustrated Clark must have been to see the everything unravel in the way it did as a consequence.

          “Chinless scarf-wearers” … from my own personal experience with the EB’s, that’s perhaps the most polite thing I’d say about this exploitative, scummy cult.

          “Feral” coasters? I’d imagine most of them took a perverse pride in hearing that one.

  6. Treetop 6

    How many school lunches would a million dollars buy?

    Such extravagance has back fired.

    • Populuxe1 6.1

      Straw man. The answer is: if good quality school lunches then definitely not enough to do much good. Perhaps enough for one sixteenth of NZ children in need (and who would decide which kids, and how?) for maybe one day.

      • Treetop 6.1.1

        I could do a lot with a million dollars re school lunches. We all know who and where the hungry children are (generally speaking).

  7. Murray Olsen 7

    I don’t like Key at all, and I’d love him to step down as PM. I feel no more sympathy for him than I did before he fainted, but there’s plenty to have a go at him about besides his health. I’m not even going to be hypocritical and wish him well, not when he gets 3 specialists for 2 hours (or whatever) and we get waiting lists. I just really don’t care about the guy personally. I care about what he and his cabal are doing to my country. My country is on its knees, in critical health, and I hope it gets better soon.

    • tc 7.1

      The fainting is serious, PM’s will always get special treatment regardless of who and what party. Never a good look for the health system to not take care of its ultimate funding patron.

      It’s the MSM siezing on this as the potential reason for brain fades and memory losses that’s opportunistic and fact free, no change there then.

  8. Maui 8

    The Oracle at Delphi often went into trance as she imbibed the halluconigenic gases from the Kerna spring as she delivered her prophesies .. but is this the sort of guy we want steering our waka through the ocean swells of the South Pacific ?

  9. infused 9

    Good to see your such an expert ZETETIC.

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