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.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Kids bear the brunt of Budget
    Future generations are the ones bearing the brunt of National’s failure to provide education services the funding they need to make ends meet, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “For nine years in a row the Government has told our ...
    42 mins ago
  • The real costs of National’s election bribe
    The cost of National’s poorly-targeted election year budget bribe is that there’s nothing to fix the housing crisis, health funding is cut, and funding for schools is cut, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “As the dust begins to settle ...
    2 hours ago
  • Health running on empty
    Get ready for more cuts to health at a local level, affecting all New Zealanders, after a Budget that failed to deliver even enough for health services to stand still, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark. “District Health Boards this ...
    3 hours ago
  • Nats’ budget a double-crewed ambulance parked at the bottom of the cliff
    National’s election year Budget shows that there’s no coincidence Finance Minister Steven Joyce doubles as National’s campaign manager, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The 2017 Budget reveals a lack of vision, and is simply an election year budget with ...
    19 hours ago
  • After nine years, it’s the One Dollar Bill Budget
    National’s Budget 2017 is an irresponsible election bribe which after nine years exposes a government that’s run out of energy and ideas to tackle the big issues facing New Zealand,” says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “This is simply cynical electioneering ...
    23 hours ago
  • Alfred Ngaro might be sorry – but to whom?
    The fact that the number of people classified as homeless on the Social Housing Register has doubled over the past year alone should be the real reason for Alfred Ngaro’s recent apologies, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “As ...
    2 days ago
  • Government’s data-for-funding backdown embarrassing
    The Government’s U-turn on their shambolic attempt to collect private client data from social services is an embarrassment for a senior Minister, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “After months of criticism and mismanagement, the Government has finally cut ...
    2 days ago
  • Overloaded hospitals reach crisis point
      The country’s hospitals have reached breaking point with some hospitals discharging patients to free up bed space and patients with serious injuries having to wait hours to be seen by a doctor, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.   ...
    2 days ago
  • National fails on critical school building needs
    Students are paying the price of the Government’s failure to invest fast enough in school buildings to keep pace with Auckland’s increasing population, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Parents should lay the blame for their children having to put up ...
    2 days ago
  • Tipping culture is not welcome in NZ
    Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett’s comments about tipping have been in the news and have sparked off a series of furious discussions about tipping in Aotearoa. From our point of view, tipping every time you’re provided a service is a ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    3 days ago
  • Mental Health a huge cost for Police
      The cost of dealing with mental health incidents for our police was a staggering $36.7 million which shows just why we need Labour’s fresh approach on Mental Health, says the Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   “Police now ...
    3 days ago
  • Grant Robertson: Speech to Otago-Southland Employers Association
    Thanks to the Otago Southland Employers Association and Virginia for hosting me this evening.  It is always a pleasure to come back to the city and region that shaped who I am as a person. I believe that growing up ...
    4 days ago
  • Renting a home in the Wild West
    It can be tough renting a place to live, and it could be about to get tougher. Radio NZ is reporting that the American Rentberry app wants to start operating in New Zealand. Rentberry allows landlords to play perspective tenants ...
    GreensBy Metiria Turei
    4 days ago
  • Free West Papua leader in Aotearoa
    Last week I hosted Free West Papua leader Benny Wenda at Parliament and travelled with him to a number of important events. Benny is spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua and lives in exile in England. 14 ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    6 days ago
  • Nats unprepared for record immigration
    National’s under-investment in housing, public services, and infrastructure means New Zealand is literally running out of beds for the record number of new migrants, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour opposes Ports of Auckland sale
    Labour would strongly oppose the sell-off of the Ports of Auckland to fix a short term cash crisis caused by the Government blocking the city’s requests for new ways to fund infrastructure, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National ...
    1 week ago
  • Workers pay the price of Silver Fern’s Fairton closure
    The threatened closure of Silver Fern Farms’ Fairton Plant in Ashburton raises serious questions about the Government’s support of the sale of half of the company to a foreign company, when it appears this outcome may have been inevitable, says ...
    1 week ago
  • National’s answer to the housing crisis: One new affordable house per 100 new Aucklanders
    National’s fudge of a housing plan will make Auckland even more of a speculators’ paradise, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    1 week ago
  • Government can’t be trusted with private data
    The independent review of the Ministry of Social Development’s data breach in April has shown, once again, that the Ministry cannot be trusted with private client information, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. “The investigation by former Deloitte chairman ...
    1 week ago
  • Another crisis, another half-baked National plan
    The National Party may have finally woken up to the teacher supply crisis facing our schools but their latest half-baked, rushed announcement falls well short of the mark in terms of what’s required, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. ...
    1 week ago
  • Nats: Don’t bite the hand that feeds you
    Alfred Ngaro’s recent comments have exposed the Government’s ‘don’t bite the hand that feeds you’ approach, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. ...
    1 week ago
  • Breaking news – National admits there’s a housing crisis
    National finally admits there’s a housing crisis, but today’s belated announcement is simply not a credible response to the problem it’s been in denial about for so long, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “National can’t now credibly claim ...
    1 week ago
  • Nats lay the ground for housing bust
    Goldman Sachs’ warning that New Zealand has the developed world’s most over-priced housing market, with a 40 per cent chance of a bust within two years, shows the consequences of National’s nine years of housing neglect, says Labour Housing spokesperson ...
    1 week ago
  • Well they would say that, wouldn’t they?
    Property investors’ lobby groups have been up in arms this week about Labour and Green parties’ plans to close tax loopholes and fix the housing market. That’s probably a good thing. Like an investor in any other sector, they expect ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    1 week ago
  • Alfred Ngaro reflects National’s culture of silencing debate
    Image from Getty Images Community groups must be free to advocate for the people they serve. It’s these people who see first-hand if ideas dreamt up in Wellington actually work on the ground. It’s essential that they can speak freely ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Bill English must reassure community organisations
    The Prime Minister must do more to reassure community organisations after Cabinet Minister Alfred Ngaro's apparent threats to their funding if they criticise government policy which has left a born-to-rule perception amongst many, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Alfred Ngaro ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Extremism and its discontents
    Another scar on global democracy appeared recently, this time in Germany.It seems that the number of soldiers on duty with extremist political leanings has become a concern to the military leadership in that country. Soldiers were found openly possessing ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    2 weeks ago
  • Government’s suicide approach disappoints
    Mike King’s sudden departure from the Government’s suicide prevention panel, amid claims the Government’s approach is ‘deeply flawed’, is further evidence National is failing on mental health, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Jacinda Ardern. “Mental health is reaching crisis point in ...
    2 weeks ago
  • National backs speculators, fails first home buyers
    National is showing its true colours and backing speculators who are driving first home buyers out of the market, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “By defending a $150m a year hand-out to property speculators, Bill English is turning his back ...
    2 weeks ago
  • More oversight by Children’s Commissioner needed
    More funding and more independence is required for the Children’s Commissioner to function more effectively in the best interests of Kiwi kids in State care, says Labour’s spokesperson for children Jacinda Ardern. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour to end tax breaks for speculators; invest in warm, healthy homes
    Labour will shut down tax breaks for speculators and use the savings to help make 600,000 homes warmer and healthier over the next ten years, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “It’s time for fresh thinking to tackle the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Health of young people a priority for Labour
    Labour will ensure all young people have access to a range of health care services on-site at their local secondary school, says Labour’s deputy leader Jacinda Ardern. “Our policy will see School Based Health Services extended to all public secondary ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Ratifying the TPPA makes no sense
    The recent high-fiving between the government and agricultural exporters over ratification of the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) is empty gesture politics in an election year. Ratification by New Zealand means nothing. New Zealand law changes are not implemented unless the ...
    GreensBy Barry Coates
    2 weeks ago
  • NIWA report proves National’s trickery re swimmable rivers
    National have a slacker standard for swimmable rivers than was the case prior to their recent so-called Clean Water amendment to the National Policy Statement (NPS), says Labour’s Water spokesperson David Parker. “The table 11 on page 25 of the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • MPS shows new approach needed on housing
    The Reserve Bank’s latest Monetary Policy Statement provides further evidence that only a change in government will start to fix the housing crisis, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “It is more evident than ever that only a Labour-led government ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Fresh approach on mental health
    Labour will introduce a pilot scheme of specialist mental health teams across the country in government to ensure swifter and more effective treatment for those who need urgent help, says Labour’s Leader Andrew Little. “Mental health is in crisis. It ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Sallies back Labour’s plan for affordable homes
    The country’s most respected social agency has endorsed Labour’s KiwiBuild plan to build homes that families can afford to buy, and delivered a withering assessment of the National Government’s housing record, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Education is for everyone, not just the elite
    Proposals by the National Party to ration access to higher education will once again make it a privilege only available to the elite, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Speaking at the Education Select Committee, Maurice Williamson let the National ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Cancer support changes far too little, certainly late
    Anne Tolley’s belated backtrack to finally allow Jobseeker clients suffering from cancer to submit only one medical certificate to prove their illness fails to adequately provide temporary support for people too sick to work, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Kids must come first in enrolment debate
    The best interests of children should be the major driver of any change to policies around initial school enrolments, not cost cutting or administrative simplicity, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.   “The introduction of school cohort entry is ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Feed the Kids
    While in Whangarei last week, I had the pleasure of meeting Buddhi Manta from the Hare Krishna movement whose cafe is making lunch for some schools in Whangarei. His group have been feeding up to 1,000 primary school kids at local ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    3 weeks ago
  • DHBs’ big budget blowout
    New Zealand’s District Health Boards are now facing a budget deficit of nearly $90 million dollars, a significant blowout on what was forecast, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.   Labour believes health funding must grow to avoid further cuts ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Govt plays catch up on drug funding
    The Government's backdown on Pharmac is welcomed because previous rhetoric around the agency being adequately funded was just nonsense, says Labour's Health spokesperson David Clark. ...
    3 weeks ago