Bye John!

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Remember this guy? John Key to leave Parliament in April

Mr Key will give his final speech to Parliament next week.

A by-election is not required if a vacancy occurs six months before the House rises for a general election. This year’s general election takes place on 23 September.

Labour Party MP David Cunliffe will also leave in April ensuring neither side of the House is disadvantaged by losing one vote.

I don’t know how poor Audrey Young is going to cope with the loss, but she needs to read up on Key’s supposed popularity. Key’s act was was well and truly blown, and he’s moving on without, I suspect, a backward glance, at a job that his heart was never really in.

78 comments on “Bye John!”

  1. lprent 1

    Ah. So now we know why the election is on that odd date of September 23rd.

    I wonder where he is off to..

    • BM 1.1

      Yep National and Labour did a deal so Key and Cunliffe could depart early.

      • Enough is Enough 1.1.1

        Yep to keep the balance of power the deal was done so that both sides would lose one vote each.

      • Ad 1.1.2

        I think you will find it was Williamson, but Williamson got bumped for Key.
        Traffic jam of rats on the gangplank.

      • lprent 1.1.3

        sarc on.

        Amazing David Cunliffe was the initiating party to this agreement. Perhaps you could inform us of the possible machinations that could have allowed David Cunliffe to lever National to set the election date based on his desire to depart?

        /sarc

        You really are a silly plonker. The deal would have been between Key and English. Cunliffe would have just been offered it to keep the house in balance – just as the article said.

      • Skinny 1.1.4

        The 1st of April would have been a far more suitable date given the tom fool antics John Key got up to.

        • John 1.1.4.1

          Too true. I wonder if Key will get his National party knighthood in the Queens birthday honours??? Still struggling to see how and when those less fortunate than the wealthy 1% will get their brighter future.

    • Off to the knackers yard I reckon.

      • DoublePlusGood 1.2.1

        Well, then we don’t have to pay him an average wage for doing nothing…

        • dukeofurl 1.2.1.1

          Once upon a time sitting MPs who contested general election who stood and lost were paid 3 months salary

          Now its all MPs while still an MP at the time the house is dissolved get the 3 months salary.

          So I suppose it saves us all 9 months salary for 2 Mps

    • lprent 1
      15 March 2017 at 12:31 pm
      Ah. So now we know why the election is on that odd date of September 23rd.

      I wonder where he is off to..

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      San Quentin .

      Hes going to do a ‘ Royal ‘ and visit the prisoners.

      And lecture them about the joys of privatized prisons and fight clubs.

  2. We still have no reason why he left,

    • Natwatch 3.1

      There are various rumours that the reason will be forthcoming before the election.

    • Keith 3.2

      Yep, I was going to say the same.

      And I don’t think this money making wheeler dealer “just wanted to be a Prime Minister” as his Herald biographer John Roughan would like us to believe.

      • SpaceMonkey 3.2.1

        Anyone who has been exposed to the goings on in the City of London and Wall St and the types of people that thrive in that environment could see that John Key was a plant.

        You only have to look the number of ex-Goldman Sachs employees that litter very influential positions across Europe and the Americas to know that it’s all about money, power and ensuring crony-capitalism rocks on. And Key is great mates with Lloyd “I’m just doing God’s work” Blankfein – CEO of Goldman Sachs.

        Ev Gilbert (Travellerev) RIP may have been treated by some as a bit fringe but she was right on the money when it came to John Key. Her PDFs on John Key, wherever they are now, made for very interesting reading.

        • tuppence shrewsbury 3.2.1.1

          JK was voted in by a democratic process known as an election, you realise that don’t you?

          • SpaceMonkey 3.2.1.1.1

            I do… I didn’t say he wasn’t.

          • WILD KATIPO 3.2.1.1.2

            tuppence shrewsbury 3.2.1.1
            15 March 2017 at 2:13 pm
            JK was voted in by a democratic process known as an election, you realise that don’t you?

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            Proves nothing. So was another little prick about 60 years ago.

            The problem is in lacking a strong opposition who can stop these sort of narcissist wankers in their tracks long before they can inflict any damage on the rest of us .

      • WILD KATIPO 3.2.2

        Plain facts are , National knew English didnt have a snowballs chance of applying the finishing touches to the Roger Douglas Years of Treason , … they needed someone with pizazz , someone who could think quickly on his feet and lie with a straight face before the cameras.

        John Key was the obvious choice.

        A pro free market , pro Obama , Milton Freidman disciple whose game plan included not only to do the smaller local deconstructions of the NZ welfare state , – but also to tie us up forever in a difficult to extract economic / military so called ‘ Free Trade Deal ‘ called the TTPA.

        No one seriously considered either Brexit or Trump.

        Now then , … about that wee small matter of Pike River…..

  3. Andre 4

    Will no-one think of the Hosk? The wounds from Ponytail’s resignation must have just started to heal, and this will re-open them.

    • lprent 4.1

      Just let the ignorant shithead suffer…

      • WILD KATIPO 4.1.1

        lprent 4.1
        15 March 2017 at 1:22 pm
        Just let the ignorant shithead suffer…

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        Hes had to downgrade to a family car.

        Someone claimed they saw him walking to a bus stop,… but , you know how wild rumors spread so easily… dont think its true myself…

  4. saveNZ 5

    John Key will get $51,725 from taxpayers each year until he dies. And a car too. And domestic travel. https://t.co/R5hhFPT26H

    Shocking – maybe if politicians relied on the pension like everyone else then they would be more interested in preserving the welfare state and be more in touch with reality!

    Even worse when you look at MP’s like Mark Mitchell and the dubious way he and Slater duped the MSM and his own National rivals to get a lucrative MP job… what a great investment (sarc). Now he’s in charge of Security – how fucked up is that!

    God Knows why Key was so keen to throw in his multi million benefits as a financial trader to slum it as a politician (sarc)… maybe the future will let that be known…

    Time to end parliamentary and post parliamentary perks! And raise the standard of integrity of politicians to have some sort of basic humanitarian ability, not be known as an ex mercenary or smiling assassin.

    • james 5.1

      How do you feel about Helen Clarke receiving it ? Still shocking?

      • Sabine 5.1.1

        yes.

        no perks before they retire, if they need money they can earn a living like the rest of us.

      • roy cartland 5.1.2

        Of course it is! It’s a disgraceful waste and should be done away with, especially since every PM has been equipped to pay for themselves.

        If we axed it tomorrow, would we get kids not ‘choosing’ to be PM?

      • WILD KATIPO 5.1.3

        Not as shocked as when China ( our biggest Free Trade Deal partner to date ) and a few other friendly Island nations complained about Keys out – of – control GSCB surveillance on behalf of Obama for the 5 eyes club …
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        james 3.1.1
        15 March 2017 at 1:28 pm
        I predict it will be about as helpful to the left as the “Moment of truth” was last election.
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        Kind of cancels the insinuations you made about Mr Kim Dotcom by showing Key to be a total lying little fucker , now doesn’t it.

      • Kevin 5.1.4

        There should be no perks after any politician leaves.

        It is public service. If they do not like, or understand what that mean,s then they should not be standing for office.

        They are well compensated and taken care of as elected officials. No need for that to carry on after.

      • Doogs 5.1.5

        Yes . . . definitely. Super is means tested. I work part time and don’t get it all. The $51,725 should also be means tested – on a sliding scale so if you’ve got $50M it goes to zero.

    • Kevin 5.2

      Maybe he can donate the perks like he did with his salary…

    • Sanctuary 5.3

      Be careful what you wish for. In New Zealand, members of Parliament got a honorarium of £105 from 1871, and in 1892 (one year before universal sufferage!) the payment was set at £240, considered sufficient to enable working men to stand for Parliament. Before the introduction of pay, lack of means of support was a considerable impediment to working class people being elected. NZ was way, way ahead of the UK in this regard, where the in 1910 the law lords banned trade unions from funding the 42 Labour party MPs – effectively, stripping them of the ability to represent their constituents. Only in 1911 did Lloyd George introduce pay ofr MPs, allowing the Labour members to take their seats free of financial stress.

      In other words, attacking MPs pay and perks has to be done carefully, because if they were not paid, only the rich could afford to stand to be elected.

      • Except the pay and perks need to be sufficient to get people through their careers inside Parliament. There’s no reason to pay them anything after they leave, or provide any perks. They should save for their retirement like regular people do, by putting aside some of their salary.

        And being an MP nowadays is so far separated from the reality you were describing that the Green Party actually titches back a portion of their MP’s salaries to fund the Party itself, doing basically the reverse of what the early UK Labour Party was doing.

      • ropata 5.3.2

        Well said Sanctuary, and the other problem with skimping on MPs benefits is that they will be more susceptible or reliant upon offers from vested interests after their term in Parliament. We can’t have it both ways. To keep the influence of lobbyists at bay we MUST pay our pollies well.

        • Thinkerr 5.3.2.1

          I was thinking the same thing a couple weeks ago when I read the Herald article about National Gen X MPs being ok about Blinguish’s proposed retirement age change.

          Why would you, when you bask on far more than the state pension and it kicks in far earlier?

  5. greywarshark 6

    I think Key’s heart was in the job as PM. He just wasn’t working for the citizens as a whole, just the smaller percentage that had cleared a path to the Golden Temple of Doom. So bye you adventuring Indiana Key. Watch out or you might get eaten by crocodiles or something nasty happen to you. You can’t afford to turn your back on the company you keep.

  6. Tiger Mountain 7

    so;
    our glorious pony pulling, shower weeing, poor bashing, housing bubble enabling, NGO strangling, night school zapping, state house selling, infrastructure plundering, Tax Haven creating, 5 Eyes snooping, tax cut borrowing, and misogynist, dear leader has left the building!!

    • Sabine 7.1

      open the windows, let in the sun and rejoice.

    • mary_a 7.2

      @ Tiger Mountain (7) … yep slithering away out the door, like the filthy venomous serpent he is!

      Anyone else leaving so suddenly from such a high ranking position would be hounded by msm, with some sticky questions being asked, along with some very serious investigative journalism being undertaken. But not so for this squalid little reptilian traitor. Oh no, he’s allowed to leave without challenge from media.

      Wonder why that was?

      What was the deal there?

      • Anne 7.2.1

        What was the deal there?

        He’s promised them free wine bottles from his “I know nuffink about it – behind a Trust wall” vineyard every Xmas for the next 20 years?

      • Tiger Mountain 7.2.2

        very few world leaders sitting in a comfortable position like Key have left to “spend more time with the missus”

        there are many rumours and it will take some time perhaps for the truth to emerge, there was allegedly some unpleasantness in Northland relating to his personal team that would not look good, but my pick is something relating to 5 Eyes now that Peter Thiel has been outed as way more than a random rich guy, who was travelling in that CIA plane on Wellington tarmac at the time of the Warners/Hobbit affair?

        but some will say take him at his word, it is the simplest explanation, except that Mr Key was talking mere weeks before in the media about a 4th term!

        • Anne 7.2.2.1

          …but my pick is something relating to 5 Eyes now that Peter Thiel has been outed as way more than a random rich guy, who was travelling in that CIA plane on Wellington tarmac at the time of the Warners/Hobbit affair?

          Ahaa!!! Thank-you T.M. for that timely bit of information. And what about the hush hush dinner date with Warner Bros. – and others – in Los Angeles in 2012? You know, the one wot caused him to skip the funeral service for the three fallen soldiers. I wonder if Peter Thiel was also a guest?

    • Tiger Mountain (7)

      Was the slimy little shit pushed or did he jump?

  7. SpaceMonkey 8

    Finally! These tears I’m crying are from the years of frustration that it took so long!! Good job he’s going. It is obscene he will still qualify for $50K+ a year.

    • Its obscene we do not have impeachment laws or we could have had gotten rid of the creep years ago. Only problem being… he still would have been the bludging 1% er sponging off the tax payers dollar every year in Mt Eden.

      Maybe the little shithead could have payed for his stay inside like any good ‘ personal responsibility ‘ neo liberal by indulging in a few fight club activity’s himself . With him as one of the champ fighters.

      Cant see him being that effective in paying his way using that method though…. like any bully… he would only be any good against people who cant fight back.

      • SpaceMonkey 8.1.1

        Impeachment laws and economic treason as a crime… that would’ve been enough. But then we’d have to clean out the entire NZ banking and insurance sectors for consistency…

  8. McFlock 9

    Much as I dislike him, John Key must be credited with having a skill unique amongst all preceding Prime Ministers, including Helen Clark.
    How else can you describe someone who was in a job for 8 years and still looks like a fucking petulant dilettante?

    • SpaceMonkey 9.1

      I agree he was a slick salesman… but that doesn’t mean he was good for NZ and he will never be a statesman.

      • McFlock 9.1.1

        😉
        I didn’t say he was a slick salesman (would you have bought a car off him?)

        I said he had a unique skill. That skill was to sit in a job for longer than most people do these days, and still look like he wasn’t trying, wasn’t interested, didn’t really care, and would piss off as soon as something more interesting or with a longer pony tail came along.

        It takes a special fuckwit to manage that these days, let alone in one of the top jobs in the country.

  9. Tophat 10

    He’s playing absolute havoc with my KDS recovery. I get a couple of months of derangeless behavior and the prick rears his ugly boat race once again!
    Could he just fuck off already! :))

  10. AB 11

    Never heard of him. What did he do?

  11. Cinny 12

    Your children need parenting John, they are screaming out for attention, your son wants to be Bieber and your daughter seems to be obsessed with porn.

    Kids come first John and I’m thrilled mine will never ever have your hands fondling their hair.

    Pig of a man, resigning for family reasons? SPOTLIGHT? Nuff said.

    • John Key ponytail pulling bully: New Zealand Prime … – YouTube
      Video for video of john key pulling ponytails you tube▶ 1:42

    • mary_a 12.2

      @ Cinny (12) … it was only a couple of weeks ago the NZH had an article that the porn obsessed daughter was asking for crowdfunding to fund a movie she wants to make in the US!! WTF!!!!!

      Surely daddykins could have coughed up with a few million or so to help girly out to get her name in lights on his beloved Hollywood circuit!

  12. Greg 13

    It’s been truly a lost decade he hasn’t left New Zealand in a better condition so many promises turned out to be total lies at least the captain of the titanic went down with the ship not key . He has abandoned his government /people to the mercy of the mob

    • Rats DO have an innate sense of personal survival at the expense of all else.

      Hence the term…. ‘ like rats off a sinking ship ‘ .

    • whateva next? 15.1

      I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets the IMF job, even though he couldn’t possibly say that .

  13. Whispering Kate 16

    As for the $51,725, a car and domestic travel for life, my partner has just said the entire parliament is just a racketeering institution, all as bad as each other who collude to keep their perks so who needs a government, we may as well just do it for ourselves for the use they are. I would be interested also to know what Helen Clarke enjoys per annum gratis the NZ taxpayer – what a lot of fools we are to expect our Parliament to be there for what it should be – civil society, all the institutions that hold a society together, health, defence, policing, welfare for the needy, what a hollow sham that is – we need an upper house and quickly because at this rate we will be a dictatorship led by banksters, financiers and the World Bank. Even our precious life giving water is being sold from under our feet and do we care – hell no, of course don’t.

    We have lost our courage and respect, once upon a time there would be rebellion and people fighting for the love of their country, now we just sit back, watch crap on TV or social media and couldn’t give a shit what happens. We may as well build motorways over our returned servicemen’s cemeteries for all we care, nobody has learned from their sacrifices – its heartbreaking how venal and shallow we have all become.

    • – we need an upper house and quickly because at this rate we will be a dictatorship led by banksters, financiers and the World Bank. Even our precious life giving water is being sold from under our feet and do we care – hell no, of course don’t.
      ————————————————————————————————————————-

      “While Australia had the better approach, consistent and steady reform over time, it stopped 10 years ago,” English said.”They were better at it. Now they are not, while we are getting better at it.”

      English also cited New Zealand’s “more coherent” political system as an advantage. It avoids the complications of federalism.

      – Bill English.

      2011.

      It’s time to take on the Aussies, says English – The New Zealand Herald
      m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10718151

      Finance Minister Bill English has come under fire for saying low wages in New Zealand help it compete with neighbouring Australia.

      “Well, it’s a way of competing, isn’t it? I mean, if we want to grow this economy, we need the capital – more capital per worker – and we’re competing for people as well,” he said.

      Low wages ‘advantage’ for NZ – English | Stuff.co.nz
      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4869938/Low-wages-advantage-for-NZ-English

      (Nice housing crisis and cheap immigrant labour source you got there , Bill – we love the low wages , slave conditions and family’s sleeping in cars while working two jobs as well… hell ! – it took you since 2011 to get it just how you wanted it , but hey ! – good things take time , right? )

      And though this is a post about the odious Key leaving, both Bill and John worked the relay team that has made us a lesser country for it.

  14. Red Hand 17

    Filmed in their Wellington house with the expansive uninterrupted view, other people remotely distant.

    Bronagh says to the camera, and John home from a squash game after a hard day’s currency trading, “did you win”.

    Yes he had and has and will always win and win and win, always.

  15. Tanz 18

    The MSM make him sound like he’s fantastic. They are not balanced,he’s always had an easy run. Why don’t they ask the tough questions of him? Money talks…and houses have never ever cost so much…

  16. infused 19

    I like how the 51k was put in there. lprent post this?

    im sure labour will get into govt some day

  17. ropata 20

    https://jobloggz.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/has-nz-been-left-with-a-financial-t-rex/

    So what has John Key done in the three terms he’s been in?

    He raised GST to 15%, turned NZ into a tax haven for the one percent, sold NZ land to overseas investors thereby pricing our children out of the domestic housing market, signed NZ up to the TPP, sold state houses – which forced vulnerable NZ families into living in cars, and under his watch New Zealand’s gross debt has soared to a whopping half trillion dollars.

    That’s what we know he’s done. So what’s happening behind the scenes that we don’t know about?

    How about New Zealand’s exposure to derivatives? Does the average Kiwi know the country’s balance sheet now has a derivatives exposure of $180b? That is rather a lot of those “financial weapons of mass destruction”.

    That’s what you get when you elect a banker for Prime Minister. He’s done really well for the one percent.

    • greywarshark 20.1

      You are so restrained ropata. You resisted putting wanker and have raised the tone of the bog thereby. I have just lowered it again, sorry. It was irresistible after reading your concise pile of crimes against NZ. What an indictment on Gnashonall and all who sail in the plonker party.

  18. mosa 21

    “Bye John”

    No….he will always be with us as an example of what happens when a PM who had such huge political capital , popularity and influence and could have achieved real positive change for kiwis , a real lasting meaningful legacy that when asked people would remember because it has a direct positive influence on their lives, but no there is nothing of note at all….nothing.

    It was always about the money and control and the fear of what he did and what he had to hide that he just could not stop once to tell the truth.

    So fearful of losing that control that he would personally authorise the destruction of his opponents from his very own office and a huge army of willing volunteers to help with the deception, the NZ media who obliged fearful of the release of dirt that he had on a lot of them and many others.

    The New Zealanders ( the man and woman on the street ) who voted for this man on the promise of a brighter future three times in a row are still waiting and always will be because he was never going to deliver something better…that’s not what John Key ever intended, all he wanted was a blank cheque and they gave him one.. postdated.

  19. Once was Tim now no longer 22

    Bye John is right!
    Even the overseas ‘3rd World’ main stream media is monitoring our former Dear Leader and his minions – ours just clutch their pearls and balls and can’t seem to cope (going forward).

    I’m not a betting person – but I’ll make an exception:
    Any revelations about Bye Bye John won’t come from NZ journalistic endeavour, but from overseas interests that have been allowed to do the leg work (and believe me! they’re busily at it)

    How embarrasssing! This nation that punches above its weight, this nation of egalitarian values that regularly ranks amongst the Whurl’s least corrupt, this 100% pure nation with now 3rd World water (shift the goal posts if you wish), ……

    Even the 3rd World’s main stream media now has renewed interest in things (such as the Panama Papers)
    The Ken Whitneys
    Blackstones
    SO SO many others

    Meanwhile … The Block, The Batchelor, The bullshit.
    How fucking suphustikaydid.
    Michelle Boag and the arch protector of the left Broin and darling wife Judy, worse still their enabler – Jum ‘The Panel’ Mora and delightful subway woif.

    Christ we’ve become a comfy, selfish, bubble-infected little nation-state ripping off its subjects whilst riding on a wave of history

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