John Key is “comfortable” with his Minister Paul Bennett releasing private information (in breach of the Cabinet Manual, Privacy Commission guidelines, and the Privacy Act). This was a move designed solely to harass and bully two individuals that Bennett wanted to silence. How could that Nice Mr Key be comfortable with such a gross abuse of power? A quick trip down memory lane soon makes it clear.
Key was “comfortable” applying political pressure himself to attack a reporter. Up to and possibly including trying to get that reporter sacked. Up to and including the point where other reporters at The Herald felt moved to write a letter of complaint to their management about it.
There were other occasions where National tried to bully a journalist, or angered them to the point where they struck back. Trying those tactics on The Standard didn’t get them very far! Key was also “comfortable” trying to use the legal tool of an injunction in repeated (failed) attempts to silence the 50,000 Kiwis represented by the EPMU. He attacked a group of young Mt Albert protesters, labelling them “cold and desperate”. He was perfectly “comfortable” with his cynical, premeditated and repeated attack on Labour MPs, the ludicrous claim that they as individuals practically condone child abuse: “Members on this side of the House care about abused kids, but members on that side do not.” In all of this Key is taking his lead, of course, from his handlers, the Crosby/Textor bullies, who go to extraordinary lengths to bully and silence their critics.
Yep, JK is a pretty comfortable kinda guy. He’s personally comfortable with bullying, the use of political or legal pressure to silence his critics, and any kind of outrageous allegation that pops into his head. It should come as no surprise then that he is comfortable with Bennett’s transgressions.