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Disgraceful

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, May 24th, 2011 - 53 comments
Categories: budget 2011, john key - Tags:

“The worst display from a Prime Minister since the schnapps election” – that’s what a journo said about Key the other day. No, it wasn’t about him being a multi-millionaire who gave himself tens of thousands of tax cuts opposing a fair wage increase for the lowest paid workers. It was this disgraceful behaviour on Budget Day. Watch.

Remember, this is your Prime Minister standing in your Parliament, supposedly defending his government’s plan for your country’s economy and society.

A mate, tongue-in-cheek, wondered if Key isn’t fighting his own private war against P.

53 comments on “Disgraceful”

  1. billy fish 1

    Um…… defense? He mentioned sod all about it.

  2. nadis 2

    ?

    Sorry- whats disgraceful? You may need to explain……..

    • Blighty 2.1

      your PM shrieking, screaming childish insults, and wailing like a banshee in your parliament. that’s disgraceful

      • Oleolebiscuitbarrell 2.1.1

        Have ya ever seen Goff? He is famous for those shrill red-faced rants.

        • Blue 2.1.1.1

          I thought Goff was going to pop a vein in his speech, what was the difference? Where’s the disgrace?

          • Colonial Viper 2.1.1.1.1

            Key the Comedian.

            Only problem is he is supposed to be PM, not showboating a laugh show.

    • Tombstone 2.2

      I live in CHCH and I’m sick to death of Key using our fucking tragedy for politikng. He’s a rich smarmy prick and the sooner he’s gone the better.

  3. Colonial Viper 3

    Key is a bad liar and a muppet. His Government promised 170,000 new jobs in his last Budget – just forgot to say they were all in Australia.

    • Jim Nald 3.1

      And if your kids aren’t ambitiously planning to be dairy farmers, milk maids, hotel receptionists and chamber maids, and supermarket stackers, there won’t be much here for them here.
      The time is nigh – ditch New Zealand and cross the Ditch.
      Kiss your kids goodbye.

      • Akldnut 3.1.1

        Already lost 3 daughters to Aussie in the last 2.5 years and another 1 on the way shortly.
        She is a solo mother who got a full time job, after all her outgoings she was working 40+ hours a week for approx $25 – $30. Barely subsistance living.
        The biggest slice of the pie – Daycare (and its funded).
        We all know the muppets are the people sitting behind and supporting the HONjKEY.

  4. Daveo 4

    Looks more like coke than p to me.

  5. Campbell Larsen 5

    National ‘support the jobs’? – WTF – support a wealthy US film company to exploit NZ workers more like.
    Shonkys negotiating method, place all cards on table, then pay handsomely via tax break for the crumbs off said table.
    If this disgrace of a PM could stop cracking himself up for one minute he might notice that those without jobs and on low incomes are not laughing along with him, and that this sort of display when people are struggling is insulting to say the very least.

  6. the sprout 6

    I thought his referring to the Loyal Opposition as ‘muppets’ was pretty poor form for a Prime Minister, whether it’s accurate or not. What’s next? Poo Bum Wee Wees?

    Great photo of his Lordship btw Zet.

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      He called the public service “muppets” too when he was on The Edge talking about his holiday plans in Hawaii.

      I’m not really sure that he really understands that “muppet” as a term of derision, means someone who doesn’t think for themselves and just says what they’ve been told to say by their puppet-masters.

  7. Tel 7

    😯
    Crikey! This is why I avoid “budshit day”. It was as though his speech was written by a reincarnated Rob Muldoon and pitched like an narcissistic two year old toddler throwing his toys out of the cot. Where were the National Party parents to send little Johnny Key to “time out” when we need them? 😆

  8. Peter 8

    We can all look forward to the MSM re-running this and the BBC Hardtalk fiasco throughout the election campaign.

  9. ianmac 9

    Noticed Turiana in shot quietly shaking her head at the Key performance. But you think that Key would spend his time explaining his Budget rather than an inordinate amount of time with rather nasty sneers at Labour. If Mr Goff is no threat, why bother with the sneers? Of course the younger pair in the background with Key, in a different context, would have journalists describing them as leering with fixed grins as Key sycophants. A queasy PM?

  10. randal 10

    we have to remember that key was headhunted bytinternational executive consultants for a bit of primeministering in noozeeland. these people are anti-democratic and have a corporate vision that does not include listening to others. in short a claque of rightwing nutbars.

  11. todd 11

    Some have said that it’s just the booze… But I’m pretty sure there is some sort of substance abuse going on there with our Prime Minster. Although it’s more likely to be horse tranquilizer than P.

  12. JS 12

    That man on the left behind him has 15 properties. Not one of the people.

    • Blue 12.1

      Do you think he owns them by accident, or hard work? WTF does “one of the people” mean. you have to be poor to be one of the people?

  13. JS 13

    He won’t be voting for a capital gains tax anytime soon.

  14. higherstandard 14

    Haven’t the people here ever seen the debating chamber on and around budget day before ?

    This is pretty standard fare.

  15. Morrissey 15

    That head-nodding, smiling functionary sitting directly behind the prime minister is Napier M.P. Chris Tremain. The late great Hawkes Bay and All Black footballer, Kel Tremain was his father. I wonder what he would think about his son playing such a servile role in parliament.

    • Blue 15.1

      I agree he reminded me of that red headed gentleman who is no longer in parliament due to his personal disgrace. He was always peering over Helens shoulder looking admiringly at his mum.

    • Blue 15.2

      He would probably be proud of his sons achievements, like most parents.

  16. Bruce 16

    He always sounds half pissed.

  17. deemac 17

    the govt has to play the man rather than the policies (where they’d be on shaky ground) so this is surely a deliberate tactic

  18. Pascal's bookie 18

    This would be John’s positive and aspirational style that he’s so fond of telling everyone he has, yeah?

  19. queenstfarmer 19

    That was actually a very good performance from Key. Expect the interest rates issue (much higher under Labour, hurting young families trying to buy a house) to get major play in the campaign.

    • Armchair Critic 19.1

      That was actually a very good performance from Key.
      True, most of the time he is much worse.
      Expect the interest rates issue (much higher under Labour, hurting young families trying to buy a house) to get major play in the campaign.
      Won’t make much impact. After all, National have predicted 170,000 jobs and a 4% increase in wages. Young families wanting to buy houses will have jobs and better wages if the budget predictions are correct, so interest rates won’t be an issue.
      Of course, if we can’t rely on National’s budget predictions, we also can’t rely on their claims about interest rates.

    • Lanthanide 19.2

      National like to say that low interest rates are good thing. The interest rates are low because:
      1. Financial crisis
      2. Earthquakes
      3. We never left recession
       
      I think claiming credit for low interest rates requires claiming credit for all of those 3 things.
       
      At best, it’s the silver lining.

      • Blue 19.2.1

        Sure its like Labour claiming their 9 years of surpluses was solely due to their financial management and nothing to do with the world economic boom at all. Other things are in play here and it only takes an obtuse individual to see it otherwise. Its a bit like thinking revenue is profit in a business (This is Labour policy now I believe).

        • Pascal's bookie 19.2.1.1

          I’m sure you have a cite for that.

          Be careful you don’t grab one that has National claiming the surpluses mean we can afford massive tax cuts so we can be just like Ireland.

  20. randal 20

    national says it is the party of business so where is the new business.
    the only buisness they know at the moment is ‘FUNNY’ business..

  21. nadis 21

    Of course you guys are missing the point.

    On the one hand, Key is “the most shit politician NZ has ever seen”

    On the other hand, by any measurable metric, he is dominating completely every politician on the left. And dominating to a degree that is quite frankly embarrassing.

    What does that make Goff and his team?

    • Blue 21.1

      It makes him more shit (and his team) than the “most shit” politician NZ has ever seen. To use the vernacular. Although it does put in perspective Harawira and the Handout Party.

    • RedLogix 21.2

      And the point you seems to miss is that the PM occupies a special position in our political system; Key is the leader of the Cabinet and has a grip on most of the levers of power in this nation. As such he should not need to resort to rants and loose lipped sneers in the House… at least not almost every time he speaks.

      I expect better of any PM.

  22. Blue 22

    Come on Red, Helen Clark was the most sneering superior sounding politician I’ve seen in a long time, since Muldoon in fact. She dismissed out of hand, those that disagreed with her and surrounded herself with sycophants that did. She never asked the people what they wanted from Government, she told them what they wanted. IMO that, and the fact she didn’t exactly reflect NZ Society, is the biggest reason she lost. People didn’t like her. The difference is that Key has a sense of humour and doesn’t take himself oh so seriously, and people do like him. To argue otherwise it to ignore the polls, all of which say the left is dying by its own hand. Getting all thin-lipped and hysterical about it doesn’t change the fact that Key had a rant, Goff had a rant. Neither of which makes any difference to anyone.

    • RedLogix 22.1

      No what you didn’t like was that Helen Clark could speak clearly, concisely and had an informed answer for most questions. Unfortunately too many New Zealanders are still intimidated and uncomfortable by intelligent and powerful women who speak their minds, so yes I can see why so many people didn’t ‘like’ her. Emotion trumps reason every time.

      Moreover to my recall she rarely resorted to anything like the ranting nutjob Key reduces himself to here.

      • M 22.1.1

        Hear, hear RL.

        Forest Key would probably only be able to give an opinion based on reports reduced to bullet points on a Powerpoint presentation as he looks the type who would be too lazy to read anything more challenging than a comic book.

    • Deborah Kean 22.2

      People didn’t like her

      I think you mean “some people” didn’t like her – people such as the red-faced, fat bitter right-wing bus driver I had the misfortune to travel with to Parnell last week… He spent the whole journey whining about how horrible socialist lesbian Helen was – and pointed out John Key’s house, advising me to make a pilgrimage there! 😀

  23. rod 23

    One thing Key really won hands down over Goff. He shouted twice as loud.

  24. Terry 24

    This male is actually popular with the typical (and comfortable) Kiwi? This is our top politician on show? What the hell does it say for New Zealanders that they adore such a leader? (I want to avoid expletives). Give me Mrs Harawira any day! This rave makes one cringe with embarrassment. Clearly he has something to fear from Goff and Labour.

  25. Carol 25

    I thought Key’s budget speech was even more disgraceful than his other worst antics in the House. This was because he was talking about difficult times, and bringing in policies that would hurt some of the less well-off – and he did it with a song and dance routine that treated the whole thing as a bit of a joke. It was a well-choreographed performance aimed at entertaining & distracting from the actual policies he was supposed to be presenting and arguing for.

    The sneering and nastiness was pretty normal for him, but altogether it showed him to be a PM who has little sensitivity for people going through some very hard times, and was aiming to sell unfair and problematic policies.

    • Anne 25.1

      What I also found abhorrent was the mindless cheering and clapping from the Hooray Harrys and Harriets. The two who sit behind Key are a good example. Where do they find such politically impotent imbeciles?

  26. Bunji 26

    It should come with subtitles. Not just so you can actually understand what he’s saying, but also a Health Warning – May not contain any facts.

    It was great him talking about the low interest rates because he’s kept NZ near recession, but he doesn’t seem to understand that that doesn’t help people buy houses when they don’t have a job, or haven’t had a pay rise in 2 years…

  27. vto 27

    You know what I find most disgraceful about this display??

    Government consumes about one third of our working lives which is bloody ridiculous. One day in every three goes wholly and fully to government. What a drag. Anyways that is the way it is at the moment – but what I find disgraceful is that John Key seems to find the allocation of that one third of my working life such a joke.

    It aint no joke to me – it is one third of my working life.

    It seems to me that al politicians instantly forget this the moment they get near to those glittering shiny evil levers of power.

    Such allocation deserves the most solemn of considerations and actions followed up by similarly appropriate conduct in explanation.

    Wanker.

    • billy fish 27.1

      That has to be the best statement on Govt and Parliament I have seen in a very long time vto. And nicely applies to all in the house. I wouldn’t say all politicians instantly foget this – I’ve met a few who do remember and treat thier jobs with the rigour and seriousness it deserves.
      But good call on the way Key is treating it as a joke

  28. Maui 28

    Give him more schnapps ..

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  • Plan to improve protection of moa bones
    Moa bones and other sub-fossil remains of extinct species are set to have improved protection with proposals to prevent the trade in extinct species announced the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage today. “We have lost too many of our native species, but these lost species, such as moa, remain an ...
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  • Free lunches served up to thousands of school children in the South Island
    The Government’s free and healthy school lunches programme moves south for the first time creating jobs for around 30 people in Otago and Southland. “Eighteen schools with 3000 students are joining the programme – 11 have already begun serving lunches, and seven are preparing to start during Term 3. This is ...
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  • Screen Sector recovery package protects jobs, boosts investment
    Thousands of Kiwi jobs and investment in New Zealand productions will be protected through a screen sector support package announced today by Associate Minister for Arts Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni, Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Broadcasting Kris Faafoi. The package also includes investment in broadcasting ...
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  • New fund to help save local events and jobs
    The Government has established a new $10 million fund for the domestic events sector to help save jobs and protect incomes as it recovers from the impacts of COVID-19, Minister of Economic Development Phil Twyford announced today. This funding from Budget 2020 follows talks with the event sector designed to ...
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  • Bill to improve fuel market competition
    The Government has taken another step in its commitment to making sure New Zealanders get a fairer deal at the petrol pump with the introduction of legislation to improve competition in the retail fuel market, says Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods. “The fuel market study that this Government ordered ...
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  • New Zealand joins global facility for pre-purchase of COVID-19 Vaccine
    New Zealand has joined a global initiative that aims to enable all countries to access a safe and effective Covid-19 vaccine, Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters announced today. The COVAX Facility was recently launched by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. The Alliance includes the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank ...
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  • Right to legal representation in Family Court restored today
    From today new legislation takes effect to both restore the right to legal representation at the start of a Care of Children (CoCA) dispute in the Family Court, and allow parties to those proceedings to access legal aid where eligible. During a visit to the Family Court in Auckland today, ...
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  • Transitioning to a fully-qualified home-based ECE workforce
    Home-based early childhood education (ECE) subsidised by the government will transition to a fully qualified workforce by 2025 to ensure better and more consistent quality, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced today. “Quality early learning helps provide children with a strong foundation for their future,” Chris Hipkins said. From 1 January ...
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  • Criminal Cases Review Commission gets to work
    The new Criminal Cases Review Commission | Te Kāhui Tātari Ture (CCRC) has started work and can now independently investigate claimed miscarriages of justice. “Even though we have appeal rights and safeguards against unsafe convictions, from time to time our justice system does get things wrong. The design of the ...
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  • Speech by the Minister of Defence to the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs
    E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karangatanga maha, tēnā koutou Ki a koutou Te Āti Awa, Taranaki Whānui, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, ngā mana whenua o te rohe nei, tēnā koutou Ko Te Whare Wānanga o Aotearoa ki ngā take o te Ao (NZIIA), Ko te Rōpū Tohu Tono ...
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  • Six months with baby and $20 more a week for new parents
    The Government’s increase to paid parental leave kicks in today with another 4 weeks taking New Zealand up to a full 6 months (26 weeks, up from 22 weeks) leave for new parents, and the maximum weekly payment will increase by $20pw, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway says. ...
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  • Infrastructure investment to create jobs, kick-start COVID rebuild
    A new package of infrastructure investments will help kick-start the post-COVID rebuild by creating more than 20,000 jobs and unlocking more than $5 billion of projects up and down New Zealand. Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones today outlined how the $3 billion infrastructure fund in the ...
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  • Statement on passage of national security law for Hong Kong
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters today expressed the New Zealand Government’s deep disappointment at the passage by China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee of a national security law for Hong Kong. “New Zealand has consistently emphasised its serious concern about the imposition of this legislation on Hong Kong without inclusive ...
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  • July 1 marks progress for workers, families
    More jobs and more family time with newborns are the centrepiece of a suite of Government initiatives coming into effect today. July 1 is a milestone day for the Government as a host of key policies take effect, demonstrating the critical areas where progress has been made. “The Coalition Government ...
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  • Auckland water consent referred to Board of Inquiry
    Environment Minister David Parker has today “called in” Auckland’s application to the Waikato Regional Council to take an extra 200 million litres of water a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for Auckland drinking water and other municipal uses.  The call-in means the application has been referred ...
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  • New Zealand to host virtual APEC in 2021
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker announced today that New Zealand’s hosting of APEC in 2021 will go ahead using virtual digital platforms. Mr Peters said the global disruption caused by COVID-19, including resultant border restrictions, had been the major factor in the ...
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  • Matakana Link Road construction kicks off and drives jobs
    The start of construction on a new link road between Matakana Road and State Highway 1 will create jobs and support the significant population growth expected in the Warkworth area, Transport Minister Phil Twyford and Mayor Phil Goff announced today. Transport Minister Phil Twyford said construction of the Matakana Link ...
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  • PPE supplies secured as COVID-19 response focuses on border
    The Government is prioritising its latest investment in PPE for frontline health workers, including staff at managed isolation and quarantine facilities, Health Minister David Clark says. “With no community transmission of COVID-19 our response now has a firm focus on keeping our border safe and secure. “We must ensure that ...
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  • PGF funding for Parihaka settlement
    The Parihaka Papakāinga Trust in Taranaki will receive up to $14 million for a new visitor centre and other improvements at the historic settlement that will boost the local economy and provide much-needed jobs, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Andrew Little have ...
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    6 days ago
  • Protections for workers in triangular employment
    Protections for workers who are employees of one employer but working under the direction of another business or organisation have come into force, closing a gap in legislation that  made the personal grievance process inaccessible for some workers, says Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway. “This Government is working hard to ...
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  • Government strengthens managed isolation system
    A range of improvements are already underway to address issues identified in the rapid review of the Managed Isolation and Quarantine system released today, Housing Minister Megan Woods said. The review was commissioned just over a week ago to identify and understand current and emerging risks to ensure the end-to-end ...
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  • Whakatāne to go predator free with Government backing Ngāti Awa led efforts
    The important brown kiwi habitat around Whakatāne will receive added protection through an Iwi-led predator free project announced by Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Under Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau. “The Government is investing nearly $5 million into Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Awa’s environmental projects with $2.5 ...
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  • Growing Goodwood: Expanding wood waste recycling plant in Bay of Plenty, Waikato
    An extra 4,000 tonnes of offcuts and scraps of untreated wood per year will soon be able to be recycled into useful products such as horticultural and garden mulch, playground safety surfacing and animal bedding as a result of a $660,000 investment from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister ...
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  • Scott Watson’s convictions to be referred to Court of Appeal
    The Governor-General has referred Scott Watson’s convictions for murder back to the Court of Appeal, Justice Minister Andrew Little announced today. Mr Watson was convicted in 1999 of the murders of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. His appeal to the Court of Appeal in 2000 was unsuccessful, as was his ...
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  • Protecting Kiwis with stronger financial supervision
    A new five-year funding agreement for the Reserve Bank will mean it can boost its work to protect New Zealanders’ finances, Finance Minister Grant Robertson says. “New Zealand has a strong and stable financial system. Financial stability is an area that we are not prepared to cut corners for, particularly ...
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  • Forgotten funds and missing money
    A law change has been introduced to make it easier for forgotten funds in institutional accounts to be returned more easily to their rightful owners. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has introduced an amendment to the Unclaimed Money Act 1971. It will update the rules controlling forgotten sums of money held ...
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  • Government delivers on mental health commitment
    The Government is delivering on election commitments and a key recommendation of He Ara Oranga: Report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction with the establishment of a permanent independent Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission, Health Minister Dr David Clark says. Legislation enabling the establishment of the fully ...
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  • New Zealand privacy law modernised
    A Bill to replace New Zealand’s Privacy Act passed its third reading in Parliament today, Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced. “The protections in the Privacy Bill are vitally important. The key purpose of the reforms is to promote and protect people’s privacy and give them confidence that their personal ...
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  • Tourism operators provided extra support
    Extra support is being provided to tourism businesses operating on public conservation land announced Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.  The Government is providing $25m worth of support to tourism operators impacted by COVID-19, with a decision to waive most Department of Conservation tourism related concession ...
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