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Does Key give a damn any more?

Written By: - Date published: 10:15 am, October 10th, 2012 - 29 comments
Categories: Minister for Overseas Holidays, Minister for Photo-ops - Tags: , , , ,

My old man, a casual observer of politics, said the other day: “John boy doesn’t look like he wants to be there anymore”. I reckon he’s right. Except when he’s doing photo-ops, Key looks ever more grumpy and aloof. No wonder he’s spending so much time overseas. No wonder he’s making such bad decisions:

  • betraying his promise to the Pike River families
  • back-flipping on the youth wage to drive more young people (who have also seen the cost of education go up) overseas
  • shrugging his shoulders with indifference when we’re warned that the company building our broadband is dodgy
  • failing to use basic political skills to manage the Dotcom issue
  • and walking into a trap by denying the manufacturing crisis, despite the evidence before everyone’s eyes.

Dad reckons the polls will have National below 40% next year, and Key will jump ship. Go off to Hawaii – Planet Key on Earth. I reckon he’s on to something.

29 comments on “Does Key give a damn any more? ”

  1. Tom Gould 1

    Living in the moment was always going to catch up with Key. It’s surprising he has lasted this long. But the alternatives are genuinely frightening – Joyce and Collins. Unlike Key, these two are nasty to the marrow.

    • ianmac 1.1

      Yes Tom. I rather wonder about the murky Machevellian figures behind the “throne.” Key is really the figurehead sort of Presidential. But Joyce? Collins? Parata? Perhaps Key should stay and “die” from a thousand small cuts.

    • Jackal 1.2

      Key’s as nasty as they come, he just hides it better than the others.

    • Peter 1.3

      Nah, you are right. Key has inflicted a lot of pain on New Zealand, but he has probably averted worse from the minions behind him. The nice thing is that Joyce and Collins are probably unelectable, being reincarnations of Bill Birch and Ruth Richardson respectively.

  2. Kotahi Tāne Huna 2

    Key’s boredom and lack of interest have been evident for ages. “Two term John” couldn’t even hold it together for that long.

    • Rosie 2.1

      Couldn’t agree more Kotahi Tane Huna. It was dramatically apparent in January this year when he came back from his hols. He was in quite a state. Behind the mask of indifference, smugness and general contempt he normally wears was a face that was so depressed and a groaning sort of a look of “Oh god, I wish I was still on holiday, I can’t face this”. There were also some freakout moments that displayed his deteriorating ability to cope: Storming out of the press meeting and that throat slitting gesture to the Labour benches when that guy tried to climb over the rail of the public gallery in parliament. What followed, was what looked to me like an anxiety attack. He went to ground for a few days after that.

      The whole PM gig for him has really only ever been a game that involves calculated risk. His game and his corporate masters. It was always going to be about personal ambition (forget “ambishus for New Zild”) and not a desire to be of genuine service to the people of NZ, so now that the shine has worn off he’s tired of the game. The saddest thing is that people believed in him, including the families of the victims of the Pike River Mine Disaster. Perhaps in their grief they put their hope in and trust in him and his empty promises. Promises he didn’t now whether he would be able to keep or not. What kind of person does that to a grieving community?

      PS: Over on Open Mike there is a mini discussion going on about this same topic.

  3. Ben 3

    I don’t understand why people seem so surprised that a currency speculator doesn’t give two shits about the manufacturing sector. Why would he? As far as he’s concerned, NZ needs to become a global financial hub and we’ll be fine: We don’t need to produce anything, we just need to make more people like him remarkably wealthy.

    I also wonder how much money is being made by currency speculators as a result of NZ’s extremely high dollar? Anyone know if there’s lots of money being made by people (who Key might well be friends with) as a result of government policy keeping the exchange rate so high?

  4. David H 4

    But when he goes, so does the 40%+ polling strait down the drain. As I have said before the front bench with out Key is about as attractive as Root Canal without the anesthetic.

  5. Your typical Psychopathic behaviour really!

  6. dewithiel 6

    Oh I think the next job is already being lined up: Hollywood movie producer, y’know like David Geffen. Lots of tax breaks and subsidies, just the sort of thing the right likes.

  7. Poission 7

    Key has little confidence in himself due his inability to ascertain risk.

    Canada has just told Huawei to bugger off.This makes 3/5 of the partners in echelon saying Huawei is a security risk,(the uk trying to unbundle and having to create a new network for both research institutions,the military and strategic assets)

    Thus there is only a 1 in 5 chance of the Key being correct.A rank outsider in the intelligence race.

    • Colonial Viper 7.1

      I suppose Huawei is a security risk because they refuse to implement the backdoors demanded by western intelligence agencies? 😈

  8. idlegus 8

    i can’t find it online anywhere but on radiolive this morning they were reporting that john key admitted to bernie monk that he had been in touch with one of the people involved in the royal commision investigating the pike river disaster. i think damien o’connor was talking about it also.

    • bbfloyd 8.1

      I heard Damien talking about it on the news….Key just seems to be falling to bits at the moment….. I suppose once the layer of glitter started falling off, he started drying out….Another few months of dessication, and it will only take a small nudge to make him disintegrate into a pile of dust….He’ll make good fertilizer though… (which is more useful than his work as pm).

  9. tc 9

    Sideshow John’s never given a damm about anything other than the limo treatment, the perks, the enlarged protective services presence that feeds one’s ego, getting to tick so many boxes a mere rich man can’t like being escorted in and out of a warzone, all those air force chopper rides, royal wedding, open a world cup, meet the president, dinner at the OZ PM’s residence etc etc

    Boag probably ensured she emphasised this when she recruited him whilst blinglish was driving the party into the dust and near oblivion in the 02 election.

    • David H 9.1

      And I’ll bet she didn’t envision Key Driving the party into the dust in 2012

      • tc 9.1.1

        I wouldn’t be to sure of that, they know the wrecking eventually takes its toll that’s why they’ll plunder as much as they can and not give a damm what happens next.

  10. King Kong 10

    Well my Dad said that National would be polling near 50% and that most of the Labour front bench are lazy retards.

    Sad days when commentators here are taking as gospel and celebrating the musings of some random nobody.

    • Te Reo Putake 10.1

      “Sad days when commentators here are taking as gospel and celebrating the musings of some random nobody.”
       
      Harsh words, KK, does your Dad know you feel that way about him?

      • Jokerman 10.1.1

        Yesterday, upon the stair
        I met a man who wasn’t there
        He wasn’t there again today
        I wish, I wish he’d go away

        (This Monkey’s Gone To Heaven….and the Devil is 6 and the Devil is Six and the devil is six.)

  11. captain hook 11

    My dad says monkeys should stay in their cage and stick to eating their nuts.
    anyway thats by the by.
    If Kweewee were still at Merril Lynch the whole cabinet would have had their pinks slips by now and he would be looking for his own golden parachute.

    • tc 11.1

      Shonkey is kind of still at ML, just not ‘officially’ but he’s wheeling and dealing to enrich them as if he’d never left.

  12. Red Rosa 12

    We’ll see how he handles this one. Can’t leave it to the juniors. Looks kinda tricky.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/7792386/Ultrafast-broadband-impasse-could-be-costly

    • Kotahi Tāne Huna 12.1

      Oh my giddy Aunt.

      Please tell me there’s an explanation for the National Party asides from innate stupidity.

  13. Drakula 13

    Well I am a great believer in poetic justice!!!

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