The New Zealand Herald is, as usual, uncritically repeating John Key’s latest lines on the front page of its website. This time Key’s scaremongering that a Labour-led government would be a “five-headed monster”. Much better to go with a simple, straight-forward National government, says Key.
It’s a pity we don’t have the resources for basic fact-checking in our media anymore, because it would save everyone a great deal of time and embarrassment. The Herald quotes Key:
“Do [New Zealanders] want to put in a National government with a fresh view that will work going in one direction with a small group of parties, or do they want a potentially five-headed monster?” he said.
His comments come in the wake of a TV3 poll, which last night showed a Labour-led coalition with support from the Green Party, the Maori Party, New Zealand First and the Progressive Party could govern.
Um, no, actually. The TV3 poll, which the Herald linked to in its own article, had NZ First at 3.5% and out of Parliament. The options on the table were either Labour + Progressive + Green + Maori or National + ACT + United Future + Maori. Either way, that’s a four-party arrangement.
It would seem the monsters are all in John’s imagination. Basic fact-checking, that’s all it takes guys.