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Friends like these

Written By: - Date published: 12:38 pm, October 24th, 2011 - 66 comments
Categories: don brash, election 2011 - Tags: ,

Act president Chris Simmons on Don Brash’s sudden trip to Europe: Brash’s skills were in economic management, not in “glad-handing rugby players and tickertape parades” which he would happily leave to Prime Minister John Key.
John Banks: “I’m going to do the photo opportunity with Richie McCaw,” he laughed. “I need the votes more than Dr Brash.”

Geez. Talk about damning of Key’s sucking up to the All Blacks. And Banks admitting both that he’s in deep trouble in Epsom and that a photo-op is the only way the Right can win votes is hilarious.

Key’s handshake interlope fail was a metaphor for his entire parasitical contribution to the Cup. Doesn’t even know anything about rugby.

66 comments on “Friends like these”

  1. Lanthanide 1

    Since Zetetic didn’t actually provide any context for the animated gif whatsoever:

    It shows Ritchie McCaw on the right going to shake the IRB president’s hand, and John Key in the black jacket attempts to jump in first, likely for a photo-op with Richie.

    Expect Key to get his hand shake photo op at some knighthood ceremonies in the next week or two.

    • Draco T Bastard 1.1

      Full video here.

    • Nick C 1.2

      Watch the video more closely. Richie was actually looking at Key when he extended his hand, it was the IRB guy who got in the way.

      • Lanthanide 1.2.1

        The resolution is quite low and it’s hard to tell from Richie’s gaze one way or the other.

        • hellonearthis 1.2.1.1

          And it was on a zoom so perspectives are hard to judge.
          Still was out of line with protocol.

          • Nick C 1.2.1.1.1

            Agree the video isnt good quality but I think you can tell. Richie’s view shifts from when he is accepting the trophy to when he is extending his hand. When he realises he has grabbed the IRB chairmans hand instead of Key’s he gives a brief glance back, before refocussing on Key.

            • Lanthanide 1.2.1.1.1.1

              I can see why you say he “gives a brief glance back”, but if you watch from the beginning I don’t think his gaze substantially changes from when he is initially receiving the cup, at which point he would be focussed on either his hands or the IRB guy, certainly not key.

              There’s a slight moment of awkwardness as he removes one hand from the cup and his view might be changing, but I don’t think he’s necessarily focussing on key – his gaze has only slightly changed. I think he’s looking down at his hand to make the handshake, and Key has suddenly jumped in there. Then when he finally manages to shake hands with the IRB guy, he glances at him.

              Edit: Actually, looking at it again, Key is saying something to Richie at the very start, looks like “well done”, so I think Richie is looking at Key the whole time, and then his glance back is when he first looks at the IRB guy. In this case I think Richie’s behaviour is understandable in that it looks like he’s gone to shake Key’s hand, but Key is still out of line lunging in for the handshake like that, and I would suggest he’s out of line for even trying to engage Richie before he’d actually been presented the cup.

      • fmacskasy 1.2.2

        “…it was the IRB guy who got in the way.” – Nick C

        What?

        How dare that IRB guy get in Dear Leader’s way!!!

        Jeez, anyone would think the IRB had something to do with rugby?!?!

        • Nick C 1.2.2.1

          Its not about what I think of the IRB chairman or Key, its about whose hand Richie wanted to shake.

          • felix 1.2.2.1.1

            Yeah Richie’s polite and respectful. Someone sticks their hand out he’ll shake it.

            It’s not his fault Key was running around with his tongue out trying to hump everyone’s leg.

            National disgrace.

      • Zetetic 1.2.3

        Key was out of line because he tried to be the first to shake hands.

        Key is the first to extend his hand. That’s why Ritchie looks at him and begins to extend his hand in return. But the IRB boss doesn’t see Key’s hand. He, quite rightly, thinks that Ritchie is extending his hand to him and shakes it.

        What the hell is Key doing trying to butt in by leaning across the IRB boss when he and the captain of the winning team are doing the formal trophy handover?

        If Key had just waited his turn. Or, better yet, waited until after the ceremony, which had nothing to do with him, then he could have gotten a handshake then.

        Key’s desperate attempt to get a photo-op made the whole thing look silly and awkward. It’s being noted by people all over the world.

  2. hellonearthis 2

    Looks like John Key got a bit of 3some action at the RWC

  3. felix 3

    What sort of prick tries to get between the winner and the presenter of a trophy?

    I mean seriously, in any circumstance that’s just such a dick move.

    Is this yet another example of Key not knowing when something isn’t about him?

    • logie97 3.1

      Joky The Ignorant One. – the idiot has no class or breeding. I wouldn’t mind betting, that when he sat down at banquets in London with the Eton/Harrow brigade, they cringed.

      At the opening ceremony he embarrassed the nation with his speech, which ignored the Chairman of the IRB and then the final act of presenting the Cup he gets it all wrong. Explain that away Woodhams!

      I suggest someone in the party put this on his Christmas gift list …

      http://www.debretts.com/etiquette.aspx

      Click to EditDelete (7 minutes and 30 seconds)

      • felix 3.1.1

        Shouldn’t need class or breeding to know whether you’ve just presented a trophy or not.

    • RedLogix 3.2

      What sort of prick tries to get between the winner and the presenter of a trophy?

      Exactly. That is precisely the question. I’ve looked at this a number of times and I really can’t find a grown up explanation for it.

  4. bbfloyd 4

    the context was in the entire post for the gif…. i watched key expose himself as nothing more than a hanger on last night…. it was obvious that his presence there was, at best, tolerated….. the act of handing over of the cup was a deliberate slight on keys quite naked attempts to take advantage of the all blacks win…. to spoil what was an obvious attempt to get a photo that would look good on the front page of the herald…

    good show i say…..key has done NOTHING to deserve any credit for this tournament, and so shoehorning him onto the stage when the real heroes were shunted out of the picture months ago should be seen as it was…. a little man trying to ride a real mans coattails..

    where was jona lomu btw? i would have thought he deserved to be there more than “old pink eyes”..

    where was the tribute, and thanks to helen clarke, trevor mallard, and jock hobbs? not a mention as far as i heard….

    • higherstandard 4.1

      Jock Hobbs presented both the ‘100 test’ caps and he was there last night in the official RWC presentation party.

      Helen Clark and Trevor Mallard along with John Key and Murray McCully are scum politicians who can go and get fucked.

      • millsy 4.1.1

        If anything the Governor General should have been there instead of Key — keep the pollies out of it.

        I noticed that Hobbs got the biggest cheer of the night. People forget that without his efforts in signing up the All Blacks who had joined Packer’s circus, rugby in this nation would have been decimated.

        The flat earthers who rip up Jonah Lomu tend to forget that he was one of only 3 AB’s who didnt sign up with the WRC, AND resisted six and seven figure offers to play all over the world because he wanted to be an All Black.

        • bbfloyd 4.1.1.1

          millsy…i would agree with you totally on that except for the fact that our gg is keys man, and probably would have allowed easier access to the pm for the photo op….i actually think the guy who did present the cup (i’m assuming he is the head of the irb) was the most obvious choice…..

          the more i think about it, the more it seems that keys people tried to steal a march on the organisers to get key on to the podium… it looked like the presenter hadn’t been told keys people had teed it up to do the presentation……looks like they tried to scam a photo op… pathetic creepy little men….yuk!!

  5. randal 5

    wow hs, you are a really nice guy.

  6. bbfloyd 6

    yes… hobbs was there, but, as i said, no mention of his part in bringing the cup here was acknowledged, as far as i heard….. silly personal invective aside, clarke and mallard WERE a big part of the team that successfully presented new zealands case….

    your stated opinion of them speaks more about you than answer what was a question i would like a sensible answer to….
    does anyone else here have an answer ?

  7. felix 7

    Google video search for “John Key” has this handshake in 5th place. Probably be 1st by the end of the day.

    And when he’s gone, this sort of shit is what he’ll be remembered for. That’s his legacy, the story of a greedy egomaniac who desperately grovelled and lied his way to the top where everyone could see what a fool he was.

    “Chubby little loser, National joke” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv6mEv_rDdE.

  8. sdm 8

    “Doesnt know anything about rugby”. So?

    Mallard knows nothing about rugby, nor does Clark, McCully et al but they were all there with their free tickets on a junket.

    • bbfloyd 8.1

      sdm.. you need to do a bit more research than that….

    • Draco T Bastard 8.2

      And?

      I suspect their getting and accepting tickets was more due to their position than their knowledge of rugby.

      Jonkey, on the other hand, not only knows nothing about rugby but is running round trying to grab all the glory from the All Blacks RWC win.

    • Eddie 8.3

      Clark was/has been patron of the Mt Albert Rugby League team for decades.

      Trevor Mallard was minister of sports for year, he was instrumental in getting the RWC here, and he has played in the Parliamentary rugby team for years.

      • Sdm 8.3.1

        Big deal. He probably doesn’t know what a lineout bracket is. Just on the take. Whilst the average punter misses out

        • felix 8.3.1.1

          But earlier you said – in relation to Key doing the same or worse – “So”?

          So which is it? Does it bother you or not?

        • Tigger 8.3.1.2

          Sdm – you really are talking bs here as noted above. Plus, I have no fucking idea what that last post of yours means? Are you saying Mallard took a seat from a paying customer. Well Key did also so by your logic he’s on the take.

          Also, Key is full of shut about rugby. It’s clear when he speaks that he’s been given notes and doesn’t really like or understand the game.

        • Zetetic 8.3.1.3

          you were crying that clark and mallard don’t like rugby because I pointed out in the post that key doesn’t know anything about it. It was pointed out that those two in fact know the sport well.

          now you’re crying over what, exactly?

          • sdm 8.3.1.3.1

            clark, the woman who wanted to read a book instead of going to the rugby. Right.

            • Colonial Viper 8.3.1.3.1.1

              Plenty of very average rugby games where staying at home reading a book would have been the better idea.

            • mickysavage 8.3.1.3.1.2

              SDM you and HS need serious help.  I mean I understand you are deeply embarrassed at smile and wave and shake’s efforts but to attack Helen cause she was at the park is a bit, well weird.

              • sdm

                So he mangled a handshake? That means he doesnt understand rugby? WTF? The most nonsense argument possible, from the blog that has been anti the RWC from the get go

                • RedLogix

                  So he mangled a handshake? That means he doesnt understand rugby?

                  ummm… no we thought it meant Key didn’t understand that it wasn’t all about him.
                  Or that the man who just presented the trophy was the one who got to shake McCaw’s hand first.

                  The kindest interpretation I can put on it is that Key got flustered by getting stuck in the lift or something and he wasn’t quite paying attention…. but still that’s politics for you. Plenty of politicians on all sides who’ve been given very tough treatment over gaffes and stuff ups that us ordinary folk make all the time.

                  Edit: For a less kind interpretation, see below.

                • Colonial Viper

                  Its not the mangled handshake which was the issue, it was Key’s total lack of inpropriety in trying to move in and take the first handshake, which clearly should have gone to the person presenting the trophy and not to a hanger on.

                  But what can you expect.

                  Key is an actual, true blue, pathological sociopath.

        • Colonial Viper 8.3.1.4

          Whilst the average punter misses out

          LOL

          Its the NZRU and the IRB, d’oh what did you expect?

  9. possum 9

    Key cant remember his pov on the 81 springbok tour
    It wasn’t the sort of thing that you didn’t take a view on was it?
    One of the most defining events in Recent NZ history
    Tells me all about that nice Mr Key and new found rugby support

  10. The Voice of Reason 10

    Is there any way of obtaining the video of the trophy’s entrance on to the ground just before the presentation? Particularly, the IRB President and Key walking out from under the stand. I’m sure Key got booed, and he didn’t like it much.
     

  11. hobbit 11

    The left thought Labour’s capital gains tax would be a winner….but it went down like a lead balloon…they then pinned their hopes on crying over Key’s radio hour….which also got no traction…Labour then rolled out some failed policy from the 70’s with the help from their union friends….which the public shook their heads at….is highlighting a failed handshake Labour’s new strategy ?

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      People like CGT, they want it but they don’t want Labours exemptions which Labour only put in there to make it more palatable to the voters. Politicians in NZ have been saying for decades that a CGT is a death knell for which ever party suggests it but Labour fucked up there – they still believed that rather than realising that NZ had moved on.

      Key’s Radio Hour courtesy of our loan to MW I suspect got more traction in the populace than it did in the beltway or the BSA and, IMO, will be negative. It’s obviously a play for the bestest mates vote.

      Labours remuneration policies help the “free-market” by allowing people to see what they’re worth and they may even be influenced from the old trade awards which weren’t a failure anyway. Again, I think a lot of people will see the benefit for them from these policies.

      The handshake, well, that’s a massive social fuck up. You can tell that Jonkey forced his way into the middle of two people talking in an effort to get the spotlight.

    • fmacskasy 11.2

      Actually, Hobbit – nearly every liked the idea of a CGT. Have you checked out the whole lengthy list; http://fmacskasy.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/a-capital-gains-tax/

  12. Uturn 12

    It looks like he’s tapping their palms in some sort of finger morse code. Embarrasing and amusing. Embamusing.

  13. coolas 13

    Unbelievable! Had to watch several times for it to sink in that Key tried to get his hand in first. And then it squirms around. Talk about own goal. He’s up for serious ridicule. This has to be the turning point in Key’s popularity. It’s totally exposed him as being dementedly out of touch with the occasion. Weird behaviour. Unhinged. With no time for a holiday in Hawaii, and pressure building, we can look forward to more displays of jaw dropping Keyisms, I reckon.

    • Lanthanide 13.1

      Hardly anyone is going to see this footage as the main news channels aren’t going to show it.

      So this won’t be a turning point.

      • Colonial Viper 13.1.1

        You may be right, but people are already talking about this.

        The halo has fallen another inch.

  14. Dotty 14

    Urm, back to Don Brash – scouting around for a new job at an international agency/bank?? Sees no future deserving of his talents in NZ?

  15. DeValera 15

    London and Washington Central Bankers want advice from the silly Don Brash!! Yeah Right! Two reasons for this erratic behavior: 1 Brash needs to re-cast his and ACTs brand back into the economic domain and away from the confused redneck libertarian trash. 2 Brash wants to be as far away as possible from John Banks and Epsom. A rat leaving a sinking ship.

  16. KJT 16

    Brash’s expertise is in economic management. ROFL

  17. All I can say is I’m glad we won but Im glad its over.Perhaps we can now get some decent programmes on the Radio/TV. Perhaps we can now recieve the true world and domestic news instead of this domination by a Rugby game /

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago

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  • PGF supports high speed broadband for marae at Parihaka Pa
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