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Hand of control?

Written By: - Date published: 6:43 pm, August 3rd, 2013 - 59 comments
Categories: accountability, democracy under attack, john key, Minister for Photo-ops, slippery - Tags:

John Key’s artwork is being auctioned.  According to the NZ Herald, Key’s artwork is an outline of his hand, and Key has signed it, giving it the title of:

The hand of Government

This indicates that John Key considers himself to be THE government, all on his own. It puzzled me that he would label himself thus, so I sought some definitions, and generally “government” is defined as a “body” of people, or the system of governance. This is the definition from Oxford Dictionaries online:

noun

  • 1 [treated as singular or plural] the group of people with the authority to govern a country or state; a particular ministry in office:the government’s economic recordsuccessive Labour governments
  •  [mass noun] the system by which a state or community is governed:a democratic form of government
  •  [mass noun] the action or manner of controlling or regulating a state, organization, or people:rules for the government of the infirmary

Dictionary.com, includes “the cabinet” in its definition.

noun

1. the political direction and control exercised over the actions of the members, citizens, or inhabitants of communities, societies,and states; direction of the affairs of a state, community, etc.;political administration: Government is necessary to the existence of civilized society.
2. the form or system of rule by which a state, community, etc., is governed: monarchical government; episcopal government.
3. the governing body of persons in a state, community, etc.;administration.
4. a branch or service of the supreme authority of a state or nation, taken as representing the whole: a dam built by the government.
5.a. the particular group of persons forming the cabinet at any given time: The Prime Minister has formed a new government.
   b. the parliament along with the cabinet: The government has fallen.

Does John Key have autocratic delusions?  Here’s his depiction of his governing hand:

Key's Hand of Government

 

What title/caption would you give this masterpiece, in the interests of political accuracy?

59 comments on “Hand of control?”

  1. Sable 1

    Hopefully its not the same hand he wipes his ass with although I suspect otherwise….

  2. Chooky 2

    John Key’s fingers in everybody’s pie.

  3. McFlock 3

    What title/caption would you give this masterpiece, in the interests of political accuracy?

    “The Right hand yet again caricatures what the Left hand is doing”

    “To avoid an existential brain fade, our Prime Minister has tattooed his name on the back of his hand”

  4. hairy knuckles..eh..?

    phillip ure..

  5. mickysavage 5

    It should be a picture of a fist …

  6. Tigger 6

    The Hand of Godawful.
    or
    A hand job from John Key.

  7. Richard Christie 7

    The right hand turns the magazine pages.

  8. jaymam 8

    Whose face has he just slapped? Didn’t we discuss all this 5 hours ago?
    http://i39.tinypic.com/219qg7s.jpg

  9. Lanthanide 9

    Seriously? No wonder the left has a reputation for not having a sense of humour.

    • ak 9.1

      You’re right Lanthanide; this is a classic example of right-wing humour and creativity. Stunning. As ever your comment, however, is in a class all of its own……

  10. Disraeli Gladstone 10

    The Hand of No Doubt Whatever I Write Here Will Be Analysed to Such An Extent That What The Hell I’ll Just Write Government And Watch People Write Entire Blog Posts About It

  11. Jenny 11

    Illegally spying on 88 New Zealanders, plus an MP, and a reporter.

    My finger prints are all over it.

    • BM 11.1

      That would be Helen Clarks hand, not John Keys.

      • felix 11.1.1

        Please explain.

        • BM 11.1.1.1

          Didn’t the vast majority of this “illegal” spying get carried out by the last government.

          • karol 11.1.1.1.1

            “vast majority”?

            Can you point me to that info, because all I’ve seen so far are 88 cases between 2003 & 2012. I’ve seen no breakdown of the cases by year. For all we know, there could have been only one case between 2003 and 2008…. or only one between 2008 and 2012…. nothing to indicate either way.

            And so, two sets of fingerprints would be involved. And only one set for the MP in the case of the MP (and now 2) reporters.

            So there must be an invisible hand somewhere?

            • BM 11.1.1.1.1.1

              Terrorism raids -Ureweras.
              Which government was that?, can’t think where else these 88 cases of “illegal” spying would come from.

              • karol

                Yes. Not a good thing under Clark’s watch. But I understood the warrants were legal? Were the GCSB involved?

                BTW. I don’t agree with Jenny that the PM (Clark of Key’s) fingerprints were all over the illegal surveillance of the 88. Key’s fingerprints are all over the MP and journos’ invasion of privacy/illegal surveillance, illegal surveillance of Kim DOTCOM, and all over trying to make the illegal surveillance legal.

                • BM

                  Personally I find this whole incident tedious and the illegal spying angle complete shit.
                  Dotcom could have been spied on by the SIS and all would have been cool but instead they used the GSCB because they didn’t think he was a resident.

                  As we all know because who ever wrote the rules around what defines a resident did such a shit job, the police/government used the wrong tool, Big fucking deal.

                  And as for Clark spying on New Zealanders I don’t care either, she did what she thought was right at the time.

                  • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                    No. The rules around who is a resident are perfectly clear. The rules that prohibit the GCSB spying on New Zealand residents and citizens are perfectly clear.

                    They didn’t get it wrong, BM, they cynically and deliberately broke the law, then justified it to themselves by saying they thought they were doing the right thing at the time.

                    However, another thing is becoming clear: that you and a small minority of mentally enslaved sycophants are so power-struck by authority, that when you bend over, you not only spread, but you pay for your own lubricant.

                    • BM

                      I don’t really see an issue if the GSCB spied on the fat German.

                      It would be a lot more practical if the SIS,GSCB,CONTROL were all combined, that way you don’t have these sort of balls ups happening.

                      Splitting everything into parts makes no sense at all.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      I can tell that you “don’t see an issue”. That’s why I described you as a power-struck sycophant.

                    • felix

                      “It would be a lot more practical if the SIS,GSCB,CONTROL were all combined,”

                      That may be so. Or it may not. But we haven’t had that debate yet, and treating them as if they were all the same is illegal.

                      “that way you don’t have these sort of balls ups happening.”

                      There have been no balls-ups. There have been illegal activities by the PM, his staff, his appointees, and probably his ministers.

                      The only ball-up is that he got caught.

                    • BM

                      Tell me

                      What’s the advantage about using the GSCB instead of the SIS.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      There aren’t any – in fact, using the GCSB to spy on New Zealand residents and citizens is a threat to national security.

                    • BM

                      So why would they use the GSCB instead of the SIS.

                    • One Anonymous Knucklehead

                      Incompetence and hubris.

                    • felix

                      Fuck it, just give whoever is PM ultimate power to do whatever they like with whatever resources are available, with no oversight and no accountablity.

                      Happy BM? Good.

                      Now let’s get back to discussing who broke the law in the real world.

  12. Roflcopter 12

    At least he drew it himself before signing it.

    • marsman 12.1

      How do you know he drew it himself? Did you see him do it? Don’t take his word for it because he’s a serial liar.

    • Mary 12.2

      Yes, well, obviously the very least is a standard supporters of Key are happy with.

  13. infused 13

    postcount++

  14. The Baron 14

    oh my lord. Karol, our Key-derangement syndrome has taken a whole new level with this weird piece of over-intellectualised clap trap.

    There’s 101 real things to worry about that matter a hell of a lot more than a joke on a doodle. Get a grip.

  15. Jimmie 15

    At least John Key draws the pictures that he signs unlike a certain other ex-PM

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 15.1

      Yes, he’s too busy signing illegal surveillance warrants.

      • DavidC 15.1.1

        Helen was pretty good at signing illegal warrants too…she even says that is was all fine and hunky dory because she was acting withing the law…“as it was understood to be”.

        But then we do know she is a serial liar, art fraudster and thief. Oh add in and control freak and author of Labours present misery. Awesome legacy that.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 15.1.1.1

          Your spittle-flecked hatred is showing. Hold on to it, keep it close to your heart until it defines you. Everyone will see it was for the best, I promise.

          • DavidC 15.1.1.1.1

            Hatred? LOL

            I am loving it. At least another 4 years before the Red team will have any chance at the treasury benches and that fact is the greatest legacy the Dear Ms Clark left NZ.

  16. Murray Olsen 16

    Never trust anyone with short fingers.

    • muzza 16.1

      Murray spotted it – If that is Keys hand, there are many interesting points about it, especially, the short fingers!

      Probably about time someone traced the lineage of John Key, because if Obama and Bush can be distant cousins, and related to so called royalty, it would have to be odds on that some our home grown political fundamentalists, are all part of the same family!

      • BM 16.1.1

        His hand shape is quite lizard like, you could be on to something big here Muzza.

        Keep us informed.

  17. cnrjoe 17

    Smell my ringfinger

  18. hellonearthis 18

    The fingers are splayed as if letting go.
    It is a LEFT hand and not the RIGHT hand.

    Is John saying the Government is going to be a left one?
    And he’s put it on Pink paper because embarrassment? or same teen slag for gay as in disapointed.

    The hand isn’t even close to centered.

    But the BIG QUESTION is. Investigation.
    OIA request to see who came up with the color, what other colours where selected or was Pink paper fast tracked into the job. Is the Paper NZ made? Where NZ paper considered. Is the Paper recycled (%) and was that done in NZ.

    How many and much was spent on prototyping.

  19. felix 19

    The distance from the end of the little finger to the end of the thumb looks pretty short.

  20. Richard Christie 20

    The fingers are short because Key traced the outline.

    At least someone had the sense to remove the crayon from his hand and give him a pencil.

  21. What Rebuild 21

    I may or may not have had a hand in this …,but auchually I don’t remember a thing. Anyway that’s not my my real hand.

  22. tracey 22

    Are we sure its not joyces hand or eaglestons?

  23. SpaceMonkey 23

    Slight of Hand
    The Hand That Taketh Away
    Backhander

  24. Rob 24

    Next weeks thrilling installment will focus on the colour of John Keys urine, followed by an indepth phrenelogical insight into John Keys skull dimensions.

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