I have no sympathy for politicians complaining about their ‘private’ political conversations being made public. What politicians say on politics is inherently of public interest. Don’t say different things in private than in public, and you won’t get caught out. It’s a matter of integrity. We can now reveal what John Key really thinks about climate change.
Key has made a strong show of playing down National’s more extremist ideas. For instance, in 2005, Key said:
But by the time he was leader, Key was trying to convince us he was more centrist, not some whack-job climate change denier:
“The scientific consensus is clear: human-induced climate change is real and it’s threatening the planet. There are some armchair sceptics out there, but I’m not one of them.’ (Northern Regional Conference, 13 May 2007)
“I firmly believe in climate change and always have. Like most New Zealanders, I take the risks posed by climate change seriously. The scientific evidence indicates that the world is getting warmer and, if this does not change, the results could be catastrophic – for our society as well as for our environment.” (28 Nov 2006, Nine to Noon, National Radio offline)
I believe that human-induced climate change is occurring (16 Dec 2008, Parliament)
But had Key really changed, or is he telling us one thing in public while saying another in private?
You probably don’t remember Glenn Jameson, the objectivist who did National’s billboards last election and was National’s Creative Director but reader put us on to a discussion he had with Jameson on the Amazon.com (of all places) community discussion boards where he says John Key told him that climate change (Anthropogenic Global Warming – AGW) is “hocus pocus”:
“I didn’t ‘assist’ in the ad campaign, James, I was its Creative Director—-and it wasn’t a campaign for a NZ politician, rather the National Party itself. If you’re going to troll into my personal life at least have the decency to get your facts straight. And for the record, Prime Minister John Key told me himself that he thinks AGW is a load of hocus pocus… he’s being a pragmatist, shoring up the green vote that has long evaded the conservatives.”
“A lot of people believed AGW back in ’06, who don’t now. It was clear to me during the election that JK had (at least privately) changed his tune. But I can hardly be held responsible for his post-election pragmatism, can I, James?”
[note: Jameson has since come back and edited this post on the forum to remove the hocus pocus line and writing: “it’s possible that I was in breach of a confidentiality agreement, so to be safe I have removed a comment made to me in private by John Key” – further proof of that his account is accurate]
We were intrigued by Jameson’s claim, so an account was set up on Solo Passion, the objectivist hangout run by Lindsay Perigo, to shake out more information. Here’s the exchange:
Participants: Glenn Jameson and Yvonne Thomson
A friend sent me a link to your posts on that Amazon forum. Did John Key really tell you that he knows AGW is ‘hocus pocus’?
What exactly did Key say?
2010-08-24 22:18 New
People are actually reading that embarrassment of a ‘debate’… bloody hell. : )
It’s true, Yvonne, Key did say that he thought AGW was rubbish — or hocus pocus — can’t remember his exact words
And there you have it. The campaign designer for National in the last election confirming that Key told him he doesn’t believe in climate change and is just faking it to convince you, dear voter, to support him.
It kind of explains why National’s climate change policies always seem to be a weakening of the existing framework, eh?
Unfortunately, this is part of a pattern of behaviour from National. The Hollow Men documents, the 2008 secret agenda tapes, the tea tapes, and now ‘hocus pocus’-gate. We keep on finding out that National is trying to keep its true beliefs and plans secret from the public.
It all comes down to honesty and integrity. Do we deserve better than a PM who will lie to us to trick us into voting for him?