A reader sent us this letter to the Herald’s editor, which the Herald has refused to print.
When the government moved to block the sale of Auckland Airport to the Canadian Pension Fund, the Herald’s editorial proclaimed that anyone who didn’t want foreign ownership of our strategic assets was xenophobic.
Yesterday, John Key played the xenophobic line in opposing the buyback of Toll when he said ‘Labour has been prepared to deliver the Australian shareholders of Toll a quarter of a billion dollar windfall at the expense of struggling New Zealand taxpayers’.
Will we now see an editorial condemning Key for appealing to xenophobia?
I thought not.
Guess we can’t expect better from the Herald’s editorial line. Which is a shame, because they have some really good reporters.
Key went out of his way to inject the xenophobic angle in other media too. On TV3, he said ‘…they’ve given this windfall to the shareholders.., Australian shareholders, of Toll…’. He’d obviously been told by his media advisors to put that angle in his lines and when he forgot it he backtracked.
[PS. Confusion reigns in National. In the press release quoted above John Key is called ‘Party Deputy Leader’]
[Update: The Nats have obviously taken note and have corrected the press release to “Party Leader” (shouldn’t that be ‘co-leader’?). Happy to help out fellas and if you’re ever looking for some policy advice, you know where to come.]