In the House yesterday, Metiria Turei threw National’s ‘Planet Labour/Planet Green’ line back at Key, asking if ordinary people get to break the law too or if that privilege is reserved for ministers on Planet Key. Like all little bullies, Key couldn’t take it back. He lashed out and, like Romney’s fatal gaffe the same day, it exposed something of Key’s real world view.
He said that Planet Key “would be a lovely place to live, it would be beautifully governed, golf courses would be plentiful, people would have plenty of holidays to enjoy their time, and what a wonderful place it would be”.
Golf and holidays, eh? Well, not all of us get to holiday in Hawaii (or Maine, or Europe, or the Islands, or Japan …. in fact, has our Minister of Tourism ever holidayed in New Zealand?). Indeed, Key voted against 4 weeks annual leave, then he made that 4th week saleable. He voted against Mondayising our public holidays too. And against a public holiday on Matariki.
So, who gets all the holidays and golf on Planet Key?
And, what’s missing from Planet Key?
270,000 children living in poverty?
The typical household, which saw its income fall 3% last year?
The 80,000 kids turning up to school hungry?
The 1,000 people a week who are leaving for Australia?
I kind of wonder how small Planet Key is – because there’s obviously no room for the 99%.
And, you know what would be the anthem of Planet Key, eh?