John Key often lives in a different world than us – and not just in that he doesn’t mix with the rabble.
In his world the deputy auditor-general can tell a select committee that her report says that ministers were ‘deficient’ – but Key can tell you that she is wrong and her report totally vindicates him and his ministers. Because he somehow knows better than the report’s author.
Phillippa Smith said her report ‘established deficiencies on the part of both ministers and officials’, and pointedly refused to confirm John Key’s claim that he was vindicated. Her response to that claim was: ‘We have said there were problems and I think the report speaks for itself’.
John Key’s response to that was that he was right and she was wrong… Glad he can accept an impartial ref’s call.
Also yesterday, Key was trying to stop the tide over David Clark’s Holiday Bill. He claimed that New Zealanders wouldn’t respect Anzac Day and wouldn’t attend dawn services if it was a long weekend.
Does he know any ordinary New Zealanders? How disrespectful.
Since Australian states have Mondayised Anzac Day they’ve seen an increase in dawn services – does he think New Zealanders care less for the sacrifice of the ancestors for our freedom?
NZ First MP Andrew Williams talked passionately about losing immediate family and how he’d spend time getting down country to go to dawn services with family on a 3-day weekend, which isn’t really possible with one day off. This was a much more realistic view of New Zealanders than the shallow image John Key apparently has of us.
(I was going to go on about Michael Woodhouse’s stupidity trying do around the edges on reducing drink driving limits when we could have had a .05 limit like most of the world instead of our current .08 if National hadn’t blocked it in 2011, but I’m just going to have to leave that one…)