Key: The, look I’ll tell you what the situation was there. We were in a, I know I don’t overtly remember it as part of the DVD tour but it was in a cafe as, you know, as the person who was travelling with reminds me, it was a cafe in Kerikeri with a young guy who, who was from memory taking some notes but, you know, they’re not quite sure where else he tried to track the down. I mean there’s no, there’s no way on earth I will have either said wages are going, we want wages to fall. I mean if, if
Host: [Bunnings workers are striking for pay parity with their counterparts in Australia, Bunnings is saying they won’t pay more because the market is different here], if you’re Government how do you control something like that?
Key: Well you can’t really control that. I mean that…
Host: So how can you say that you’ll raise wages across the board?
Key: Because the way, the way to raise wages is, employers respond, in my opinion anyway, you, the, the employers do respond to, to greater growth in, in productivity into basically, you know, the workforce being more productive because in the end, they, they’re, essentially their profit margins unquestionable rise and that allows them to respond to greater wage demands. So, I mean it, to take an example, I mean if, if your wages rise and there’s no gain in productivity and they just keep rising and you can’t raise your prices by very much, eventually you go out of business
Out of that nonsense, one phrase stand out for me: ‘I don’t overtly remember’. I wonder what Key remembers but only covertly. Reminiscent of his â€˜memory failures’ regarding the Exclusive Brethren, his position on the Springbok Tour, his plan to get rid of caps on GP fees, and his input into pirating Coldplay’s â€˜Clocks’.
Seems you can’t trust John Key to remember what he said half an hour ago but you can trust National to cut your wages.