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Nothing better to be doing

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, July 8th, 2010 - 20 comments
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Is $175 an hour to hire a clown a good deal?

Because you and I might think we are paying $350,000 a year plus expenses for a Prime Minister but it seems not.

Key spending his time opening a pizza place in China reminds me of that time in the Simpsons when Krusty the Clown opened a clown college for look-a-likes to do “kids’ parties, swap meets, and all the other piddling crap I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot clown pole.”

Next week: Key attends opening of letter.

20 comments on “Nothing better to be doing ”

  1. for 175 i’d want to be pissing myself laughing for the full hour…

    as is, i’m finding very little to laugh and be happy about Key’s policies, although he does give good clown face

    but i’m reminded of Lennox Lewis comment about David Tua back in the day. “It’s gonna take more than a funny haircut and a big left hook to become world champ”

  2. Bob Stanforth 2

    Yeah, what the hell was he thinking, supporting NZ industry, the man is an idiot.


  3. ianmac 3

    Does his presence/contact actually change anything? I thought it was the graft of business interests that counted and politicians basked in reflected glory. It was the Clark Govt that set it in motion and Key claims the credit. Typical!

    • Bob Stanforth 3.1

      Well, just think, if Labour had won the election, they could have taken the glory! They didn’t, she cant, life is a bitch like that sometimes isn’t it?

      • travellerev 3.1.1

        Funny how it is that if you think that John Key is a piece of shit it automatically means you are in favour of Labour. In time with the MMP system that will change of course. That’s when you discover that all politicians are pieces of shit except the very, very few and you become very, very careful about who you vote for.

      • Bright Red 3.1.2

        Ah yes, the glory of opening a pizza shop.

        Unwittingly, Bob is referencing the same simpsons episode:

        ‘When I started this clown thing, I thought it would be nothing but glory. You know, the glory of being a clown’

  4. Julie 4

    I was flabbergasted by this. Minister of Pizza? I wondered how the Ambassador felt having to attend and wear an “Ambassador to Pizzastan” apron. Is our PM going to now attend the opening of every NZ business overseas? Or only the ones that provide cheesy (boom boom) photo ops?

  5. felix 5

    Well whaddaya expect the Minister of Pizza to do, eh?

  6. i wonder if he’ll be popping over to Tokyo for a quick photo-op at Bethune’s release?
    yeah…. nah 😉

  7. The Voice of Reason 7

    Hmmm, I wonder if Key is a closet bully. A few days ago he’s threatening to tazer an All Black, now he’s putting the hard word on his own kid. Nasty.

    And how is this chinese pizza parlour any of his beezwax anyway? Presumably the only time NZ will see any of the profits is when the owners come home on holiday, so WTF is the Keyster doing there? The owners wouldn’t be mates of his, would they?

  8. tc 8

    Perspective please people……a corpratocracy got elected not an open gov’t that cares it gives value and this is the smile and wave CEO that fronts it whilst the real work’s done by the unseen and seldom heard……and I don’t mean Trolley/Crusher and other front people.

    That’s why that can’t face serious questions……they don’t carry pre scripted answers.

  9. comedy 9

    It’s outrage he should’ve died his hair ginga and run around in circles shouting “gimme back my flag, gimme back my flag, gimme back my flag.”

    • Rex Widerstrom 9.1

      Or composed some choleric rant about white mofos… or had a few off the wrist in a hotel room… or had a go at turning the Parliamentary library into a propaganda factory… or magically stopped crime by, err, waiting for someone to commit three crimes…

      Yep, it’s not a clown we’re paying for, it is (with a handful of exceptions) a complete friggin’ circus.

      • comedy 9.1.1

        And it’ll get no better over time scroll to picture number 4.


        I think they’ve been cloning current MPs

        • Rex Widerstrom

          Strewth! Not just picture 4, but the whole bloody lot of ’em!

          I try not to judge a book by it’s cover, I really do… but I can’t escape the conclusion that our next generation of Parliamentarians have more than a few blank pages between their covers 😈

          • Craig Glen Eden

            Just as well you didn’t get their then aye Rex.
            Come on Rex they are just kids showing a interest in politics which lets face it, if more adults had done the same when they were kids we might not have such a useless Government. We laugh about the Clown being Prime Minister but what does it say about the adult population who voted for a man that had no view/opinion on the Springbock tour.

  10. Jim Nald 10

    What’s he ambitiously trying to be? Toss pot?

  11. Shazzadude 11

    Now I’m not John Key’s biggest fan, but tell the full story guys-a pizza shop in Beijing being owned and operated by a NEW ZEALANDER. Such a venture would’ve been unimaginable 20 years ago, and the opening of this store is quite symbolic of the changes Sino-Kiwi trade relations have made, and will continue to make given the FTA.

    • The Voice of Reason 11.1

      Dead right about the changes in China, Shazzadude, it’s quite remarkable how the former communists have embraced capitalism, but this business has nothing to do with the FTA. No trade involved at all. In fact, there is no economic benefit to NZ from this business at all that I can see and I’m still wondering why Key felt it was worth his time to attend. Other than it being a cutesy photo op, of course.

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