Interesting to see a high profile, popular celebrity come out and speak her mind on John Key. Here are some of the highlights:
Robyn Malcolm’s vitriolic PM attack
The Greens’ election campaign opened with a vitriolic attack on Prime Minister John Key and his Government from actor Robyn Malcolm who savaged what she described as his preference for photo opportunities over tackling environmental and social problems.
The Outrageous Fortune star MC’ed the Greens’ opening in Wellington, as she did three years earlier, when “we ended up voting in a Government who’ve revealed their total lack of interest in leading us into the 21st century with any innovation, courage, or social integrity, despite what a nice guy he [Mr Key] seems to be”.
The National Government had shown an “unshakeable and abiding love” of new roads and fossil fuels “and will gut any part of our landscape to get at them”. …
But fronting the campaign opening in Wellington, Malcolm savaged Mr Key’s performance.
National had demonstrated “a disregard for the 200,000 children living below the international poverty line”, a “clear lack of understanding on how to support children’s education”, and a “dispassionate and punitive approach to those in our prisons,” she said.
The Prime Minister and his party had “an inability to follow through on promises of any kind … and now a determination to sell a percentage of our strong revenue returning assets”.
But National would “make anything up for a Hollywood mogul should they happen to come down this way” – a reference to employment law changes made in response to Sir Peter Jackson’s warnings his Hobbit films would not be made here.
New Zealand was “fast becoming one of the most inegalitarian and backward countries in the OECD” but “we have a leader who seems to be more interested in talking about his cats on the radio, being seen at the rugby and getting on the cover of the Women’s Weekly”.