Smug hermit king

Written By: - Date published: 9:44 am, September 27th, 2021 - 127 comments
Categories: brand key, covid-19, health, john key, Judith Collins, Media, national, same old national - Tags:

John Key is doubling down.

You have to wonder that the game plan is here.  National has its big Covid policy announcement this week and Key going early will not only invite comparisons to see if there are differences between his musings and the party’s policies but also make you question if he is trying to play four dimensional internal political chess.

He went onto Morning Report this morning.  How he must miss being in the limelight.

His analysis was horrendously simplistic.  All he thinks the Government has done is lock us down.  And we have to be able to travel.  The experience of Europe, the United Kingdom, the USA and pretty well all Western nations suggest otherwise.

He said this:

The government has had 18 months to come up with a coherent plan.  What they have managed to do is make people fearful.

Every country in the world is fearful of Covid John.

Within seconds he pirouetted from criticism of fear to proposing the use of fear on the young by stopping them from visiting concerts, night clubs and bars.  It seems his only focus is on the inability to engage in international travel.

He is obsessed with the Government announcing a date.  I do not know why.  I would prefer the Government decides to open the country up after it is safe and at this stage there is still a lot of doubt about if and when this stage will be reached.

He thought that the country should have spent more on obtaining vaccines.  Money is always the solution.

You have to wonder about the game plan behind this.  Why now and why Key?  Is the conservative think thank that desperate that they want to side step the Parliamentary National Party because they are frustrated with the way things are going?

This unfortunate private message from the Herald’s Fran O’Sullivan to Key, broadcast via tweet, would suggest that the basic concern is that scientists and not businessmen are calling the shots.  Hendy’s analysis has driven very good decision making.  Overseas in countries where economic voices have dominated scientific voices they are still soaking up the damage.

I suspect this is going to smolder on for a while.  And Key’s intervention into the debate is not going to have the benefit for National that he may have intended.

Update:  O’Sullivan has claimed on twitter that the message was meant for Rodney Jones who had said that Hendy’s analysis was overcooked and rushed.

127 comments on “Smug hermit king ”

  1. Robert Guyton 1

    Key's strategy always was to attack his opponent's strongest position, not go for the weaknesses, as other leaders did. It's the same thing here with a full-frontal assault on Jacinda/Labours Covid response. He's not mucking around criticising 3-Waters reform, for example, he's attempting to wrest public confidence around the Covid response from the Government and take it for the National Party. Nothing new here.

    • tc 1.1

      Totally. A dwindling audience.

      Using the dirty politicing ex PM who refused to deal with his rogue minister for oravida should pan out well for them.

    • chris T 1.2

      TBF he was pretty good at it though.

      Odd time for him to pop up, I thought. Not like he is probably going to get back into it.

      Hopefully it the only upside I can see is it pushing the govt to make shit a bit clearer on targets and options

      • Drowsy M. Kram 1.2.1

        Hopefully it the only upside I can see is it pushing the govt to make shit a bit clearer on targets and options

        Maybe Key's pop-ups will push the odd Nat MP to be less shitty and dirty – maybe.

        • chris T

          That is the other side of the coin. Don't disagree.

          Just seems odd timing to me.

        • chris T

          Maybe Key has got bored in lock out and decided to waltz up and sort the Nats shit out in the background.

          Doubt that is true, but if by some miracle it is, Collins will be gone burger

  2. observer 2

    "Key slams Ardern", "Ardern hits back". It's a lively debate between the PM and leader of the opposition.

    Judith Collins no longer exists.

  3. tc 3

    Boardroom trout O'Sullivan exposes the 'logic' and shows her hand.

    Hendys models are 'bogus' eh coming from her that's rich indeed as a copy/paste corporate mouthpiece.

    • Stuart Munro 3.1

      Fran's a curious beast – she can do cracking good journalism when she sets her mind to it – just that her political preferences have her led her astray, leaving her unduly forgiving of the dog's breakfast that is NZinc.

  4. dv 4

    In a response to setting a date for re opening Adern said "Ok June 31 2024"

  5. Anne 5

    This is political micky as I'm sure you know. It's aim is to discredit the government on its Covid response even though it is regarded as one of the best and most successful responses in the world.

    National plus their apologists in the media are in full cahoots and it is a response to their abysmal ratings. They will stoop as low as they need to go in order to regain the treasury benches. They have even resurrected Cameron Slater to do the really dirty stuff.

    Hang on to your hats… Dirty Politics 2 has arrived.

    • tc 5.1

      It never went away…..Jude's MO knows little else.

      • observer 5.1.1

        This isn't Judith. It's a big mistake to think this is all a cunning plan by a united National. There's a civil war going on.

        It is about her replacement. Key is for Luxon.

      • Chris 5.2.1

        The government never really managed to debunk that lie. They're going to have to now. I hope Ardern takes a slightly more mongrel approach to this when doing it.

        • Patricia Bremner

          Government did not need to debunk his idea Chris, Pfizer did!!!

          • Chris

            I had the misfortune of hearing some clowns talking this morning on talkback radio and the announcer was parroting everything Key said about the government's lack of a post-pandemic plan. I sense he's being believed. If he is then the government needs to make sure his lie is exposed.

      • alwyn 5.2.2

        Is that the Neale Jones who was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little and then Jacinda Ardern?

        I thought he had left that job of being the apologist in chief but he would appear to still be on the payroll.

        • Incognito

          I thought he had left that job of being the apologist in chief but he would appear to still be on the payroll.

          Accusing someone of being an undeclared paid tool demands strong evidence or it strays into dubious legal territory. You do have this evidence, don’t you? So, why don’t you produce it here or apologise and withdraw.

          • alwyn

            No, I have no evidence at all that he is being paid. I shouldn't have implied that it was a possibility.

            I shall amend it to "I thought he had left that job of being the apologist in chief but he would appear to still be supporting her views".

            That better?

    • DukeEll 5.3

      You see dirty politics every time you sit down for breakfast. It wouldn’t be post on the standard without Anne cranking up the dirty politics gramophone. You’ll be seeing nats under your bed soon

      this looks like an ex prime minister coming out and giving his viewpoint on the work of the current prime minister. It’s not uncommon.

      he was the last elected prime minister before Ardern was elected.

      • Anne 5.3.1

        This looks like an ex prime minister coming out and giving his viewpoint on the work of the current prime minister. It’s not uncommon.

        Yes it is. Former prime ministers of both hues make a point of not criticising current prime ministers. Helen Clark never criticised John Key. She very occasionally commented on specific topics when approached my media, but she never went out of her way to make provocative statements about him and his government. That is exactly what he has done, and it is no coincidence others are doing it too. A well coordinated political ploy. Have to concede the Nats do it well.

        I like the way you call me out for mentioning DP when others have done the same on this post. Could it have something to do with me being a woman……?

        • DukeEll

          I called you out as you are metronomic in your ability to swing the conversation to dirty politics if anyone oppositional to your view point has criticism.

          John Key, rightly or wrongly, has come out on a very specific issue. COVID and the way into post covid.

          • Anne

            Bullshit. I wish it were true but. laugh

          • observer


            That might be true if it were, say, comments in a general interview that get turned into a story. But obviously this was a co-ordinated move, which took some planning. I can't recall any former PM having all media publishing an opinion piece in this way, and the (pre-arranged) interviews afterwards, across every media outlet.

            I'm not saying he can't do it – of course he can if he wishes. But it was planned for a reason, and that wasn't Covid. Nor was it to support Collins (who he didn't co-ordinate with at all). It was to pre-empt Collins on Wednesday, whose announcement is now reduced to an afterthought.

            Let's not be naive about how internal party politics works.

          • Drowsy M. Kram

            There's been a bit of COVID-related dirty politicking about, e.g. Boag, Walker, Woodhouse, Collins and Slater, not to mention Penk's 30,000 word missive criticising the government's "lockdown lunacy" and calling its initial response to Covid-19 "shockingly slack" and "incompetent".

            Regardless of the (self-interested and/or political) intent behind Key's latest 'COVID contribution', he did foster dirty politics as National’s modus operandi – his most enduring and poisonous political legacy, imho. Lest we forget.

          • Muttonbird

            Jong Kee has come out on a very specific issue.

            Indeed. And he's organised all digital and broadcast media to cover it heavily.

            He' also used provocative, pejorative language to generate attention, drama and division.

            "Smug hermit kingdom". "North Korean model". He describes the Prime Minister's Covid communication as "self-congratulatory".

            This is very deliberate and reminds me and everyone else of the 'get some guts' days.

            You are trying to frame Kee's sudden ejaculation as reasonable and constructive. But it's not, is it.

            It is inflammatory, political, deceptive, and destructive. And it’s probably not even about Covid response at all.

          • Patricia Bremner

            It was—- Dirty Politics though. Key under mines their Leader, tells porkies, smiles but has lost his charm.

            He has lost some flunkies to the real court and the court of opinion, so has to get down and dirty. Think of the past Leaders he had a cup of tea with…lol that went well for them didn't it? sarcdevil Personally I could see his eyes in the earlier photo', no smile there- just the lips!!

      • Incognito 5.3.2

        Before you start singling out and attacking specific commenters with your accusations maybe read this comment first: AFAIK, Grammarly does not yet have a DP filter setting.

  6. Tiger Mountain 6

    The Parnell ponytail puller has always served international finance capital first and foremost throughout his career. From NZ Foreign exchange market, to Merrill Lynch to NY Federal Reserve Bank to creating a short lived NZ tax haven, he is a money man and his defence of the other money men never sleeps.

    So indeed, why has Sirkey popped up again at this time? Others using his brand perhaps to get some stuff done and sort out NZ National’s woeful state–but–is he past his useby? Who gives one in 2021 about the ex PM who scuttled off during his third term when he could have reasonably expected a fourth…

    At this stage there is still majority support according to one poll for not doing what he suggests. But that could change, which is why he needs to be jumped on and firmly challenged.

    • Anne 6.1

      At this stage there is still majority support according to one poll for not doing what he suggests. But that could change, which is why he needs to be jumped on and firmly challenged.

      Yes. A little bit of mongrel is going to be required and both Ardern and Robertson are capable of it without tipping into the gutter as we saw with the Key administration.

    • roblogic 6.2

      Remember his role as the smiling assassin brought in as a corporate fixer. He is about to rejoin the Nats to do some culling. He will be instrumental in selecting the next fall guy to lose the election, then install his proxy Chris Luxon.

      Maybe they will try for a merger or hostile takeover of ACT and NZ First. Desperate times.

  7. Gezza 7

    Why now and why Key? Is the conservative think thank that desperate that they want to side step the Parliamentary National Party because they are frustrated with the way things are going?

    I think you've hit the nail on tbe head there. He's either been roped in by Goodfellow, or he's volunteered, to do Collins job – seeing she stuffs up trying to do it, constantly. Key can stay on message. Collins can't.

    I'll have a listen to his RNZ interview….

    • Gezza 7.1

      Corin Dann basically picked what Key was saying to pieces & just laughed at him. It was all high level "visualising" of things Ardern has said the guvermint is planning to do anyway, or impossible to do stuff like somehow magic up massively increased MIQ capacity – which you just can't properly do at the drop of an Op Ed.

      I bet Key didn't win any more voters over to National with that pathetic effort. What a dickhead.

      At least it & Collins upcoming announcements probably will focus Ardern & her administration on setting out a rough plan. Key's financial reward for vacinv plan is too mingy. We need multiple strategies – many involving input & involvement by people IN the groups who're still to catch up getting both jabs.

      Community leaders, influencers, celebrities, Church Ministers, MPs, etc. It'll happen.

      • Gezza 7.1.1

        Arrgh!! 😡

        "…reward for vaccine plan"

      • alwyn 7.1.2

        "Corin Dann basically picked what Key was saying to pieces".

        I would have liked to have heard what Key was saying rather than having a somewhat hysterical Dann shouting him down to the extent that all we heard was Mr Dann's wailing.

        Still, Red Radio does what it is told to do by the Government that funds them.

        • Gezza

          Hard to say whether Dann was doing what he’s been told by the government – or whether he’s just an Ardern supporter anyway. Same with Suzy Fergusson.

          Both of them always seem to me to have just downed a good strong mug of Woke before they start Morning Report. I suspect John Campbell & his co-presenters of Breakfast on One buy the same brand.

          Can be too much for me sometimes. I don’t listen for too long these days.

          They do, however, seem to give non-Labour MPs & party leaders a tougher time than they always give Ardern. They don’t usually press her for answers. They move on fairly smartly after her first diversion.

          I didn’t hear any wailing from Dann. Mostly he was … sort of … sniggering.

          • Incognito

            Hard to say whether Dann was doing what he’s been told by the government –

            No, not hard to say at all and if you do say it you will have to accompany it with your strong evidence. He was doing his job and whether he did a good or a bad one and whether you agreed or disagreed are your judgements and opinions, but not facts.

            • Gezza

              I was responding to alwyn’s assertion to that effect. I’m well aware that Opposition-favouring commenters on, say Kiwiblog, frequently accuse “Red Radio” presenters of having been – effectively – paid to more or less toe the Labour government line.

              I meant it’s hard for ME to say whether he’s right.

              I don’t actually know whether that does affect how individual presenters may interview the PM or Ministers – and Opposition spokespeople. Radio NZ has had a role in the past of being a government-oriented broadcaster providing a public service, & I think in some ways perhaps it still is. Not a bad thing, imo.

              I wasn’t agreeing with alwyn. Nor did I state anything as fact. I clearly was stating my opinion, based on listening to them fairly solidly for about 3 months, but nowadays I listen less to RNZ, or any radio station for that matter. Haven’t hot the patience, especially after scoring only 8/15 two mornings running in Stuff’s morning quiz.

              I’d rather be reading interested people’s comments, opinions & links here – on TS.

              • weston

                Rather silly i think to imagine presenters on rnz to be being told what to say by the government .We,re not a totalitarian state yet and red radio if i remember correctly was a phrase invented by slater .At the height of the whole dirty politics drama as it unfolded i was amazed that rnz didnt grill the culprits harder but then as is now it might make a little difference if you,d voted for them .

                • Gezza

                  Yes, I agree. From my observations presenters (like those on TV too) are people. They vary (from my perspective) in that they sometimes conduct hard & soft interviews, sometimes boring in to their guests & challenging what they say; sometimes, for no obvious reason, giving them plenty of time & leeway to say what they want uninterrupted.

                  As humans they will have their own personal views & biases, which might on occasion influence to some extent HOW they interview or interrogate a topic or a guest. Even when they are trying to be strictly professional in how they proceed.

                  There’s no strict set of guidelines for questions to ask etc. And both the topic & the interviewee are never the same. So interviewers usually have to wing it.

  8. Ad 8

    There needs to be more pressure on this government, not less.

    I don't even care if Key is wrong. This government has had ample time to bring together our business community to re-launch how kinds of industry will have a revised role in New Zealand. The government have had 18 months to figure what a travel passport with biometric proof looks like.

    I am getting pretty tired of this government being last.

    • Alan 8.1

      aye to that Ad, broad debate and suggestions should be applauded

    • Enough is Enough 8.2

      Well said

      And I am getting tired of people being accused as being a right wing troll, or unpatriotic, simply because they dear to ask questions or critique the government.

      There is so much uncertainty out there. A lot of that is because this evolves continuoulsly. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't all be demanding answers from, and putting pressure on the government.

      • Ad 8.2.1

        Slap me down for pessimism but Auckland voters in October 2023 aren't going to look back on this government and thank them.

        Control and management is two thirds of the government. The missing third is co-creating a new future.

    • Ghostwhowalksnz 8.3

      'The government have had 18 months to figure …[insert meme]'

      Thats a well worn national party talking point which means nothing other than make it appear they know what they are talking about.

      Im sure even experts are divided on what a biometric travel passport would be like.

      Hint would need world wide acceptance

      18 months ago a vaccine was just a hopefull possibility , which could have been years away.

      • Enough is Enough 8.3.1

        Thats a well worn national party talking point

        Point proven. Being critical of the government is not all part of a vast right wing conspiracy. The majority of us have broadly supported the government's response. But critique and even criticism should be encouraged, even from the government's biggest supporters.

        Has it got to the point where you are either for everything the government does, or you are Nat?

  9. Maurice 9

    WE ain't seen nothing yet … two years out from the election

    Should the unvaxxed – vaxxed or both start dropping like flies think of the pile on

    … think of the pile on if there are no more Covid deaths at all ….

  10. Treetop 10

    Key is testing the waters to see what he throws out there. In this case opening up the borders.

    He does not need to worry about the reaction because he is no longer an MP. Key is doing Collin's job on opening up and this makes Collins look weak.

    Last election was won by Labour because of the uncertainty of Covid and which party was going to put health ahead of the economy. The voters had their say. Key thinks both (health and economy) can co exist at this time. I think being premature and rushing it is fool hardy.

    • Gezza 10.1

      How long before Collins is turfed, do you reckon?

      It seems to me that they might want to sort out & install a new National leadership team well before Xmas. Collins than has the Xmas break to plan her retirement from politics.

      She won't play well in the team after she's been shoved out of the captaincy. 😐

      • Treetop 10.1.1

        How long before Collins is turfted, do you reckon?

        Next February she will be gone because her party rating will be below 20. If the Delta out break can be contained, then the public of NZ will have their health freedom. If the Delta out break is not contained then the public of NZ will be living with Covid transmission not knowing whether they or their family could end up in hospital.

        This is why vaccination is so important.

    • gsays 10.2

      For all their faults, this regime has shown health and the economy can co-exist.

      The key (see what I did there) is to look after people first and the fiction that is the economy will flourish.

      • Treetop 10.2.1

        I agree when it comes to the internal economy of NZ that health and the economy can co exist.

        Business owners need to consider where their business is going to go if the owner has long Covid.

        Key wants his massive immigration policy and education institutes to return. I do not know what the insurance cover for Covid is.

      • Patricia Bremner 10.2.2

        I agree gsays. he tangata he tangata. The basis is the people.

  11. Tony Veitch (not etc.) 11

    Well, I have to admit when I heard the RNZ interview this morning my first thought was

    it's a bit early for Key to hit the turps!

  12. Tricledrown 12

    Coward Collins hides from media while Key takes over Nationals attack lines.

    Nothing new in Keys comments stating the obvious.

    Now vaccine trials have been completed on 5 to 12 yr old children we should hold off opening the boarders till this cohort has been vaccinated.

    Then most likely 6 month to 5 yr olds have finished vaccine trials.

    No need to panic.

    Key is spreading fear and panic.

    When we have the advantage of time.

  13. Ghostwhowalksnz 13

    In the same Herald this morning

    The New Zealand Herald

    Poll shows kiwis keen on Hermit Kingdom

    Almost two-thirds of respondents to a new poll did not believe New Zealand's borders should be relaxed until we reach 90 per cent vaccination coverage.

    Although they do there best to hide the results in the article headline

    • alwyn 13.1

      Unfortunately a lot of the population are, as Micky Savage seems to be, only too happy to cower here in fear of the great big world out there.

      I am on Key's side of the argument. He appears to be following the path of the great President Franklin D Roosevelt rather than the hapless Herbert Hoover. As Roosevelt put it in his first Inaugural Address

      "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

      Ms Ardern, and her Government seem to be consumed by, and to be infecting the New Zealand public with, a terror that is paralysing her.

  14. newsense 14

    Is Key here for Thiel, Bojo or Xi?

    These are his mates or so he says.

    Couldn’t go on Morning Report as NZ PM, but it’s fine as PR for whoever.

  15. newsense 15

    And now we also know what that Rodney Watsit bs was about

  16. Adrian 16

    Is Collins MIA because of the last few weeks of truly erratic behaviour, erratic for others probably not so much for her, but the last public interview was strangely muted, almost comatose by her standards. Maybe a drug testing kit left over from the Olympics may be called for.

  17. Incognito 17

    Where is Des? Oh, Des is talking to Kate. What is he saying? That National’s Covid policy will have striking resemblance to Plan B? Bad audio quality.

  18. observer 18

    Anna Fifield, take a bow …

    She's visited North Korea 12 times. Who would have thought that she would ever have had to explain the obvious … but now she has.

  19. francesca 19

    After reading this article and discovering how much the CIA was involved, operating out of Hawaii, I began to wonder if the John Key/Jason Eade era of dirty politics was also aided and abetted by certain Hawaiian contacts .The golf course may not have been the only reason Key went back as often as he did

    • Tricledrown 19.1

      Francesca .Nothing changes Cameron Slaters free trip to Israel the spying and hacking centre of the world.

      With Morrison embracing nuclear subs the pressure on NZ to conform will be pushed at every opportunity.Expect more Dirtier politics.

      The US can't win wars but it can't stop meddling in every country it can.

  20. gsays 20

    Thanks Francesca, that is a fascinating read.

    Just remember,' China bad mmmkay?'. /sarc.

  21. Muttonbird 21

    It seems clear to me the extraordinary outburst from Keys over the last few days has been triggered by the Shaun Hendy press conference.

    One thing the RWNJs do not like is highlighting the death their policies inevitably cause. Seymour hates it too, downplaying Covid casualties by saying the other day, 'we can't prevent all the deaths (ironic from the man who brought us euthanasia)'.

    Truth is, these guys want to minimise what will happen once we open up and let it rip. So Hendy coming out with his modelling during the week sent them into panic mode and they had to shut him down.

    Fran O' got in on the act today too.

  22. Adrian 22

    Note to Alwyn and Chris T, John Key confirms he is a liar when he said he had no idea that National was releasing its Covid Plan on Wednesday. Even my near comatose dog knows that was all the go.

    • alwyn 22.1

      As the moderators occasionally ask me.

      Can you prove he knew? What is your evidence to prove it.

      • Ghostwhowalksnz 22.1.1

        Circumstantial is still evidence.

        It could also be proof under 'the standard of more likely than not' he knew their plan was a few days away and what was in it.

      • Incognito 22.1.2

        At least three false equivalences/strawmen:

        1) You are not a Moderator, so don’t compare yourself to them;

        2) Moderation is not to score points or win debates;, unlike some of your deliberate attempts here;

        3) Some of your assertions are intentionally misleading and biased. [See what I did there?]

        • alwyn

          "See what I did there?"

          Oh dear. This appears to be a challenge to interpret the words of the Delphic Oracle.

          1. I think I may be wise to assume that I am unlikely to be invited to be a moderator on this site. Perhaps it merely means that the chances of this happening are rather less than the chance that I will be invited to become a member of the Augusta National Golf Club.

          2. It is almost certainly the case that you are not going to ask Adrian for his evidence that Key knew about the National Party plans for a Covid announcement. This would probably extend to it being most unlikely that anyone will be asked to prove any derogatory claim they may make about John Key.

          3. You claim that I make deliberately misleading statements. You do not offer any evidence that this is the case.

          How am I going?

          • Incognito

            Oh dear, here we go again with alwyn digging a bigger hole again for himself. Let’s see if we can avoid moderation this time.

            Re. #1: You introduced the referential comparison to what Moderators occasionally (!) ask you. Now, you’re shifting the posts to an imaginary invitation to become a caddie on the site.

            Re. #2: Adrian consulted his comatose dog; no further questions are required.

            Re. #3: Your intentions here can be spotted from a mile away, but to be sure, I checked with my parsnip.

            My advice: let it go alwyn.

  23. Muttonbird 23

    Surge-on and the Hologram show:

    COVID-19: John Key and David Seymour say private MIQs the way – but how does it work overseas and is it foolproof?

    The article says a Taiwanese businessman was fined $50K for breaching quarantine. Great, the state is $50K richer, but the virus still gets out.

    • alwyn 23.1

      Perhaps you could tell me the answers to the following questions?

      Are the state-controlled MIQs in New Zealand foolproof, or do some people breach the quarantine?

      Was it not the New Zealand Government, in the person of Ms Ardern, who has proposed that some people, who she suggests would be particularly trustworthy, should be allowed to self-isolate in their homes and that a introduction of this policy was proposed for the last quarter of this year?

      Do you support her going ahead with this approach, and if so how would you select these people. Should it be a lottery like the current allocation of MIQ places?

      • Muttonbird 23.1.1

        It should be well managed and policed, and paid for by business.

        Problem is the private sector is very loose with abiding by the rules. As always, the profit motive wins, so any and every corner will be cut.

  24. Muttonbird 24

    I don't know if anyone has done a Newshrub poll before, but it is extremely right leaning in the response, and of course not scientific.

    Usually you can pick the way it's going to look before you even click yes/no.

    But I was wrong this time when answering the question: Do you agree with Sir John Key's COVID response comments?

    I confidently predicted the response would be 2:1 saying, "yes".

    The opposite happened…

  25. Byd0nz 25

    Whatever influence you may think Key has will be blown away with tonight's TV poll.

    Key only influences greedy people, who think they are the center of the universe, and like Key they become arrogant, that runs against the Kiwi grain.

    • alwyn 25.1

      Are you suggesting that Colmar Brunton have managed to set up and run their poll starting after Key's op-Ed pieces appeared in, I believe, yesterday's papers?

      If not how could the poll be a measure of the influence he has regarding the proposals he put out yesterday?

  26. Robert Guyton 26

    Martyn Bradbury does good 🙂

    "All Key is channeling is impatience."

    "Key’s belief that he can just bribe young people and Maori with gift cards and trinkets…"

  27. mac1 27

    A straw poll on Newshub is 68% to 32% not agreeing with Key's criticism.

    Personally I switched off when Key used the word 'shambles'. Overused, ill-informed, trigger word which is rhetorical hyperbole, unsubstantiated and indicative of shallow analysis.

  28. Reality 28

    Key says we are all fearful of Covid. Has he been hiding away in his mansion sulking because he can't come and go to Hawaii at present. He has been able to enjoy a very comfortable life however – not having to scramble onto public transport, does not work in a health or public capacity or in an essential workplace.

    Of course people are fearful when they have seen and heard of the worldwide devastation caused by Covid. His sneering about smugness is an insult coming from the master of smugness. His involvement in dirty politics has left him with a legacy which is a disgrace.

    • SPC 28.1

      In 2003 he suggested that MP's should look at the United States,

      "which has a minimum of two weeks holiday a year, and the economic prosperity in the US is so much greater than New Zealand's".

      (Hollow Man source no longer online)

      I also recall him saying that the 2005 tax cuts proposed by National would have people working weekends rather than at their children's sports (as if that family time was a wasted economic resource).

      It speaks for a regard for the "economy", and the primacy of money in the order of society governance.

  29. Has anyone checked on Mike Hosking? He could hurt himself while he swoons over the return of his hero. He won't be needing Viagra this weekend.

  30. coreyjhumm 30

    Thing is the govt pretty much announced all of this six weeks ago and I don't remember the outrage even though there should have been outrage when the govt was allowing employers to self quarantine their employees and was talking about opening up travel next year.

    This just seems like faux outrage cos a former leader from the other team came out and said what our team ultimately plans on doing.

    I mean "he must miss the limelight" same could be said about Aunty Helen who appears on the media circuit far more regularly than Key and it is said … By the Nats whenever she says something cos she's a former leader of the other team which is just ridiculous. If a former pm has an opinion why shouldn't they say something especially the most recent three two of which spent nearly two decades in power between them. Even if I disagree with what they say.

    That's all this is, faux outrage cos someone from the other team is asking for a plan and has ideas that are a sugar free version of the one our team already ultimately wants

    Ardern herself implied last week unvaxed people wouldn't be able to participate in society fully. No outrage about that from our team.

    I don't like Key at all. Everytime he opens his mouth I'm angry about how living standards, homelessness, child poverty,house prices, rents skyrocketed under him … in nearly 7 years national botched the chch rebuild And then I get even angrier because being reminded of him reminds me

    Everythings as bad or worse under this govt as it was under him hell the current govt goes to half built city and talks about what a success the rebuild WAS as if it's over and to them it jsy, but instead of being as mad at the current govt as we were at the previous govt my comerades are too busy praising and defending their team because they like Pepsi and the other lot who did nothing are coke and coke is much worse because…. Reasons…

    Pepsi and coke both are more interested in profit and helping rich keep their wealth except Pepsi has better marketing.

    I actually think Ardern, Key and Clark are all exceptional people for different reasons and are all probably quite good and nice people…

    I don't think any of them are real leaders and I think their disagreements on policy are just nuances rather than radically differing visions for nz case in point Ardern praising Amazon and protecting wealth at all costs and ruling out a capital gains tax but increasing the bright line test like Key did, the differences are semantics… Key wanting to change the flag, labour wanting to change the flag too but opposing it because they disagreed with the way the referendum was organized…semantics…

    Billionaires and the rich have nothing to fear from a labour govt or a national govt or any combination of our parliamentary parties, the poor, the vulnerable the mentally ill the homeless… They have nothing to hope for regardless of whether Pepsi or coke are in power…

    But …. The other team are worse cos they'd do the same thing we're doing slightly different… Let's all get mad and angry about it cos bugger the other team.

    • roblogic 30.1

      Key in person might initially seem "good and nice". An exceptionally smooth and polished salesman, his verbal dexterity and persona had the ability to deceive the whole country.

      But in reality he was anything but "good and nice", he is a glib and careless self-aggrandising corporate tool who would sell his onw grandmother for a buck, indeed he made at least $10 million from selling his Parnell place after recklessly inflating housing for 9 years.

  31. Leighton 31

    Not that it excuses the behaviour but why are you so certain that the Fran tweet was meant for Key? The Key opinion piece was only published yesterday (26/9), so she could only have been referring to that in a tweet on Saturday afternoon if she was given an advance copy. She says the tweet was intended for Rodney Jones although as best I can tell he didn't actually write an article last week (although he was quoted in the Herald as being critical of Hendy's modelling).

  32. Adrian 32

    Unusual for a former PM to insult every NZer who has done their best over the last 18 months, but then he was always a bit of an entitled shit. I have had a wee think and have come round to agreeing that yes we are a little like North Korea certainly after he left our hospital system in the state it was but even they have not stooped to shitting in their hospital walls.

  33. AB 33

    Covid has got everyone stressed. How else would an esteemed former PM end up sounding like some anonymous far-right nutbar going nuclear on social media and blurting out a North Korea comparison? What next – will Judith compare Ashley with Vlad the Impaler, or Jacinda claim that FranO is the business establishment's Dr Goebbels? It's terribly shocking what the denial of nice overseas holidays does to the middle-class mind.

    • Drowsy M. Kram 33.1

      COVID’s been a pitiless leveller in the the overseas travel arena – patience people.

    • Anne 33.2

      It's terribly shocking what the denial of nice overseas holidays does to the middle-class mind.

      You can say that again. I've been witness to it from a few rellies. They seem to have lost all sense of reality. They think the government has set out to destroy them. It's all Cindy's fault. I've manage thus far not to read the riot act but don't know how much longer that is going to last. angry

    • Graeme 33.3

      In our esteemed former PM's case I get a slight wiff of the aroma of imminent pecuniary disadvantage. I wonder if any of his tourism / travel holdings are about to report results.

  34. SPC 34

    It's Key who is playing the fear card – he is saying that nations that step out of the neo-liberal orbit are seen as fair game to be attacked – first in the media as collectivist/socialist/not part of the global market regime – then second to be undermined with sanctions/punishments.

    We have been this way before (when National made anti-nuclear ship visits bi-partisan), most of you did not even notice the white clover leaf weevil, the varrua jacobsini beemite or the didymo – a systematic attack on the land of milk and honey and tourism waterways (and also lamb tariffs). This while Josiah "5 Eyes" Beeman was ambassador.

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  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Friday, July 12
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    6 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 12
    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s climate strategy ‘pamphlet’, its watering down of Clean Car Standards and its general lack of coherence;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • Casey Costello strikes again
    Summary: A track record of deception is becoming evident in the Government’s Coalition alliance. Ministers across all parties have been found to either lie without contrite, and/or act unlawfully and unreasonably. The rails are coming off quicker than a marshmallow induced fantasy train ride as the conductors throw caution to ...
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    7 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #28 2024
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  • We're back! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live
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  • Climate Change: National’s gas fantasy
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  • A criminal minister
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  • Gordon Campbell on Luxon in the NATO pressure cooker
    New Zealand is one of six countries invited as onlookers to this week’s NATO summit in Washington. As such, PM Christopher Luxon will be made aware of the pressure on the 32 NATO member states (a) to increase their Defence spending (b) to become less militarily dependent on the US ...
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  • Bernard’s Dawn Chorus for Thursday July 11
    TL;DR: My top six things to note around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so on the morning of July 11 are:Climate: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts issued the National-ACT-NZ First Coalition Government’s climate strategy yesterday, including a three-page document with five bullet ...
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  • By George! Splendid streets take shape down south
    The revitalisation of Auckland city centre, especially around Wynyard Quarter, Te Komititanga, and Queen Street, is top of mind for Greater Auckland readers – but other cities around Aotearoa New Zealandare installing people-friendly streets. This guest post by Jessica de Heij, who grew up in the Netherlands and is an ...
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  • Bernard's Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 11
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    1 week ago

  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan
    The Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows we can stay within the limits of the first two emissions budgets while growing the economy, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “This draft Emissions Reduction Plan shows that with effective climate change policies we can both grow the economy and deliver our ...
    4 hours ago
  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset
    The coalition Government is providing extra support for job seekers to ensure as many Kiwis as possible are in work or preparing for work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “While today’s quarterly data showing a rise in the number of people on Jobseeker benefits has been long ...
    4 hours ago
  • School attendance continues to increase
    Provisional school attendance data for Term 2 2024 released today has shown more students are back in class compared to last year, with 53.1 per cent of students regularly attending, compared with 47 per cent in Term 2 2023, Associate Education Minister David Seymour says. “The Government has prioritised student ...
    5 hours ago
  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has welcomed news of progress being made by the NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) on the first of several crucial resilience projects underway on the South Island’s West Coast.“State highways across the West Coast are critical lifelines for communities throughout the region, including for freight and tourism. ...
    5 hours ago
  • Migrant school leavers to get part-time work rights
    The coalition Government is providing migrant school leavers with greater opportunities, by increasing access to part-time work rights for those awaiting the outcome of a family residence application, Immigration Minister Erica Stanford has announced.  “Many young people who are part of a family residence application process are unable to work. ...
    20 hours ago
  • Inflation data shows progress in economic recovery
    Today’s Consumer Price Index data which has inflation at 3.3 per cent for the year to July 2024, shows we are turning our economy around and winning the fight against rampant inflation, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says.  “While today’s data will be welcome news for Kiwis, I know many New ...
    1 day ago
  • Experts to advise Minister on Oranga Tamariki
    The Oranga Tamariki Ministerial Advisory Board has been re-established by the Minister for Children, Karen Chhour. “I look forward to working with the new board to continue to ensure Oranga Tamariki and the care and protection system, are entirely child centric,” Minister Chhour says. “The board will provide independent advice ...
    2 days ago
  • Expectations set for improved medicines access
    Associate Health Minister David Seymour says he has set clear expectations for Pharmac around delivering the medicines and medical technology that Kiwis need.  “For many New Zealanders, funding for pharmaceuticals is life or death, or the difference between a life of pain and suffering or living freely. New cancer medicines ...
    2 days ago
  • Regional Development Minister to host summits
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will hold a series of nationwide summits to discuss regional priorities, aspirations and opportunities, with the first kicking off in Nelson on August 12. The 15 summits will facilitate conversations about progressing regional economic growth and opportunities to drive productivity, prosperity and resilience through the ...
    2 days ago
  • Government delivers new school for Rolleston
    The Coalition Government is addressing growing demands on Canterbury’s school network, by delivering a new primary school in Rolleston, Education Minister Erica Stanford says. Within Budget 24’s $400 million investment into school property growth, construction will begin on a new primary school (years 1-8) in Selwyn, Canterbury.  Rolleston South Primary ...
    2 days ago
  • New speed camera signs to improve safety
    The Government is welcoming the rollout of new speed camera signs for fixed speed cameras to encourage drivers to check their speeds, improving road safety and avoiding costly speeding tickets, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says. “Providing Kiwis with an opportunity to check their speed and slow down in high crash areas ...
    2 days ago
  • NZ, Korea strengthen relationship
    New Zealand and the Republic of Korea continue to strengthen their relationship, Foreign Minister Winston Peters says.   “New Zealand and Korea have a long history – from New Zealand soldiers fighting in the Korean War, through to our strong cooperation today as partners supporting the international rules-based order.    ...
    3 days ago
  • Investing for future growth in tourism and hospitality
    The Government is moving forward with recommendations from the Tourism Data Leadership Group, beginning with establishing a Tourism Data Partnership Fund says Tourism and Hospitality Minister Matt Doocey. “The Tourism Data Partnership Fund is funded through the International Visitor Conservation and Tourism Levy (IVL) and will provide up to $400,000 ...
    3 days ago
  • 4000 more job seekers to get case managers
    A new over-the-phone employment case management service will see thousands more job seekers under the age of 25 supported to find work, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston has announced. “MSD case managers provide valuable support to help people into work, but less than a third of those receiving ...
    3 days ago
  • Trade Minister to attend G7 meeting in Italy
    Trade Minister Todd McClay will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Trade Ministers meeting in Reggio Calabria, Italy next week. This is the first time New Zealand has been invited to join the event, which will be attended by some of the world’s largest economies and many of New Zealand’s ...
    4 days ago
  • Ministers reveal consequences for unruly Kāinga Ora tenants
    Ministers are pleased to see Kāinga Ora taking a stronger approach to managing unruly, threatening or abusive tenants, Housing Minister Chris Bishop and Associate Housing Minister Tama Potaka say.    “For far too long, a small number of Kāinga Ora tenants have ridden roughshod over their neighbours because, under Kāinga ...
    4 days ago
  • Prime Minister wraps up US visit in California
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has finished a successful four-day visit to the United States with meetings in California on his final day focusing on innovation and investment.  “It has been fantastic to be in San Francisco today seeing first-hand the deepening links between New Zealand and California. “New Zealand company, EV Maritime, ...
    5 days ago
  • Prime Minister leads Indo-Pacific Four at NATO
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon today chaired a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Four (IP4) countries – Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea and New Zealand. The IP4 met in the context of NATO’s Summit in Washington DC hosted by President Biden. “Prosperity is only possible with security,” Mr Luxon says. “We need ...
    6 days ago
  • District Court judges appointed
    Attorney-General Hon Judith Collins today announced the appointment of three new District Court Judges.   The appointees, who will take up their roles in July and August at the Manukau, Rotorua and Invercargill courts, are:   Matthew Nathan Judge Nathan was admitted to bar in New Zealand in 2021, having previously been ...
    6 days ago
  • Urgent review into Wairoa flood response begins
    Environment Minister, Penny Simmonds today announced the terms of reference for a rapid review into the Wairoa flood response. “The Wairoa community has raised significant concerns about the management of the Wairoa River bar and the impact this had on flooding of properties in the district,” says Ms Simmonds. “The Government ...
    6 days ago
  • NZDF’s Red Sea deployment extended
    New Zealand has extended its contribution to the US-led coalition working to uphold maritime security in the Red Sea, Defence Minister Judith Collins and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced today. “The decision to extend this deployment is reflective of the continued need to partner and act in line with New ...
    6 days ago
  • Government provides support to tackle tax debt and compliance
    New compliance funding in Budget 2024 will ensure Inland Revenue is better equipped to catch individuals who are evading their tax obligations, Revenue Minister Simon Watts says. “New Zealand’s tax debt had risen to almost $7.4 billion by the end of May, an increase of more than 50 per cent since 2022. ...
    6 days ago
  • Taking action to reduce road cones
    The Coalition Government is taking action to reduce expenditure on road cones and temporary traffic management (TTM) while maintaining the safety of workers and road users, Transport Minister Simeon Brown says.  Rolling out a new risk-based approach to TTM that will reduce the number of road cones on our roads.  ...
    6 days ago
  • Celebrating 100 years of progress
    Te Arawa Lakes Trust centenary celebrations mark a significant milestone for all the important work done for the lakes, the iwi and for the Bay of Plenty region, says Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti and Māori Development Minister Tama Potaka. The minister spoke at a commemorative event acknowledging 100 years ...
    7 days ago
  • Foreign Minister to travel to Korea and Japan
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters will travel to the Republic of Korea and Japan next week.    “New Zealand enjoys warm and enduring relationships with both Korea and Japan. Our relationships with these crucial partners is important for New Zealand’s ongoing prosperity and security,” says Mr Peters.    While in the ...
    1 week ago
  • Government creates MAG for retail crime victims
    The coalition Government is establishing a Ministerial Advisory Group for the victims of retail crime, as part of its plan to restore law and order, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Associate Justice Minister Nicole McKee says.  “New Zealand has seen an exponential growth in retail crime over the past five ...
    1 week ago
  • Huge opportunity for educators and students as charter school applications open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says today is another important step towards establishing charter schools, with the application process officially opening.  “There has already been significant interest from groups and individuals interested in opening new charter schools or converting existing state schools to charter schools,” says Mr Seymour. “There is ...
    1 week ago
  • Decreasing gas reserves data highlights need to reverse oil and gas exploration ban
    MBIE’s annual Petroleum Reserves report detailing a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural gas reserves shows the need to reverse the oil and gas exploration ban, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says.“Figures released by MBIE show that there has been a 20 per cent reduction in New Zealand’s natural ...
    1 week ago
  • Providers of military assistance to Russia targeted in new sanctions
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced further sanctions as part of the Government’s ongoing response to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine.    “Russia’s continued illegal war of aggression against Ukraine is a direct and shocking assault on the rules-based order. Our latest round of sanctions targets Russians involved in that ...
    1 week ago
  • OECD report shows New Zealand is a red tape state
    Minister for Regulation David Seymour says that the OECD Product Market Regulation Indicators (PMRI) released this morning shows why New Zealanders sorely need regulatory reform. “This shocker result should end any and all doubt that the Government must go to war on red tape and regulation,” says Mr Seymour.  “The ...
    1 week ago
  • Government unveils five-point climate strategy
    The coalition Government is proud to announce the launch of its Climate Strategy, a comprehensive and ambitious plan aimed at reducing the impacts of climate change and preparing for its future effects, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts says. “The Strategy is built on five core pillars and underscores the Government’s ...
    1 week ago
  • National Bowel Screening Programme reaches 2 million life-saving screening kits
    The National Bowel Screening Programme has reached a significant milestone, with two million home bowel screening kits distributed across the country, Health Minister Dr Shane Reti announced today.   “This programme, which began in 2017, has detected 2,495 cancers as of June 2024. A third of these were at an early ...
    1 week ago
  • Granny flats popular with all ages
    More than 1,300 people have submitted on the recent proposal to make it easier to build granny flats, RMA Reform Minister Chris Bishop and Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk say. “The strong response shows how popular the proposal is and how hungry the public is for common sense changes to make ...
    1 week ago
  • $25 million boost for conservation
    Toitū te taiao – our environment endures!  New Zealanders will get to enjoy more of our country’s natural beauty including at Cathedral Cove – Mautohe thanks to a $25 million boost for conservation, Conservation Minister Tama Potaka announced today.  “Te taiao (our environment) is critical for the country’s present and ...
    1 week ago
  • New Zealand increases support for Ukraine
    Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Foreign Minister Winston Peters have announced a further $16 million of support for Ukraine, as it defends itself against Russia’s illegal invasion. The announcement of further support for Ukraine comes as Prime Minister Luxon attends the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC. “New Zealand will provide an additional ...
    1 week ago
  • Country Kindy to remain open
    Associate Education Minister David Seymour says that Country Kindy in Manawatu will be able to remain open, after being granted a stay from the Ministry of Education for 12 weeks. “When I heard of the decision made last week to shut down Country Kindy I was immediately concerned and asked ...
    1 week ago
  • Government lifts Indonesian trade cooperation
    New export arrangements signed today by New Zealand and Indonesia will boost two-way trade, Trade and Agriculture Minister Todd McClay says. Mr McClay and Dr Sahat Manaor Panggabean, Chairman of the Indonesia Quarantine Authority (IQA), signed an updated cooperation arrangement between New Zealand and Indonesia in Auckland today. “The cooperation arrangement paves the way for New Zealand and Indonesia to boost our $3 billion two-way trade and further ...
    1 week ago
  • Carbon capture framework to reduce emissions
    A Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage (CCUS) framework has been released by the Coalition Government for consultation, providing an opportunity for industry to reduce net CO2 emissions from gas use and production, Energy Minister Simeon Brown says. “Our Government is committed to reducing red tape and removing barriers to drive investment ...
    1 week ago
  • Faster consenting with remote inspections
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    1 week ago
  • Revision programme presented to Parliament
    A new revision programme enabling the Government to continue the progressive revision of Acts in New Zealand has been presented to Parliament, Attorney-General Judith Collins announced today. “Revision targets our older and outdated or much-amended Acts to make them more accessible and readable without changing their substance,” Ms Collins says. ...
    1 week ago

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