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Speech to UN height of hypocrisy

Written By: - Date published: 7:52 am, October 3rd, 2015 - 34 comments
Categories: accountability, International, john key, Syria, war, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: , , , ,

Yesterday John Key delivered a speech to the UN (full text). It was strongly worded:

United Nations failed Syria

Prime minister John Key has used a speech to the United Nations to accuse it of failing Syria and other countries in crisis.

In prepared notes, Key sheeted home responsibility for failing to end the “misery” in Syria squarely at the feet of the UN Security Council. “The consequences of inaction are not theoretical. The human toll is real. …

“It’s time for its members to set aside their vested interests and historical alliances in order to stop the violence and end the suffering. “It’s time for the Council to do its duty for those who have lost their lives and loved ones, and for the millions who have been displaced.

“We cannot afford to let the Council go from an institution with failings to a failed institution.” There must be a political solution to the conflict in Syria soon, Key said.

The call for a “political solution” in Syria sits oddly with Key’s bombastic “get some guts” troops (sorry trainers) to Iraq. But Key really showed his true colours with this gem:

“The consequences of inaction are not theoretical. The human toll is real. A three-year-old boy dead, washed up on a Turkish beach; hundreds of thousands killed and millions forced to flee their homes.

“We cannot ignore the huddled travellers in the railway stations of Europe, or the reality of refugees scratching out a meagre existence in camps or makeshift homes in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon,” Key said.

Brazen much? Just weeks ago Key was doing his very best to ignore the “huddled travellers” – the refugees – and keep them out of NZ:

Key: No increase for refugee quota

New Zealand’s refugee quota will stay at 750 a year, despite Opposition calls for more to be accepted.

Mr Key said on Monday there were no plans to increase the quota and he repeated that today. “The general view is that 750 works well, on the balance of a number of factors, and that’s been the wisdom of successive governments going back 28 years.”

When forced to back down by the public outcry (i.e. internal polling) Key’s grudging increase to the quota was the bare minimum he thought he could get away with.

Key’s little lecture to the UN would have been delivered with a lot more moral authority if it wasn’t built on the heights of hypocrisy.


34 comments on “Speech to UN height of hypocrisy ”

  1. Jenny Kirk 1

    Yep – I read it, and couldn’t believe just how hypocritical it was ! This guy has no shame whatsoever.

  2. Paul 2

    A sociopath in action.

  3. Key is a slimeball of the biggest order.

  4. savenz 4

    I guess Planet Key is expanding…. internationally!

    Now John Key and National have wrecked our country, I guess he is concentrating on our international reputation to destroy.

    Message to all, DONT vote in a currency speculator as PM!

    Agree with 100% with Anthony Robbins, Jenny Kirk, Paul and Repartee.

  5. Mike the Savage One 5

    John Key’s speech has only proved to me that all this agenda and talk about the UN Security Council seat that New Zealand presently has is nothing but a government of wannabes of a little nation wanting to look important, to get some attention, and to sell its image, to facilitate more future trade deals. That is what all that was about, none bloody else.

    And yes, the speech given by Key is ridiculous, not just full of hypocrisy, it is childishly naive, well, probably just a bit of “bold talk” coming from a protected, far away land’s leader, who has little to fear from all that goes on in Syria, the Middle East and in Europe.

    The offer of additional 600 refugees, from primarily Syria, was as ridiculous and shameful as what Key delivered. Indeed, doubling the quota is the minimum that should be done right away, but more can be done.

    As for all else, Key knows, whatever New Zealand says at the UN will fade into total irrelevance on the world stage, as this country is only pushing above its weight in agricultural and some other industry output, much not even based on enhanced quality or technical or other standard.

    A nation living off the grass that grows, the logs that can be chopped off, off exports of basic food products, off seafood and horticulture and wine-exports, off some bits of IT and few other services and products, that fixes growth issues by selling land and houses will not shine as a beacon of hope even to smart economists, let alone political or military strategists.

    And what has that training in Iraq delivered? Has Ramadi been taken back off ISIS now? Has Anbar Province been “freed” now? Has the air bombardment by the US and French and some Arab nations delivered the demise of Islamic State?

    Russia has now thrown a spanner into the useless strategies of the west, not for the good and not for a solution, but only to save a doomed dictator and his regime from inevitable fall. All the US and Europe can try and negotiate now is for Russia to spare the Free Syrian Army and others from being bombed. What a smart agenda? Assad or ISIS is the ONLY choice now available to Syrians still there, that is if the Russians leave it with air bombardments, and do not also send troops in.

    And the veto issue, all this will stop with a firm veto from any permanent member of the UN Security Council for a start, as I see it. This is vain talk by a NZ dandy boy politicians, who only wants attention, a tap on the shoulder by the big boys and girls, and an instagram going around on social media, showing him with them on a snap shot. He is all about himself and his childhood dream being realised, and the useless NZ media fell for all his hollow talk from the time the election campaign started in 2008. What a disgrace for NZ.

    P.S.: One last question to Mr Key: How is that peace negotiation NZ’s UN delegation was considering to be facilitated or supported between Israel and the Palestinians going, by the way? Any progress there?

    • Paul 5.1

      The NZ media did not fall for his hollow talk.
      They were told by their owners to support him.
      Their owners as the same people who own Key and who are pushing the TPP.
      Large corporations and financiers.

      • Mike the Savage One 5.1.1

        I think you are right there, but that shows that the ones that were working in the MSM then, who still could have raised their voices of concern, were too gutless and useless, and gave in to the bosses’ and chief editor’s “directions”.

        The only alternative would have been exactly what I suggested in my comment, so I gave the rest the “benefit of the doubt”, for simply having fallen for crowd charming and sheepish following of “opinion leaders”.

        History and future reflections will shine more light on what exactly happened, but we learn by the day.

  6. But but, they are ALL hypocrites, slime balls, and sociopaths.
    The definition of politician is – lying bastard.
    There isn’t one honest politician in New Zealand, maybe the world. They have to lie, it is part of the job, the pig ignorant masses couldn’t handle the truth, as witnessed even on this blog.
    Have no fear though, we have Kiwi Saver.

    • Paul 6.1

      Your usual OTT comment, Robert.

      • Robert Atack 6.1.1

        Ok Paul I will bite, please send me a link (just one) to any politician throwing even a little doubt on the likelihood that an 18 year old paying into Kiwi Saver is going to see a payout in 47 years time?
        Just one truthful statement would be nice, even from a green MP, who all seem to think this planet destroying system will survive at least another 65 years of GROWTH. == 9-13 billion people?
        When over this time humans will have to produce more food than we have ‘found’ in the past 10,000 years – exponential growth on a finite planet just can not happen.

        Educate yourself

        Uploaded on May 9, 2011
        Arithmetic, Population and Energy — a talk by Dr. Albert Bartlett

        Professor Al Bartlett begins his one-hour talk with the statement, “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.”

        AND http://guymcpherson.com/2014/01/climate-change-summary-and-update/

        Now prove to me I didn’t flush more smarts down the toilet this morning, than there are in your head!

        • Paul 6.1.1.1

          Have seen the Bartlett talk. It’s brilliant.
          However, I don’t agree with you that all politicians are bad.

        • Paul 6.1.1.2

          I would be more open to discussing topics with you if your manner was not so aggressive.

        • Chris 6.1.1.3

          Tell us what we should do?

          • Robert Atack 6.1.1.3.1

            Are you asking me Chris?
            I’m not the tell you what to do guy, I’m the tell you you are stuffed no matter what you do guy )
            But for some short term survival tactics ?
            Personal – get a gun maybe ?
            National, as in New Zealand not the party – um ? Close the borders, bring in martial law ? In a nice way copy Pol Pots year zero ideas, empty the cities of useless workers, and get them producing food, probably have to start shooting people, as it is to much strain on the system to support prisoners, ban birth at least for maybe 5 – 10 years, so we can actually get a true understanding of what the average under 20 year old person faces, and all + 20 year olds of coarse;) , eventually, if time allows turn the country vegetarian/pork/chicken eaters … maybe?? Start manufacturing shoes
            Maybe some sort of marie type legal system ? Tuhoe may be the last man standing.
            Sorry OT, but I think I was asked?

  7. Pasupial 7

    With the recent Panda-ring by Key, this has to be one of the best typos ever!

    Key’s grudging increase to the quota was the bear minimum he thought he could get away with.

  8. Keith 8

    He whining little voice slurring through that speech only seemed to emphasis his lack of genuine knowledge of what he was talking about and it made Key look about as alien to this as a camel is to the Artic. And yes he is full of shit and anyone in the UN would know it!

  9. Detrie 9

    I think the reference to Key being a sociopath is spot on. Lack of conscience or empathy for fellow human beings. I see him as a used car [money] salesperson who is all talk and produces little, who just happened to get into politics and can show off in front of a bigger stage… It’s all about power and ego, not being open, sincere or have any original ideas…

  10. Rolf 11

    Has everyone forgotten that the crisis in Syria is created by classical US intervention of money, ”advice”, military support, CIA missions and so on to achieve US control of the area. This is a form of annexation, practiced many times in history when one country desires to control another. The foreign controls of New Zealand are called ANZUS and TPP. Instead of a military invasion the country is controlled by agreements. When that fail, the US invades and insurge, as in Vietnam, South Korea, Japans, Philippines, Guam, Marshall Islands, Iran, Libya,, Lebanon, Kuwait, Iraq, Somalia , Bosnia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan , Sudan, Kosovo, Yemen , Pakistan, Syria. Just this decade 2 million people would have been alive if it was not for the USA interventions all over the world. Key is just the US stogey.

  11. johnm 12

    3 of the permanent members of the UN security council are The US, the UK and France. The US has had the aim of overthrowing Assad long before the current conflict broke out.The US,France and the UK are bombing Syria. Much of the refugee problem can be blamed on them and their violent interventions in the Middle East especially the invasion of Iraq. ” Secret Pentagon Report Reveals US “Created” ISIS As A “Tool” To Overthrow Syria’s President Assad ” http://www.theburningplatform.com/2015/05/23/secret-pentagon-report-reveals-us-created-isis-as-a-tool-to-overthrow-syrias-president-assad/

    ” From the first sudden, and quite dramatic, appearance of the fanatical Islamic group known as ISIS which was largely unheard of until a year ago, on the world’s stage and which promptly replaced the worn out and tired al Qaeda as the world’s terrorist bogeyman, we suggested that the “straight to beheading YouTube clip” purpose behind the Saudi Arabia-funded Islamic State was a simple one: use the Jihadists as the vehicle of choice to achieve a political goal: depose of Syria’s president Assad, who for years has stood in the way of a critical Qatari natural gas pipeline, one which could dethrone Russia as Europe’s dominant – and belligerent – source of energy, reaching an interim climax with the unsuccessful Mediterranean Sea military build up of 2013, which nearly resulted in quasi-world war. ”

    So JK is actually condemning 3 of the permanent members of the security council for enabling this disaster including his vassal boss the US and appealing to them to change their wicked ways?Is he showing vestigial signs of having a back bone?
    UN security Council members:
    http://www.un.org/en/sc/members/
    The UN could do nothing with the US, the UK and France actively backing chaos in Syria.

    • johnm 12.1

      ” After nearly six months of a brutal response by the Syrian military to non-violent protesters in Dera’a, Syria where protests for certain government reforms began in 2011, a number of people turned to armed conflict to fight the regime. This opened the door to a host of competing outside proxies arming and supporting a variety of groups within Syria, upping the stakes of the war considerably. In particular, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey, and the U.S.- knowingly or unknowingly – aided the rise of ISIS.

      The United States has a long history of trying to topple the Ba’athist government in Syria, ruled by Hafez al-Assad for 40 years and now by his son, Bashar. A secret document leaked to the press by Wikileaks revealed that State Department and CIA officials sought to destabilize Syria for years, in part by stoking sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shi’a Muslims, and through support of anti-regime Islamist factions, some of which fled to Syria after the US ‘surge’ in Iraq in 2007. US officials now claim to be arming and training only ‘moderate rebels’ now – not understanding that many ‘moderates’ have defected to, or are fighting against and losing to, ISIS and its affiliates. This helps account for the flow of arms into Syria, and into the hands of ISIS members, that has radically changed the character of the war, turning it into an even bloodier disaster. ”
      ” Heading Toward a Collision: Syria, Saudi Arabia and Regional Proxy Wars ”
      http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/10/02/heading-toward-a-collision-syria-saudi-arabia-and-regional-proxy-wars/

    • Gabby 12.2

      It’s more likely that he doesn’t know what the hell’s going on.

  12. Reddelision 13

    I thought jk did all right as mine and your leader , what did the readers of the strandard ( strandard in name and ideology) expect

    • ropata 13.1

      i expected him to crack an insensitive joke about refugees, grab the nearest pony tail, then piss off for a round of golf and brown nosing foreign dignitaries

  13. North 14

    Wannabe ‘Little Churchill’ Ponce Key……wooden hypocrite at the UN……then off ‘rooting’ for the Yankees (cousin of ‘rorting’ for the TPPA). Please come home soon John…….please don’t go east. Don’t think I could handle days and days of my TV beaming out ‘rooting’ for Richie.

  14. Smilin 15

    A Dogs Breakfast you could say with confidence

  15. Smilin 16

    The writings on this page today should be sent as flyer to every mail box in NZ and then we should deport Key and his idiots to where they belong anywhere but here maybe the middle east and see how their BS sounds in the war
    And like the end of ww2 vow never to let Fascism rule the free world

  16. BLiP 17

    Hilarious. I love how John Key, the Prime Minister who, for week after week, chased a low-wage cafe worker around her place of employment pulling her pony now tail feels qualified to berate the United Nations about the inappropriate use of power from a position of privilege. He’s a joke.

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