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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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    6 days ago
  • More expert comments on the Canadian fluoride-IQ paper
    The Green et al (2019) fluoride/IQ is certainly controversial – as would be expected from its subject (see If at first you don’t succeed . . . statistical manipulation might help and Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear). Anti-fluoride campaigners have been actively promoting it ...
    1 week ago
  • The return to guerrilla war in Colombia
    by Gearóid Ó Loingsigh On August 29th a video in which veteran FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) commander Iván Márquez announced that they had taken up arms again was released. There was no delay in the reaction to it, from longtime Liberal Party figure and former president Uribe, for ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • Air New Zealand identifies this enormous plot of unused land as possible second airport site
    Air New Zealand couldn’t believe its luck that this seemingly ideal piece of real estate had so far gone entirely unnoticed. Air New Zealand’s search for a site to build a second Auckland Airport may have made a breakthrough this afternoon, after employees scanning Google satellite imagery spotted a huge, ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Redline on the Labour Party
    No-one on the anti-capitalist left in this country today puts forward a case that Labour is on the side of the working class.  There are certainly people who call themselves ‘socialist’ who do, but they are essentially liberals with vested interests in Labourism – often for career reasons. Nevertheless, there ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    1 week ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s failure
    When National was in government and fucking over the poor for the benefit of the rich, foodbanks were a growth industry. And now Labour is in charge, nothing has changed: A huge demand for emergency food parcels means the Auckland City Mission is struggling to prepare for the impending arrival ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Ardern attempts to vaccinate Clarke Gayford live on television to prove that it’s safe
    Gayford, pictured here on The Project, before things got wildly out of control. A bold public relations move by the Government to encourage parents to vaccinate their children has gone horribly wrong. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern appeared on tonight’s episode of Three’s The Project, where the plan was for her ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Has Mr. Whippy gone too far by parking on our front lawns?
    Mr. Whippy’s business model has driven it down a dark road of intimidation. Residents in major centres around the country are becoming disgruntled by the increasingly aggressive actions of purported ice cream company Mr. Whippy, who have taken to parking on people’s front lawns and doorsteps in a desperate attempt ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    1 week ago
  • Cleaning up the water
    Today the government released its Action Plan for Healthy Waterways, aimed at cleaning up our lakes and rivers. Its actually quite good. There will be protection for wetlands, better standards for swimming spots, a requirement for continuous improvement, and better standards for wastewater and stormwater. But most importantly, there's a ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Fronting up
    Today I appeared before the Environment Committee to give an oral submission on the Zero Carbon Bill. Over 1,500 people have asked to appear in person, so they've divided into subcommittees and are off touring the country, giving people a five minute slot each. The other submitters were a mixed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Politics of science – making a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
    Anti-fluoride activists have some wealthy backers – they are erecting billboards misrepresenting the Canadian study on many New Zealand cities – and local authorities are ordering their removal because of their scaremongering. Many New Zealanders ...
    1 week ago
  • Democracy – I Don’t Think So
    So, those who “know best” have again done their worst. While constantly claiming to be the guardians of democracy and the constitution, and respecters of the 2016 referendum result, diehard Remainers (who have never brought themselves to believe that their advice could have been rejected) have striven might and main ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    1 week ago
  • Government says it will now build just one really nice home
    Following publication of this article, the Ministry has requested it to be noted that this supplied image is not necessarily representative of what the final house will look like, and it “probably won’t be that nice.” As part of today’s long-anticipated reset of the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild policy, Housing Minister ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Imperialism and your cup of coffee
    Over the next week or two we will be running three synopses of parts of the opening chapter of John Smith’s Imperialism in the 21st Century (New York, Monthly Review Press, 2016).  The synopsis and commentary below is written by Phil Duncan. Marx began Capital not with a sweeping historical ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Still juking the stats
    The State Services Commission and Ombudsman have released another batch of OIA statistics, covering the last six months. Request volumes are up, and the core public service is generally handling them within the legal timeframe, though this may be because they've learned to extend rather than just ignore things. And ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: Time for a New Deal: 25 years on
    In 1994, I was editing an ambitious street mag called Planet, from a fabled office at at 309 Karangahape Road. The thirteenth issue of the magazine was published in the winter of that year and its cover embodied a particularly ambitious goal: the end of cannabis prohibition.I wanted to do ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Not impressed
    KiwiBuild was one of the Ardern government's core policies. The government would end the housing crisis and make housing affordable again by building 100,000 new homes. Of course, it didn't work out like that: targets weren't met, the houses they did build were in the wrong place, and the whole ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Solar beats coal
    As the climate crisis escalates, it is now obvious that we need to radically decarbonise our economy. The good news is that its looking easy and profitable for the energy sector. Wind is already cheaper than fossil fuels, and now solar is too:The levellised cost of solar PV has fallen ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • A Step Too Far.
    A Crown Asset? For reasons relating to its own political convenience, the Crown pretends to believe that “No one owns the water.” To say otherwise would re-vivify the promises contained in the Treaty of Waitangi – most particularly those pertaining to the power of the chiefs and their proprietary rights ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
    Most people would say, no doubt, that they have a pretty good idea of what money is. They live with the reality of money every day. It is what is needed to buy the necessities of life and to maintain a decent standard of living. You get money, they would ...
    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
    The article below was an opinion piece that appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of Te Awa (the NZ Green Party’s newsletter) and on the Greens website.  In keeping with their policy of hostility to women defending women’s right to female-only spaces, Green bureaucrats have since removed the opinion piece.  ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
    Longer term readers may remember my complaining that, as a political scientist, it is burdensome to have non-political scientists wanting to engage me about politics. No layperson would think to approach an astrophysicist and lecture him/her on the finer details of quarks and black holes, but everybody with an opinion ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
    Joining The Fight: Stevan Eldred-Grigg's argument for New Zealand staying out of the Second World War fails not only on the hard-headed grounds of preserving the country’s strategic and economic interests; and not just on the soft-hearted grounds of duty and loyalty to the nation that had given New Zealand ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Universities back the climate strike
    On September 27, School Strike 4 Climate will be striking for a future to pressure the government for meaningful climate action. This time, they've asked adults to join them. And now, Lincoln University and Victoria University of Wellington have signed on:Victoria University of Wellington has joined Lincoln University in endorsing ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Another constitutional outrage
    Another day, another constitutional outrage in the UK. This time, the government is saying that if parliament passes a law to stop Brexit before being prorogued, they may just ignore it:A senior cabinet minister has suggested Boris Johnson could defy legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit if it is forced ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Ending dairy in Canterbury
    Environment Canterbury has finally proposed nitrogen limits to stop dairy farmers from poisoning Christchurch's water supply. And naturally, farmers are whining about it:A proposed move by Environment Canterbury (ECan) to protect Christchurch's drinking water by setting tough – some would say, draconian – nitrate reductions in the decades ahead and ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Is National the party of climate arson?
    The Zero Carbon Bill is currently before select committee. While its targets are weak, its a generally sensible bill that promises to establish a long-term framework to guide emissions reductions. But National hasn't made up its mind on whether it will support it - and according to Andrea Vance in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Experts warn Harold the Giraffe “well past” typical giraffe life expectancy, may not have long
    Dum-de-doo. Children across New Zealand have known him for generations as the lovable giraffe who tells them to exercise, hydrate and not to shove lit cigarettes up their nostrils. But a world renowned giraffe expert says we shouldn’t be getting attached to Life Education’s Harold the Giraffe, as he is ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago
  • August ’19 – NZ blogs sitemeter ranking
    Image credit: 22 BLOGGERS WITH ADVICE FOR RESEARCHERS AND EVALUATORS, ILLUSTRATED I notice a few regulars no longer allow public access to the site counters. This may happen accidentally when the blog format is altered. If your ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Bye, bye to the collusion lie
    Sums it up, really. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Opinion: Treat your car by buying extra petrol to snack on while you aren’t driving
    By Mike Hosking. Yesterday morning, I waltzed into work, and as I walked past the drones aggressively typing out news on the computers I’ve repeatedly asked to be moved further away from, I caught a glimpse of the words “climate change”, and noticed that suspiciously they weren’t in condescending quotation ...
    The CivilianBy admin
    2 weeks ago

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