Right wing rhetoric can be absurdly stupid at times. IrishBill recently reminded us how crazy things were getting near the last election:
One of my favourites was Hooton arguing that a fourth term Labour government would abolish the free press! Then there’s the pet attack bloggers, “dragging the discourse to new lows, with vicious, juvenile, sometimes misogynistic attacks”.
Thank goodness that nice Mr Key is better than that, right? Well – only just.. He sometimes gets away with talking awful rubbish. Who could forget this gem from the 2008 campaign trail:
I’ve had nine years of being told what lightbulb I can screw into the house, what shower I can take, what food I can eat, what things I can do, what thoughts I am allowed to have.
Really John? Five progressively stupider lies in one sentence? And you want us to take you seriously? Just yesterday he was at it again, responding to Labours suggestion to extend the eligibility for unemployment:
Mr Key said the proposal amounted to a major extension of the welfare system. “It could potentially turn every New Zealander into a beneficiary, if they wanted that, and I don’t think that’s right.”
Really John? Every New Zealander a beneficiary? Why does this get reported as a serious comment? Can you imagine the howling if Helen Clark had ever once said anything even half so stupid? Why does Key get away with talking such shite? Because we let him. We get the government that we deserve.