Trans-Tasman: Key the smile & wave PM

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, November 30th, 2010 - 64 comments
Categories: john key, Media - Tags: , ,

In the annual Trans-Tasman ‘roll-call‘, amongst the normal love-struck schoolboy prose that we expect from the Trans-Tasman when referring to any National leader, is this judgment on the PM:

“Key needs an agenda, not just the consensus he is building around personal trust.”

In other words:

‘smile and wave is all very nice and good, John, but don’t you think you should do some actual work? You know, build that brighter future you promised?’

Meanwhile, Key is spending two hours today digitally smiling and waving on Stuff. Yawn. I’m sure it’ll give us real insight and display deep thinking. I’m sure we won’t just get trite responses from Key’s PR people.

All the same, go along and ask some tough questions: it’s about time he faced some. Vernon Small’s running it, he’s a good journo, so you can be confident he won’t just let through the patsies.

64 comments on “Trans-Tasman: Key the smile & wave PM”

  1. Carol 1

    Is Stuff going to do live chats with the leaders of other the other political parties?

  2. ghostwhowalksnz 2

    Key is spending 2 hours on stuff digitally smiling and waving ?

    The perfect way for the beehive staff to veto the questions like they do on talkback

    Why go for the pretence of having an impartial media behind the stunt.
    After all Key has his own channel on Nationals website,( which no one reads)

    National has all ways pushed heavily that its PMs are a ‘man of the people’ ( Sunday night regulars at Antoines, yeah right). So Keys efforts are nothing new, but they are getting better at it.

  3. smhead 3

    How about TT’s view of Goff:

    “Election victory is still remote. Goff has shown more confidence this year, stronger speeches. But still sounds a bit robotic – fails to connect. Mana a big disappointment.”

    You also forgot to mention Eddie what else TT said about John Key:

    “He is probably NZ’s most popular PM ever, as comfortable on the world stage as he is on the streets of home.”

    Oh yes and TT gave Key 9/10 compared to Goff’s 6/10.

    Thanks for playing select-a-quote eddie.

  4. smhead 4

    What word did I use to put my comment in moderation?

    [None. You share an IP subrange with someone else in moderation. Sorry. Lprent might have a look if he notices this. — r0b]

    • smhead 4.1

      Thanks for looking into it rob.

      [lprent: All fixed… ]

    • lprent 4.2

      Haven’t seen that particular person for a while. I had to block 5 IP ranges to exclude whoever it was (and I have my suspicions about the identity).

      Removed the auto-moderation on the IP. Go forth and comment.

  5. Jeremy Harris 5

    I asked him on Radio Live the other day why I shouldn’t move to Aussie if he won’t raise the retirement age when Aussie’s baby boomers will cover 60% of their own retirement, and ours only 12%, due to comp super and they earn 30% more…

    Answer: “Don’t worry about it mate, it’ll be better here I promise”…

    I have to justify not making the move to my future kids and he needed to do better than that…

  6. Daveski 6

    Surely some reflection for Labour from this.

    Key needs an agenda, not just the consensus he is building around personal trust.

    Agree with the criticism but the compliment shows how out of touch Labour’s theme of trust was or rather than Key couldn’t be trusted.

    Perhaps a bigger worry is that a number of the Nats are finding their feet while at the same time Labour is looking in need of rejuventation.

  7. BLiP 7

    Top probing question for our wondrous PM thus far:

    Alex asks: Do you perfer normal chips or kumara chips?

    • AlbatrossNZ 7.1

      I think they’re picking up.

      “Matthew asks: According to your tax cut website, your personal tax cuts from the October 1 ‘tax swap’ are $12,600 a year on your PM salary alone. How is borrowing that money to give you a tax cut adding value to New Zealand?”

      • Lanthanide 7.1.1

        With a complete dodge and non-answer by Key:
        “John Key: Tax policy is designed to achieve two objectives – firstly to raise enough revenue to pay for the govt’s spending requirements, and secondly to put in place the right incentives for people to work and generate investment. By lowering our personal taxes, we are not only narrowing the wage gap between NZ and Australia, but we have re-weighted the investment proposition in New Zealand’s favour.

        It may be true at the moment that the Govt is borrowing to fund its deficit for a variety of factors, but that’s not always the case.”

        • Lanthanide 7.1.1.1

          Moderator: Sarah asks: How much of the National Cycleway has been built and how many jobs created?

          John Key: Off the top of my head, it’s about 200 jobs so far.

          Exact kms I don’t have to hand, but the important thing to note is that we’re about to embark on the major construction phase over summer.

          It’s my expectation that by the end of 2011, the cycleway will have 18 different tracks, totalling over 2000 kms, with well over 500 jobs created.

          I guess because National created these jobs, they are “real jobs” and sustainable, not the fake unsustainable jobs created under the last Labour government that evaporated during the recession.

          • Bored 7.1.1.1.1

            Hooray, hurrah, the mighty “John Key Memorial Cycleway” yeah yeah (metaphorical cartwheel whilst clapping)…….ready in time for the end of oil. John the Great, visionary extraordinaire…..why am I waiting?

      • BLiP 7.1.2

        Yep, good question – stink answer. I might have to have another look, this might get interesting. No doubt Clueless has a gaggle of minders answering the questions but at least Vernon Small is letting through a few curly ones.

        EDIT:

        Sarah asks: What is your favourite tv programme?

        Matt asks: What 3 items can you not live without?

        Richard asks: Vegemite or Marmite?Ford or Holden?

        This might be better hosted on the Woman’s Weekly site.

      • bbfloyd 7.1.3

        it’s a con job… i asked a question 5 minutes ago on patsy wong and it hasn’t shown yet… there have been several asked after me that have… patsy questions.

        • Lanthanide 7.1.3.1

          You think that everyone question that gets asked, get through? Chances are the moderators aren’t even reading all of the questions that are submitted because there are too many.

          I am sure they are deliberately choosing some soft, people-interest type questions. I wouldn’t even be too surprised if they inserted them themselves.

          captcha: screen

    • Jim Nald 7.2

      How about Blue Chip?
      SFO is not pressing charges, citing lack of evidence.

  8. Greg 8

    Helen Clark – the ‘oh God my eyes, don’t look at it!’ PM.

  9. BLiP 9

    Heh! Two hours – more like 45 minutes. Still, as far as Clueless is concerned, less is best.

  10. Jim Nald 10

    I will be polite …

    Dear John Key

    For Fiddlestick’s Sake, please drop the GIMMICKS ! ! !

  11. randal 11

    he cant drop the gimicks.
    thats all he is.
    a gimmick from the folks who brought you don brash last time.
    he has never made anything or invested in business.
    all he knows how to do is to talk other people out of their money but in this gig he doesnt keep it he just doles it out to his mates.

  12. gobsmacked 12

    The fluffy questions can be revealing too.

    He never reads books. No other leader in the Western world would say that. Even Dubya had to pretend he did.

    The great irony is: Key is popular, not because he is ambitious for New Zealand, but because he isn’t. He is the personification of intellectual mediocrity and absence of curiosity. This makes a lot of people very comfortable.

    Thanks for not challenging us to do better, John!

    • Jim Nald 12.1

      ”I have no interest in going to the United Nations, or holding any other elected positions”
      – woteva. it’s clear that no one who can think would want you.

      • Colonial Viper 12.1.1

        Is getting on the Board of Bank of America or the World Bank an elected or unelected position?

        • Jim Nald 12.1.1.1

          appointments by cronies don’t count
          this would surprise donkey, but there are standards

      • Bored 12.1.2

        Pity that Jim, I would just like him to f**k off somewhere else. (After he has handed on the cycleway to a competent minister…whoops foiled again)…..

        • Colonial Viper 12.1.2.1

          Maybe the cycleway could be contracted out to the Chinese? No minimum wage requirements, or worries about weekends. And Key could boast that he got it done for a fraction of the budgeted cost. What’s Pansy’s number again?

    • Lanthanide 12.2

      Yes, I also thought that one was revealing, and a bit surprised.

      He says he doesn’t have and down-time during the week and so doesn’t read books, but he does watch Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy.

      He also chose vegemite over marmite, and doesn’t have any interest in holding other elected office or working for the UN etc – so he really is just ticking off something from his bucket list.

      • Maynard J 12.2.1

        He can choose between vegemite and marmite, but had no position on apartheid.

        Taking on the tough decisions.

    • Vicky32 12.3

      He. Doesn’t. Read. Books. Incredible, haven’t the words!
      Deb

      • bobo 12.3.1

        Why are people surprised about that ? Wasn’t it one of the reasons he got voted in that wasn’t intellectual like Helen.. (reading a book = intellectual vs reading a tv guide ) He certainly is our own little George W Bush..

        • Tanz 12.3.1.1

          How do you know that he doesn’t read books? Bill English has an honours degree in English literature, I believe, and perhaps Key is a reader, not an intellectual maybe, but he could still read fiction, etc.

          • gobsmacked 12.3.1.1.1

            @Tanz

            He said so today, in the Stuff “chat” that we’re discussing. He hasn’t read even one book, in the whole of 2010.

            Of course, he could be lying. Let’s hope so.

            • Tanz 12.3.1.1.1.1

              In all fairness though, I remember early on when Helen Clark was PM, Paul Holmes interviewed her and went to her place, she showed him a stack of books, but said she didn’t have time to read them, one of them was ‘Smila’s Feeling for Snow.’

              Being PM is most likely a 24/7 job, is it not, in all fairness. I could imagine Key reading spy novels etc, who knows, I bet he does read.

              • Colonial Viper

                I could imagine Key reading spy novels etc, who knows, I bet he does read.

                NB reading “Garfield” in the New Zealand Herald does not count.

                she showed him a stack of books, but said she didn’t have time to read them, one of them was ‘Smila’s Feeling for Snow.’

                You remembered the title of a single novel mentioned by Holmes 10 years after he did the interview? Shucks it must be great to have such an awesomsauce memory! I bet you can also remember what you had for lunch the day the interview screened. Isn’t the human brain astounding.

                • Tanz

                  Sarcasm is the lowest form of humour, CV. The very lowest.

                  • pollywog

                    nah…i reckon racist jokes are !!!

                    so have you heard the one about the Tuhoe cannibals or the one about the honoured Pasifikan being asked if his papers were in order or the one about the Asian NZer who isn’t a real NZer ?

                    funny shit..eh ?

              • felix

                Tanz.

                It’s called “Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow”

                What on earth is your point?

          • Colonial Viper 12.3.1.1.2

            Bill English has an honours degree in English literature, I believe

            Really? Maybe he should re-read Oliver Twist in that case.

            • Tanz 12.3.1.1.2.1

              or Forster’s Three Cheers for Democracy? One Flew Over the Cukoos Nest? or maybe Sense and Sensibility?

  13. bobo 13

    John Key is a reality tv show that should have been canceled after its pilot.

  14. Tanz 14

    It’s hard to imagine the man as a high trader on Wall St. He’s so soft centred and pliable…or is that all a facade? Bill English for PM, because he is bright and handsome!

    • Colonial Viper 14.1

      I cannot tell if you are being serious or if you are kidding 😛

      • Tanz 14.1.1

        Serious, of course. He looks like James Cagney…nice. And he’s more right wing, Conservative.

        • bobo 14.1.1.1

          yep I agree English has the charisma of a man who been dead decades and the dance moves to match… no one can beat Hodgson when it comes to zombie crunk style..

      • Tanz 14.1.2

        Serious! He’s film star material, and Conservative, the real thing.

        • Jilly Bee 14.1.2.1

          Ah Tanz – where were you in 2002? Jeez Wayne that was a drubbing for Double Dipton if ever there was.

          • Tanz 14.1.2.1.1

            Wasn’t his fault. National had been in power for years, and as always, the public grew tired of them. Famalarity breeds, contempt, especially in politics. National/Labour always, nine years or so, if they’re lucky. He just had to carry the can, that’s all.

        • mcflock 14.1.2.2

          wow – your vote for Nat-MPILF is in.

        • pollywog 14.1.2.3

          yup…as a finance minister, he’s a great actor

          and conservative, the mans so risk averse i imagine he wears 2 pairs of undies…

  15. Pascal's bookie 15

    Also, what’s with eating turkey when you have the option of eating something pleasant?

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    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
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  • 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 ...
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  • Not impressed
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    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.
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    2 weeks ago
  • Where Money Comes From
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    Bryan GouldBy Bryan Gould
    2 weeks ago
  • Banned by the Green Party leadership: Jill Abigail on women’s rights and trans rights
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    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • The fallacy of the proximity argument.
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    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    2 weeks ago
  • Where We Stood: Chris Trotter Replies To Stevan Eldred-Grigg.
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    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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