Unbelievable

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, June 4th, 2010 - 4 comments
Categories: john key - Tags: , ,

Reprinted with permission from No Right Turn. If you want to be truly nauseated go see the video of Key’s repeated refusal, smirking like a schoolboy here.

So, having tried to claim he has no interest in his own not-blind trust, John Key is now trying to tell Parliament that he has “no responsibility, ministerial or otherwise” for his declaration of pecuniary interests.

As the Tui billboard says, “yeah right”.

The fact is that as Prime Minister, John Key is responsible for enforcing the Cabinet Manual on members of his Cabinet, including himself. And that manual includes very specific provisions about pecuniary interests and conflicts. The idea that he is not responsible for this is as unbelievable as it is unacceptable.

Also unacceptable: National’s policy, stated in the PM’s answer to that question, of refusing to reveal when or whether Ministers have declared conflicts of interest at Cabinet meetings. This is a deliberate attempt to thwart the oversight necessary to confirm that everything is above board. And where there is no oversight, there can only be suspicion.

4 comments on “Unbelievable”

  1. kaplan 1

    That saddest thing is that this ‘unbelievable’ post is actually quite believable.

  2. I hope someone does a youtube mashup of nauseating John Key facials showing him for what he really is and not what he purports to be.

  3. ghostwhowalksnz 3

    TV3 used to to mashups of labour Mps in parliament, showing faces that didnt relate to the questions being asked.
    Funny how they dont do that anymore ?

  4. deemac 4

    it’s the Margaret Thatcher attack approach. When told “that’s not how we do things”, she said “we do now” and mostly she got away with it due to the deference shown to a PM. On the rare occasions this tactic went wrong, she ensured a minion took the blame not her.

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