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I see the nice Mr Gayford has gone full retard on Sir John Key accusing him of spreading misinformation (unspecified) about Covid. Cheap shot from cheap shotter who has an ‘interesting’ circle of acquaintances. In doing so he has broken the golden rule that spouses of politicians (and especially spouses of Prime Ministers) shy clear of making political statements.

Still, to be fair, and he is following suite of his Party in consigning the rule-book to door-stop status.

But in doing so he runs the risk of opening himself up to criticism … like does anyone really think he would have got the job fronting TV One’s latest foray into the house-moving reality show business if he wasn’t who he is. Still, I guess Ardern will be welcoming of a return from her investment into public broadcasting … she who pays the piper etc.

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October 13, 2021 at 1:40 pm


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I see that nice Mr Hipkins has taken umbrage at John Key’s descriptive of New Zealand as a smug Hermit kingdom. For myself I think Key’s analogy liking the country to North Korea is somewhat apt.

The only difference that I can see is North Korea’s refusal to acknowledge the existence of Covid in their country. Ardern’s restrictions on travel could have just as easily be written by Pyongyang.

One can understand Hipkin’s sensitivity.

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September 26, 2021 at 1:05 pm

Weird shit

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Who could have predicted five years ago that in the late 2010s a Labour prime minister would be as popular as John Key was in the late 2000s?  Sure as hell not me! 

Regular The Standard commenter Swordfish has a post on his own blog Sub-Zero politics comparing preferred-PM figures at different times in the past and it turns out Ardern is as popular as Key was. 

I commented multiple times during those years of Key thrashing his opponents in the preferred-PM stakes, to say that the preferred PM result is mostly a survey of how many people in NZ know who the current PM is and it’s the party vote share that matters.  I haven’t changed that view – preferred PM is still a rubbish poll question used mainly for the purpose of allowing press gallery journos to torture the current leader of the opposition ( every opposition leader of the last 50 years would have an all too real understanding of Shakespeare’s line “As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods TV journos, they kill us for their sport.”).  I’m just enjoying the foolish spectacle a bit more at the moment, for some reason…

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June 9, 2019 at 11:52 pm

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When Will They Ever Learn?

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John Key must be the only PM ever to have got right inside Labour’s heads FOR EVER.  Hell, he’s not even in politics any more and still they attack him, after all previous attacks have resulted in the attackers’ electoral defeat.   I can’t recall any incident in western politics ever where anyone did anything as stupid as this.

I hope Mr Kirton has plenty of money.    He might need it if Mr Key decides he doesn’t want his stellar reputation sullied by grubby untruths.  (The spend on health increased in real and per capita terms in every year of Mr Key’s administration.)

This is the sort of junk one would normally associate with the likes of Bradbury.    I wonder how much it cost to produce and publish.  In one fell swoop, Labour has telegraphed loud and clear to NZers that it is both incompetent and untrustworthy – a stranger to the truth.

Next thing you know, the Democrats will be launching expensive advertising campaigns against Dubbya.

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June 5, 2017 at 10:49 pm

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And Now For The Best

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In Australia it’s difficult to pick the best PM since 1940.

My contenders are Hawke, Keating, Howard, Curtin and Menzies all of whom were excellent performers.

I’d give the race to Menzies by a nose with Howard a close second.

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Menzies built thee modern day Liberal Party and presided over by far and away the best economic resurgence Australia has ever seen.

In NZ it’s a different story.  There’s no competition.

Unfortunately for the mentally deranged on the far left and far right, John Key takes it away followed by Keith Holyoake.

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Key took over a failed economy and turned it into one which is the envy of the western world while managing the rebuild of a major city.   Early in his tenure he was reported to have said he does not cleave to ideology but on each issue he decides to do what is best for NZ.

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May 24, 2017 at 11:57 pm


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The absolutely churlish response by the Greens to John Key’s valedictory speech where, unlike members from all other parties represented in the House, they refused to acknowledge his contribution to New Zealand or to shake his hand and where one of their members went feral on Key on facebook, reinforces the view that beneath their so called caring and sharing facade they really are a nasty Party.

I guess they will argue they are being true to their ideals.   That John Key is the devil incarnate, does eat babies and is deserving of absolutely no respect at all.   But their actions reinforce their shallowness when measured against their own published values … “Engage respectively and avoid personal attacks”.     In Parliament and elsewhere you earn your own respect and the Greens will reap what they sew.    They have, as a Party, squandered the image of responsibility carefully nurtured by the likes of Rod Donald and Jeanette Fitzsimons.   What goes round comes round … mark my words.

And I note that in a tail wags dog story they have persuaded Labour to agree to ditch the NZ Defence Force long term capital equipment program designed to ensure our armed forces remain mission capable and instead divert the $20b to more worthy programs … like reinstating homeopathy for pets??????   At least in doing so both Labour and the Greens are showing their true colours.  

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March 22, 2017 at 11:09 pm

Unsurprising review result of the year

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Why you shouldn’t let your country be run by merchant bankers (no that’s not rhyming slang, although the meaning’s effectively the same), number 3517859275 in a series.

So, back in 2014, international disquiet at NZ’s foreign trust regime, specifically the lack of disclosure requirements that makes us barely distinguishable from offshore tax havens like the Cayman Islands, prompted the IRD to review the regulations relating to foreign trusts.

Those profiting from administering these foreign trusts include John Key’s personal lawyer, Ken Whitney.  Key duly received representations from Whitney about IRD’s plans to wreck the profitability of the foreign trust industry via unfair practices like imposing genuine disclosure requirements on it.

Key directed Whitney to the relevant Minister, one Todd McClay.  Apparently this was no more than the PM would do for any citizen, although it’s unlikely McClay would respond to similar requests from citizens like you or me by coming cap-in-hand to our offices to hear what we and our colleagues had to tell him and make sure his department met our demands. Needless to say, the IRD didn’t get to review the foreign trust rules.

Hooray, disastrous loss of profitability via the intrusion of good governance averted!  Until the Panama Papers turned up, that is, and journo scum got hold of the story.  Key had to get up in Parliament and spout laughable bullshit about our foreign trusts featuring “full disclosure,” being “world class” and any Opposition members saying otherwise must be “barking mad.”

I expect he wished he hadn’t said those things when the polling showed most people are able to figure out when there’s a bad smell under their nose.  Now he had to assign someone to review our foreign trust rules, and putting Ken Whitney in charge of it wouldn’t really be an option.

Fortunately the fuss had died down by the time the review was finished and found that, hey, you know what?  Our foreign trust rules are anything but “world class,” and that, far from offering “full disclosure,” they conceal the identities of the foreigners involved, which means the industry Key’s pal Whitney went to such trouble to defend is quite likely providing vehicles for criminal activity (not that we have any means of knowing for sure, thanks to Whitney and Key’s sterling efforts to ensure nothing so inconvenient as good governance should afflict the country).

I like it when stuff like this comes out, because it highlights what a bunch of shitweasels the country’s ruling class actually consists of, but at the same time, it’s depressing to think about how much of it we never actually find out about.

Written by Psycho Milt

July 3, 2016 at 6:16 pm

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How To Really Upset Leftoids

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If only I knew how to do a reverse hack and send the following briefing notes to every Labour and Greens member in NZ.   Almost as good as telling them the Key dynasty will govern NZ for the next twenty-five years.

Good afternoon
At 2pm tomorrow, Finance Minister Bill English will be delivering the National-led Government’s eighth Budget in Wellington.
Budget 2016 builds on the good progress we’ve made so far. It will focus on investing in a growing economy, supporting our most vulnerable people who need it most, and paying down debt.
Here’s your briefing note ahead of tomorrow’s Budget, with five points you should know:
  1. More than 200,000 jobs have been created over the past three years – that equates to around 180 new jobs every day.
  2. New Zealand has the third highest employment rate in the developed world.
  3. We’re on track for annual economic growth of about 3 per cent for the next few years.
  4. We’re also on track for rising surpluses and falling debt – we were one of the first developed countries to be back in surplus after the global financial crisis when we posted a surplus of $414 million last year.
  5. Budget 2016 will contain $1.6 billion in new spending. We’ve already announced funding for more lifesaving drugs, emergency housing, and to support our thriving tourism sector.
This year’s Budget will further advance our work to support a strong, growing economy. It’s only through a strong, growing economy that we’re able to create more jobs, lift wages and deliver better public services to those who need them most.

Written by adolffinkensen

May 25, 2016 at 3:09 am

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Spot The Difference

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John Key and National go in to bat for hard working Kiwis who need a hand while Andree Little, Kelvin Davis and Labour go in to bat for Kiwi crims needing a jail sentence.

I’ve met a number of hard working Kiwis here who have struggled mightily because they were unable to receive unemployment benefits upon loss of a job after three or four years.

Congratulations to both John Key and Malcolm Fraser for turning back one of Helen Clark’s worst most unfair decisions.  Like Bill Shorten, she sold out her own people.  That seems to be the Labour/Labor way.

If you thought the ‘dildo’ bounce in the latest Roy  Morgan poll was good stuff, just wait until this deal hits the polls.   Most Kiwis have family members or know someone who is struggling in Aussie.

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February 19, 2016 at 9:09 pm

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If the news as reported by TV1 that the PM has managed to negotiate with Malcolm Turnbull a pathway for NZ citizens who have lived in Australia for five years or more to become Australian citizens is correct … then he deserves our congratulations.

As with any announcement the devil will be in the detail.

Fixing up the mess that Helen Clark created when she rolled over to Australian pressure in 2002.

Well done John Key.

Updated … I see that both David Shearer from Labour and Kennedy Graham from the Greens have acknowledged Key for a job well done.   That won’t have done them any favours with their respective Party leaders.

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February 19, 2016 at 1:31 am