Tag Archives: John Key

Israel beyond rogue state – now a pariah state

The continued invasion of Gaza by the IDF and its systematic destruction from the air has moved well beyond disproportionate to criminal. Yet despite the wanton and calculated destruction of homes, mosques and public infrastructure and the senseless and counterproductive murder of its civilians, western nations including New Zealand remain on the sidelines and essentially mute, issuing […]

Ponzi nation

As we enter the last couple of months before the general election it is worth talking about the unspoken cancer at the heart of New Zealand’s economic system. It seems to be off the election agenda. Sure it is not a purely kiwi disease but there is post GFC a smugness among many New Zealanders […]

John Key – Obsequious sycophant

Has there ever been a more obsequious New Zealand Prime Minister than John Key? Far from his reputation as the “smiling assassin” there seems no end to how far he will go to ingratiate and prostrate himself with the US President or his Secretary of State. To be fair he has history. As a new […]

Is David Cunliffe a National Party plant? You’d think so!

Our leading politicians are morons or so arrogant that they don’t expect journalists to follow up a lead with a Official Information Act request. First National and now Labour have been caught out with cash for access deals with the same dubious character, Chinese “businessman” Donghua Lui. These latest revelations will only confirm once and for […]

Housing Crisis? Affordability Crisis more like

The “Housing Crisis” is somewhat of a misnomer. What New Zealand, and Auckland in particular has is not a shortage of dwellings but a lack of affordable housing, and two main political parties dead set on keeping it that way. For all their talk, Labour does not want to see any price correction for existing […]

sitting at the big table

Oh dear, the Maori Party have hit a new low in their dealings with National. Blinded by their somewhat justified hatred for Labour, they have made an embarrassment of themselves over the asset sales and the issue of Maori water rights. So deluded that they are being taken serious notice of at the big white […]

US navy 1 – national government 0

“Does not subservience and obsequiousness breed contempt?” I said this in a post a couple of days ago in reference to the sycophantic approach of successive New Zealand governments to their dealings with the US. The Key government has taken things to a new level and lo and behold news comes in of the NZ Navy being […]

Framing the political portrait

The cover portrait and Guyon Espiner’s lead story in this weeks Listener raises the issue of framing photography. David White is one of New Zealand’s leading photographers and has done a number of portraits of political figures. His latest ones of John Key are certainly noteworthy for their contrast to the commonly held perception of the Prime […]

The Price of Inequality

A succinct piece by Joseph Stiglitz outlining why the American dream is a myth for the vast majority of Americans. There has also been the same effect in New Zealand though not as extreme. John Key and the National Party remain advocates though of trickle down economics. It might not be so bad if there […]