As the mainstream media go into collective shock as their Political Master announces his resignation, many of his corporate media pundits are quickly painting his 8 years in power as some of NZs greatest years.
Let’s call bullshit on this rose tinted attempt to whitewash Key’s legacy.
Firstly, no one yet knows why Key is making this shock resignation. He’s given his colleagues a weeks notice and has walked off. Let’s wait and see what drops around the middle of next year to fully appreciate what’s happening right now before we start accepting a varnished history.
Secondly, middle class corporate pundits who never faced the harsh end of his draconian welfare reforms have any validity in lauding Key.
- Key’s leadership saw 300 000 kids in poverty.
- Key’s leadership saw us back involved in the Iraq war.
- Key’s leadership nearly brought in the TPPA.
- Key’s leadership saw 41 000 homeless.
- Key’s leadership saw 560 suicides per year.
- Key’s leadership saw mass migration scams.
- Key’s leadership saw Helen Kelly live out the rest of her life as a criminal because he refused to move on medical cannabis.
- Key’s leadership saw NZers living in cars.
- Key’s leadership saw tens of thousands thrown off welfare with no where to go.
- Key’s leadership saw one of the worst housing bubbles in NZs history.
- Key’s leadership has seen housing affordability crumble.
- Key’s leadership saw state assets sold off to fund irrigation infrastructure.
- Key’s leadership saw huge increases in state spying powers.
- Key’s leadership saw nothing for stopping climate change.
- Key’s leadership saw 10 000 in prison and the vast expansion of our private prison industry.
- Key’s leadership saw a dirty ops campaign run out of his office.
- Key’s leadership saw his office collude with the SIS to frame Phil Goff in the 2011 election.
- Key’s leadership saw him phone buddies with hate speech merchant Cameron Slater.
Big business, bankers, farmers and property speculators will shed tears at Key leaving, those who have had to bare the brunt of his idealogical beatings won’t.
Key leaves us as he started, a laid back anti-intellectual who made NZers feel secure in their ignorance and cultural insecurity. Remove that branding and the National Party are the same born to rule pricks they’ve always been.
National are in deep trouble now.
By leaving with this shock announcement, Key is doing what Key always did, what’s best for Key.
The Listener, ZB and the NZ Herald will enter a 3month morning period.