Newly released papers raise fresh questions over Prime Minister John Key’s claim that Solid Energy asked for $1 billion of taxpayers’ money to fund its transformation into a massive resources company.
Key made the claim earlier this year when it was revealed the state-owned coal miner was on the verge of collapse under the weight of almost $400 million in debt.
Former chairman John Palmer, who approached the Government with the plan in 2010, denied asking for the money but later said he understood why Mr Key might have said the proposal involved “those sorts of costs”.
But Solid Energy documents released by Treasury yesterday detailing the proposal contain noreference to a request for the money.
Isn’t it funny? If Helen Clark had lied about Solid Energy asking for an extra billion as it drowned in its own incompetence due in part to her weak oversight, the NZ Herald would be calling for out right revolution, Key lies through his teeth and it’s a small story given less importance than a story about a British woman who complains she is too beautiful to be employed, some bullshit story about rugby and Murray McCully sucking up to America…
…the mainstream media are so biased that if Key beat up a kid live on TV, the NZ Herald would write an editorial blaming the child.
Key brain faded about Solid Energy asking for a billion, he brain faded about not knowing anything about Kim Dotcom, he brain faded about his own shares in companies, he brain faded over GCSB, he brain faded over calling his mate about the top spy job, and he brain faded about telling us all they were old school friends. He gets away with it because his vested interests are the same as the corporate media who report on him.
When Seven Sharp and the NZ Herald are the benchmarks of journalism in NZ, it is no wonder the uninformed population overwhelmingly support National.