The meme being run by those pundits in the media savaging Russel Norman’s claim that Key is like Muldoon has been, “How can someone who was 9 years old and in Australia make any comparison. Chortle. Chortle. Guffaw. Guffaw.”
As I pointed out with John Armstrongs attack, the reason many media pundits can’t see Key as Muldoonist is because his divisiveness isn’t being pointed at them. Key points his vicious Muldoonist divisiveness at beneficiaries and those on welfare.
With many of these Journalists in the top tax bracket, they side with and are aligned to such dog whistles and because they don’t see the vicious spite of Key’s welfare reforms, they scoff and laugh at Key as Muldoon.
They don’t see drug tests used to disqualify people from welfare as opposed to aiding them get jobs. They don’t see the tens of thousands disqualified from welfare and the reality that brings about for those people. They don’t understand why food in schools is important. They don’t have State workers asking if their daughter needs contraception.
The media pundits so quick to laugh and mock Russel Norman never see the side of Key he is exposing. The calculating divisiveness of Key is the exact same format as Muldoon but because it’s aimed at a sector the pundits never engage with, they see nothing, they hear nothing, they speak nothing.
The 270 000 children rotting in poverty may never have heard of Muldoon either, but they live with the same fear under Key.