The bewildering speed of events that simply end in Key shrugging and proclaiming he doesn’t really give a shit is coming think and fast as the Government suddenly appreciate the full spectrum dominance they now enjoy.
Here is Radio NZ reporting that the Government were advised against helping fight poverty even though it would alleviate that poverty. The Government delayed the release of this information for 17 months and it required a complaint to the Ombudsman to gain it.
Govt advised against poverty spending
Officials are recommending the Government not spend any more money fighting poverty, despite believing that would alleviate the problem.
Here is John Key just shrugging off a top level military meeting which he claims is just a normal defence chat when it is in fact a specially convened meeting to discuss attacking ISIS. You can’t have crisis without isis.
Public misled on US talks: Goff
Prime Minister John Key appears to have been misinformed by the Defence Force about the nature of a Washington meeting of the United States-led coalition to defeat Islamic State.
However, Labour’s Phil Goff says Mr Key himself was misleading the public by insisting that New Zealand Chief of Defence Force Lieutenant General Tim Keating was attending a “regular” meeting of defence chiefs – where Islamic State was the only item on the agenda.
PM admits Govt uses delaying tactics
Prime Minister John Key has admitted the Government sometimes delays releasing official information right up to the deadline if it is in its best interest to do so.
Legally, it must respond to requests as soon as reasonably possible.
Mr Key’s admission comes just days after the release of official advice on child poverty which Radio New Zealand requested 17 months ago.
Mr Key has always maintained that when it comes to requests for official information, his ministers act within the law.
But he has now revealed a strategy which appears at odds with that.
“Sometimes we wait the 20 days because, in the end, Government might take the view that’s in our best interest to do that,” he said.
Legally, ministers and government departments must respond to a request as soon as reasonably possible and no later than 20 working days.
Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem said they were not allowed to delay right up to that 20-day deadline for political purposes.
“It’s pretty clear. It couldn’t be much clearer than that… As soon as you have made a decision as to whether you’re going to respond to the request or how you’re going to respond to it, you ought to convey that.”
So within 48 hours, Key’s Government tried to hide that solving child poverty required actual money for 17 months, Key’s lying straight to the country about military planning for IS and just tells NZ that his Government actively abuses power by denying information for as long as he can, despite the law stipulating the Government has to release the information as soon as reasonably possible.
Key just doesn’t give a shit, NZers gave him a phenomenal political victory, and 100 000 people marching down Queen street wouldn’t change a thing . He’s not answerable to anyone for another 3 years. It’s going to be a very, very, very long 3 years.
This is the kind of deceitful, manipulative and obtuse leader NZers just flocked to re-elect with a larger majority.
Dirty Politics didn’t just win, it now rules.