Remember when John Armstrong from the NZ Herald called for the resignation of David Cunliffe because Cunliffe couldn’t remember an 11 year old letter in reference to a $100 000 bottle of wine that never existed? Why isn’t the Herald now calling for the PM to resign after his office has been caught red handed using falsely edited information from the Secret Intelligence Service to smear Phil Goff?
The denial and arrogance of Key in Parliament yesterday was breathtaking. Despite being called out by the Inspector General that his office directed and co-ordinated the use of falsely edited ‘evidence’ from the state spy agency to smear a political opponent, Key simply shrugged it off like a petulant child.
So immune is Key after the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind handed him a historic victory, the Prime Minister feels that he can just state directly down the camera that black is white and white is black. Instead of admitting that there were mistakes and that he takes responsibility, he is in total denial. His stance proves my theory that NZers don’t respect intelligence, they respect confidence, because that’s all Key has left now. The tone in his voice that he’s right and everyone else is wrong is the magic dog whistle that appeals to the deep and dark anti-intellectualism of New Zealanders.
Key must resign, it’s as simple as that. Using the state spies to smear political opponents with falsely edited material is as bad as it gets. If Labour or the Greens had been caught doing this, the media would be calling for open rebellion.
This Government is now a corrupt Government and if we accept this behaviour by the Prime Minister’s Office, then we stand for nothing as a democracy.
This same corrupt Government are about to ram through under urgency more surveillance powers by the very same spy agency that has been caught abusing the power they currently have.
Meanwhile, Nicky Hager has his home raided for 10 hours by 5 Policemen and has all his equipment seized.
If you’re not angry yet, you’re not paying attention.