The glee with which some in the media and the Right seized upon Metiria’s slip of the tongue in Parliament last week was tedious.
Locked in a debate with John Key over child poverty, Metiria said…
“23 per cent on average and up to 90 per cent of kids in schools are going without lunch”.
…she meant to say…
that of the schools KidsCan worked with, on average 23 per cent of children turned up without lunch and at least one school had 90 per cent of their children going without.
…Key’s need to denigrate Metiria for this slip of the tongue highlights the mentality of our spoilt and privileged Prime Minister. Key may have grown up in a State House during the gold plated era of social welfare in the 50s and 60s but any insight has been replaced with contempt.
The reality is almost a quarter of our kids are turning up to school hungry, to attack Metiria and silence her point by seizing on a slip of the tongue is a disgraceful way to ignore and avoid those kids living in poverty. Key would prefer to shame Metiria than actually do anything for hungry children, playing politics is more important to Key than the plight of the less fortunate in his own country.
To write off Metiria’s life long concern for the poor when this Prime Minister has lied and led the most politically corrupt regime in modern NZ history is as outrageous as Key irresponsibly labelling the milk threat as ‘Eco Terrorism’ and as sickening as Key promising not to reinvade Iraq before the election and changing his mind after winning it.
This PM who told the NZ public that the GCSB were not engaging in mass surveillance when Snowden and Hager and Greenwald and Fisher and Nippert have proven they do. Key even said he’d resign if it was found out that they engage in mass surveillance
This is the PM whose Office colluded with the SIS to frame and smear Phil Goff in the run up to the 2011 election. This is a PM who has used deceptive tactics and dirty politics to further the agenda of the wealthy.
This is Reddit’s top 150 lies by John Key…
1 John Key claimed that he didn’t know about the Exclusive Brethren tactics. False.
2 John Key claimed that he didn’t have Tranz Rail Shares. False.
- He actually said he had between 25k – 50k shares, but after a journalist discovered his family trust had also bought some, he changed it to 100k. Still dodgy, but not quite claiming he didn’t have any.
- Herald: Key accused of lying over Tranz Rail shares
3 John Key claimed that he didn’t own a vineyard. False
4 John Key claimed that he voted to keep the drinking age at 20. False.
5 John Key claimed that he didn’t know about the renewal of the BMW contract in 2011. False.
6 John Key claimed the wage gap between New Zealand and Australia had closed under the National government. False.
7 John Key claimed that his office had no involvement with the SkyCity deal. False.
8 John Key claimed that the Sky City deal will provide 1000 construction jobs and 800 casino jobs. False.
9 John Key claimed that all five bidders for the convention centre were treated equally. False.
10 John Key claimed that Solid Energy asked the government for a $1 billion capital investment. False.
11 John Key claimed that the 2011 Budget would create in the order of 170,000 jobs. False.
12 John Key claimed that NZ SAS soldiers were not involved in the Kabul Hotel gunfight. False.
13 John Key claimed that Iain Rennie recommended Ian Fletcher for the GCSB job. False.
14 John Key claimed that he hadn’t seen Ian Fletcher in a long time. False.
15 John Key claimed GCSB law wouldn’t allow for mass surveillance. False.
16 John Key claimed that the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom was an isolated incident. False.
17 John Key claimed that the bulk of New Zealanders earn between $45,000 and $75,000 a year. False.
- According to Statistics New Zealand’s New Zealand Income Survey results for the June 2010 the median income (the amount which half the people in the country earn below) was $529 per week, which equates to $27508 per year.
18 John Key claimed that he is honest and upfront. False – see above.
19 Video of John Key on the campaign trail in 2008 ruling out a rise in GST if he won the election. False
21 update 10/07/2014, “National promised in its 2011 election manifesto all state houses which could be practically insulated would be.” False
‘In answer to written questions this week, Housing Minister Nick Smith said of the 30 percent of the 68,000 houses under Housing New Zealand’s management had not been insulated.”
22 More GCSB – at least Key’s pal is in charge now…
“The spymaster who initially cleared the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) of illegally snooping on Kim Dotcom was also directly involved in seeking the suppression order signed by Bill English as Acting Prime Minister.”
The Herald has learned former chief legal adviser Hugh Wolfensohn was involved in arranging the once-in-a-decade certificate which sought to bury the scandal.
The Prime Minister confirmed yesterday for the first time it was Mr Wolfensohn’s advice that quelled GCSB and police fears they had illegally spied on Mr Dotcom and his co-accused Bram van der Kolk.
He told Parliament: “The best of the legal advice presented by Hugh Wolfensohn was that it was legal. As we now know, GCSB and Mr Wolfensohn were wrong.*
Mr Wolfensohn no longer works at the bureau after being placed on “gardening leave”. A spokesman for the GCSB said of Mr Wolfensohn’s advice: “With hindsight, we know it wasn’t right.“
24 “Gerry Brownlee breaches airport security rules”. Every other National MP that has broken much less serious rules (and got caught) has been removed from their position. Hypocrisy
- Using the exit door jokes, optional.
25 Genesis energy asset sales will be predominantly ‘mum and dad’ buyers. False.
“A controversial American couple are the biggest investors in recently floated Genesis Energy – sparking angry claims the Government has been caught out “screwing the scrum” against mum and dad Kiwi buyers.”
26 “The good news was I was having dinner with Ngāti Porou, as opposed to their neighbouring Iwi ,which was Tuhoi, in which case I would have been dinner” (audio)
You can find the rest here.
Metiria’s slip of the tongue is preferable to Key’s forked tongue any day of the week.
While Key point scores, quarter of our kids live in poverty.