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I Did It All For You – secret recording captures Key’s flag referendum heartbreak

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Breaking News: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s real feelings about losing that country’s recent flag referendum have been inadvertently captured on tape by a local freelance cameraman.

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Breaking News: New Zealand Prime Minister John Key’s real feelings about losing that country’s recent flag referendum have been inadvertently captured on tape by a local freelance cameraman.

Moments before Thursday night’s press conference, the cameraman accidentally dropped a camera bag containing a tape recorder outside the briefing room. The device then recorded Key’s remarks immediately prior to his entrance to give a rehearsed concession speech.

“The real losers here are the people of New Zealand.” Key is heard to say.

“I’m getting on a private jet to Washington, so what do I care? I’ve got places to go and people to see. And you want to talk about legacy? I’ve got over $50 million in the bank and a knighthood in the bag, so I mean, really, at the end of the day, you tell me who the losers are? If those rent-a-referendum wankers don’t want a new flag, that’s fine by me, they can just fuck right off back to the Palmerston North RSA or wherever. I mean, good luck with that! Losers! Fuck them! Fuck them all, actually.”

The tape then goes on to record a telephone conversation, apparently with ex-All Black captain Richie McCaw. An audibly emotional Key thanks McCaw for his support but then completely breaks down.

“Richie, I know we lost and I know you and me have always been about winning but I love you, Richie, I’ve always loved you. I did it all for you.” Key is heard to sob before the tape ends.

– Dissociated Press.

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  1. elle says:

    great imagination!

  2. Mosa says:

    We’re used to lies and bullshit and where Keys concerned people would take those comments for real
    Shame it wasn’t

  3. Brian F says:

    The whiter feather (aka silver fern) was waved and JK got a beating, saw stars and woke up the next morning all black and blue!
    And, like all losers, tried to say it wasn’t his fault!
    Yeah right!

  4. Grant says:

    That is very very funny!!

  5. Grant says:

    He began his speech sounding like the character Lauren Cooper from the Catherine Tate Show.
    “Am I bothered?
    Am I bothered though?
    Look at my face!
    Is it bothered?
    Ask me if I’m bothered!
    Look , face, bothered??
    I ain’t bothered!

  6. Colin Dickson says:

    lol worthy 🙂

  7. CLEANGREEN says:

    Yes Simon Legal case against him for this is pending now.

    This accidental recording of a recording of PM Key assaulting us all that voted against the flag change should now be given to a legal representative like Graham McCready who in 2014 has already placed a private prosecution against PM Key.

    If not Graham surely there are any amount of sharp Opposition lawyers also around to mount a class action defamation case against PM Key for his deliberate offensive character assassination of us honourable members of the NZ Public or the at least the 1.2 million of us anyway that voted down his flag.


    quote from the link above; “In July 2014, McCready filed a private prosecution in Auckland’s District Court. Court documents name 10 defendants and 22 proposed charges. The defendants include Prime Minister John Key, as well as four police officers including Detective Inspector Mark Benefield, a QC, and a judicial officer.[12]”

    This should be certainly be in a class action lawsuit because it will grow in size.

    I will sign up as I am personally very hurt psychologically & insulted by the Prime Ministers careless abuse of my integrity & this has damaged both me & my family’s dignity.

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  8. dotti says:

    Quite so ,
    I need to be adored,
    sob sob.

  9. tom says:

    Ha ha ha …………. John the Con ………… sometimes I think the last 7 years have just been a practical joke ……… then I remember a third of kids would like to kick his ass…….. not to mention the working poor etc etc …….. piss off little johny and take your bullshit flag with you.

  10. Yeh Nah Simon.. Don’t believe Key has any to cry ability..
    Nice satire though.. Was that a knock on the door of the cameraman I heard?

  11. Beatty says:

    And it was said that New Zealanders could not do satire.

  12. Shona says:

    Thanks Simon I needed a good giggle.There’s something about painting the house on a beautifully fine Easter Weekend that is really depressing.

  13. Honekaiparaoa says:

    True Dickensian form….. Great Expectations

  14. millsy says:

    In the words of the great Homer J Simpson – “Its so funny cos it’s true”

  15. Blake says:

    Thanks Simon – plan to post this off to many. Deserves to go viral.
    Just shows , yet again , what a tosser John Key really is.
    ” Low life ” is not strong enough to describe his lack of ethics and massive ego. Winning, winning – its all about money and winning for donkey.
    How asleep and unaware is Richie ? ? ? Thought he was a bit more on to it.

  16. LizGunn says:

    Lovely sardonic wit Simon . You should write for The New Yorker ( Borowitz Report ) . X

  17. saveNZ says:

    Probably more likely to be

    “What do you mean we could not BUY the referendum!! I want my flag!! Make sure we win next time – I’m off out of this back water hole for some R&R and make sure my popularity rating is up on my return!”

  18. Jeannie says:

    Simon tests gullibility in NZ.

  19. elle says:

    Key has probably taken himself off to Washington to set up the next sting to allow the next part of the sale of NZ.
    When the prosecutions of wealthy bankers and corporates starts they intend coming to NZ as a sanctuary,so Jk has to get ready for them, lots of mortgagee sales of farms, with huge deposits of minerals underground,sold cheaply to JKs friends in USA.

    • CLEANGREEN says:

      1999% ELLE Key is always into underhanded things when he goes abroad!

      As he did when he went secretly to Bilderberg in 2011/12!

      This Bilderberg Group is the most secretive organisation in the world.

      Did he attend there this year or will he without telling us again how he attends secretive elitists plotting conferences,- that no release of what went on are permitted?

      This is Key’s style isn’t it?

      List of Bilderberg participants 4 New Zealand • John Key (2011-2012), Prime Minister of New Zealand


    • Doubting Thomas says:

      Wouldn’t be surprised if he’s off planning the next “diversion”. How about:

      John Palino and his posse in Auckland finding out dirt on other candidates?
      Kim Dotcom – always good for a National feelgood diversion.
      Installing Shane Jones in New Zealand First to help grease the next “coalition/Memorandum of Understanding” in 2017.
      Sshhh – a t*rr^r!st thr+@t.
      A new anthem.
      Chester Borrows.
      A prominent Northlander.
      Fights in prisons again.

      So much distraction, not enough time.

  20. Craig says:

    Palmerston North RSA went broke…

  21. Tom Laing says:

    What a pity he wasn’t as sad with the MMP referendum.

  22. Rae says:

    Here is the hidden symbolism behind Key’s flag

    Black and blue – for the beating National have been giving the ordinary kiwis
    Stars – that you see from taking such a beating
    White feather – for surrender

    We didn’t though, did we?

  23. Damon says:

    That’s it John just Rudi New Zealand Kiwi

  24. Just Me says:

    Some people are born leaders. And some, like John Key, become self-serving, free-loading, opportunistic village idiots who bugger off overseas once the ‘shit hits the fan’ where their ego is cocerned.
    It’s a shame we have a PM supposedly representing NZ who loves the United States more than he loathes NZ.
    Still the guy is only in the job for the income and ego.He deems us NZers as being lesser beings who must be spoken down to and manipulated because he wants to appear as top dog. But in all reality he will happily trot beside Obama like a love-sick puppy.
    There isn’t really any point of a guy who hates us(New Zealand)so much and views us as either mentally deficient or not all that bright because we don’t like HIS flag.

    • Jack Ramaka says:

      I heard he doesn’t even draw his salary from the Government and on the other hand gifts his salary to charity which story is correct?

  25. kappanz says:

    Boohoo. John Oliver is waiting for him!

  26. Gruntie says:

    Don’t give me no ghost flag Key

  27. CLEANGREEN says:



    This is the story of John Key backstabbing Don Brash to become leader of National leading up to 2005 when he arranged with The exclusive Bretheren to tie Brash to circulation of posters.

    He is a nasty piece of work for sure.

    • Coastie says:

      Many years ago Lockwood smith signed a contract on a wall, for all the world to see. He said he would resign if National introduced Student fees. I believe it was university fees he was referring to. SURPRISE, SURPRISE, they INTRODUCED and he DIDN’T RESIGN from parliament. Lockwood is so full of shit himself, he’s in good company.

  28. Lisha says:

    Where is the tape or the recording now?

    • Jack Ramaka says:

      How come the Police have not been involved in recovering this recording and laying charges?

  29. Mistress mel says:

    He did it for ‘them.’ That is what he did it for. The elite. The corporation’s that had is his hands tied. Fool. His guilty look is because he is guilty of the oppopsite. He sold us out. The introverse of the meaning. Disney anyone?

  30. Liberty4NZ says:

    Let me guess, when the recording was released, Police raided the freelance cameraman’s house, arrested him and held him on charges they are yet to think of.

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