What’s been revealed today by David Fisher is truly extraordinary…
Prime Minister John Key was the star guest at a private fundraising lunch for the Change the Flag lobby group in a last-ditch bid to raise cash from wealthy Chinese donors who supported a flag change.
The exclusive meeting with no more than six donors took place in a private room of an Auckland Chinese restaurant. Other guests included National Party president Peter Goodfellow, Cabinet minister Nikki Kaye and National MP Dr Jian Yang.
Funds raised at the February 18 lunch allowed the lobby group to fund a last-minute push for votes, including a pamphlet to 500,000 homes just days before voting started on March 3.
After all the mainstream media pundits claimed Key was not hurt politically by the loss of his vanity project.
After Key pretended he didn’t care and tried to claim it wasn’t his vanity project.
After Key was beaten, we now find out that Key WAS involved heavily with the flag change and that his secret meeting with Chinese donors was to get the money to fund a last minute 500 000 pamphlet drop.
This is outrageous.
Key’s lied about how involved he was in the flag project.
Key’s meeting Chinese donors in secret to make decisions about our flag that have not been made public. The Chinese may well hate the Union Jack, but trying to influence what happens on New Zealand’s flag is interference in our domestic affairs.
This latest outbreak of political pus comes in the wake of the smell of infection that has surrounded NZ from the Panama Papers. We have become a Tax Haven generating money for Lawyers and allowing organised crime and the wealthy elites avoid scrutiny. All of this has erupted under Key’s watch despite being specifically warned several times over several years that he was trading our reputation for the benefit of the 1%.
A lot of people seemed to think Kim Dotcom was trying to buy an election in 2014 and turned against him for that. Kim wasn’t trying to buy an election, he was a rich man wronged and he wanted to hurt Key. Using personal appearances to fund a political pet project that would rebrand our entire country using money from rich foreign interests is however the very power of wealth that buys elections.
I don’t think this latest evidence of abuse of political power by Key will be so easily shrugged off.
It’s not because it’s the most compelling evidence of his abuses of power. The mass surveillance lies, the Dirty Politics scandal, the ramming through of Parliament laws he wants all of these and so many more are stronger evidence, but this people can grasp.
People loved their flag, and knowing Key met to secretly fund a campaign to get rid of it even in the last dying moments of the campaign will insult many and nothing moves polls like a voter scorned.