435 lies by John Key

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1.I promise to always be honest
2.I will not be hiring Crosby/Textor
3.The Government I lead will be a Government of good standards.
4.we are not going to sack public servants, the attrition rate will reduce costs
5.we are not going to cut working for families
6.I firmly believe in climate change and always have
7.We seek a 50% reduction in New Zealand’s carbon-equivalent net emissions, as compared to 1990 levels, by 2050. 50 by 50. We will write the target into law.
8.National Ltd™ will provide a consistent incentive for both biofuel and biodiesel by exempting them from excise tax or road user charges
9.National Ltd™ will increase the number of front line police officers by 600 before the end of 2011
10.there is no truth in Nicky Hager’s book “The Hollowmen”
11.I didn’t know about The Bretheren election tactics
12.If they came to us now with that proposal [re trans-Tasman Therapeutic Goods regime], we will sign it
13.I can’t remember my position on the 1981 Springbok Tour
14. Tranzrail shares
15.I did not mislead the House (1)
16. Lord Ashcroft
17.National Ltd™ would not have sent troops into Iraq
18.Standard & Poors credit downgrade
19.the double-down grade doesn’t really matter and its only about private sector debt
20.I did not mislead the House (2)
21.I didn’t say I want wages to drop
22.I can’t remember why I voted against increasing the minimum wage
23.lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour will increase unemployment
24.the real rate of inflation is 3.3 percent.
25.the tourism sector has not lost 7,000 jobs
26.no I have never heard of Whitechapel
27.I won’t raise GST
28.people who are on the average wage and have a child are $48 a week better off after the rise in GST
29.the purchase of farmland, by overseas buyers will be limited to ten farms per purchase
30.the Pike River Mine was consented to under a Labour Government
31.no promises were made to get the remains of the miners out of the Pike River mine
32.I did not provide a view on the safety of the Pike River coalmine
33.I did not mislead the House (3)
34.capping, not cutting the public service
35.raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour will cost 6000 jobs
36.north of $50 a week
37.privatisation won’t significantly help the economy
38.wave goodbye to higher taxes, not your loved ones
39.I never offered Brash a diplomatic job in London
40.Tariana Turia is “totally fine” with the Tuhoe Treaty Claim deal
41.Kiwisaver
42.National Ltd™ is not going to radically reorganise the structure of the public sector
43.tax cuts won’t require additional borrowing
44.New Zealand does not have a debt problem
45.New Zealand troops in Afghanistan will only be involved in training, not fighting
46.the wage gap between New Zealand and Australia has closed under my National Ltd™ government
47.It took 9 years for Labour to make a complete and utter mess of the economy
48.National Ltd™ has changed the Overseas Investment Act to include 19 different criteria
49.the price of goods and services has risen by 6 percent since the last election, while the after-tax average wage has actually gone up by 16 percent
50.no, although its a week ago and here I am being interviewed on television about them, I havn’t seen Gerry Brownlee’s comments regarding demolitions in Christchurch and which caused such outrage, but I can talk all about them
51.our SAS soldiers were not involved in the Kabul Hotel gunfight
52.the use of the Vela brother’s helicopter was required so I could attend meetings relating to national/international security concerns
53.the DPS makes the decision about accompanying the Prime Minister or not, I had no choice but to take them on holiday to Hawaii
54.I did not mislead the House (4)
55.oh, maybe our SAS soldiers were in the Kabul hotel gun fight but they weren’t wounded by friendly fire
56.New Zealand has lost $12 billion from GDP due to the Christchurch earthquake . . . oh, it might actually be around $15 billion from GDP due to the Christchurch earthquake . . . Blinglish said what?
57.10,000 houses will have to be demolished in Christchurch due to the earthquake
58.14,000 new apprentices will start training over the next five years, over and above the number previously forecast
59.our amendments to the ETS ensure we will continue to do our fair share internationally
60.we are committed to honouring our Kyoto Protocol obligations
61.any changes to the ETS will be fiscally neutral
62.New Zealand has grown for eight of the last nine quarters”
63.National Ltd™ will tender out the government banking contract
64.we will be back in surplus by 2014-15
65.Nicky Hager’s book “Other People’s Wars” is a work of fiction
66.unemployment is starting to fall
67.we have created 60,000 jobs
68.we have created 45,000 jobs
69.the 2011 Budget will create in the order of 170,000 jobs
70.I don’t know if I own a vineyard
71.no, I did not mislead the House (5)
72.the Isreali spy killed in the Christchurch quake had “only one” passport
73.the Police will not need to make savings by losing jobs
74.I voted to keep the drinking age at 20
75.New Zealand is 100% Pure
76.I’ve been prime minister for four years, and it’s really 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year
77.baseball in New Zealand is attracting more government support
78.the decision to buy brand new BMWs was made by the Department of Internal Affairs without reference either to their minister or to me
79.I didn’t have a clue that Ministerial Services, which I am in charge of, was going to buy brand new BMWs
80.even though four of my ministers knew all about it, I didn’t have a clue that brand new BMWs were being bought.
81.even though my Chief of Staff met with officials to discuss purchase of the the brand new BMWs, I didn’t have a clue
82.even though I personally signed papers discussing the matter, I still didn’t have a clue
83.Labour forced us into buying the brand new BMWs, its their fault
84.ummm, look, sorry about that BMW thing , it was because I was so upset
85.I did not describe David Beckam as thick as batshit
86.I did not mislead the House (6)
87.the public demanded that we change the labour laws for The Hobbit
88.“The Hobbit” created 3000 new jobs
89.we have delivered 800 extra doctors in the public service
90.I did not mislead the House (7)
91.I wasn’t working at Elders when the sham foreign exchange deals took place
92.I was starting School Certificate exams in 1978
93.I don’t know who arrived on the CIA jet to visit the spies I am responsible for
94.reducing barriers to property developers will increase the availability of affordable housing
95.Labour left the economy in poor shape
96.forecasts show unemployment will fall
97.we have closed the wage gap with Australia by $27
98.Ngati Porou and Whanau Apanui are not opposed to mining
99.I have not had any meetings with Media Works
100.our [NZ’s] terms of trade remain high
101.the TPPA is an example of democracy
102.the TPPA will still have to be ratified by Parliament
103.National Ltd™ will use the proceeds of state asset sales to invest in other public assets, like schools and hospitals
104.New Zealand troops will be out of Afghanistan by April 2013
105.overseas investment in New Zealand adds to what New Zealanders can invest on their own
106.overseas investment in New Zealand creates jobs, boosts incomes, and helps the economy grow
107.National Ltd™ will build 2000 houses over the next two years
108.there are only 4 New Zealand SAS soldiers in Bamiyan and all working in the area of logistics and planning only
109.selling state assets will give cash equity to those companies
110.the Sky City deal will provide 1000 construction jobs and 800 casino jobs
111.all five bidders for the convention centre were treated equally
112.my office has had no correspondence, no discussions, no involvement with the Sky City deal
113.I did not mislead the House (8)
114.I can’t remember what was discussed at my meeting with the SkyCity Chief Executive on 14 May 2009
115.I have no record of the 12 November 2009 email from Treasury advising that the SkyCity deal was dodgy and needed to be referred to the Auditor General
116.there was nothing improper about the Sky City deal
117.SkyCity will only get “a few more” pokie machines at the margins
118.any changes to gambling regulations will be subject to a full public submission process
119.Sky City has approached TVNZ about the purchase/use of government-owned land
120.I did not mislead the House (9)
121.this government has been very transparent about all its dealings with SkyCity
122.I did not mislead the House (10)
123.the Auditor General has fully vindicated National over the Sky City deal
124.I did not mislead the House (11)
125.the Deputy Auditor General supports the view that there was nothing inappropriate about the Sky City deal
126.I did not mislead the House (12)
127.I did not breach the confidentiality of the Auditor General’s Report into the Sky City deal
128.the Labour Government did exactly the same sort of deal back in 2001
129.Labour has promised to not revoke the Sky City legislation
130.the construction of the new SkyCity convention centre will not cost taxpayers or ratepayers a cent with SkyCity meeting the full project costs in return for some concessions from the Government
131.there’s a 50/50 chance the Hobbit is going off shore unless we do something
132.David Shearer has signed up for the purchase of shares in Mighty River
133.Solid Energy asked the government for a $1 billion capital investment
134.National will not be using $100 million from the sale of Mighty River Power shares to bail out Solid Energy
135.fracking has been going safely on in Taranaki for the past 30 years without any issues
136.no frontline positions will be lost at DOC
137.Iain Rennie came to me and recommended Fletcher for the GCSB job
138.I told Cabinet that I knew Ian Fletcher
139.I forgot that after I scrapped the shortlist for GCSB job I phoned a life-long friend to tell him to apply for the position
140.I told Iain Rennie I would contact Fletcher
141.I haven’t seen Ian Fletcher in a long time.
142.I did not mislead the House (13)
143.I have no reason to doubt at this stage that Peter Dunne did not leak the GCSB report
144.I called directory service to get Ian Fletcher’s number
145.the new legislation narrows the scope of the GCSB
146.the GCSB has been prevented from carrying out its functions because of the law governing its functions
147.because the opposition is opposed the GCSB law amendments, parliamentary urgency is required
148.the increasing number of cyber intrusions which I can’t detail or discuss prove that the GCSB laws need to be extended to protect private enterprise
149.it was always the intent of the GCSB Act to be able to spy on New Zealanders on behalf of the SIS and police
150.National Ltd™ is not explanding the activities of the GCSB with this new law
151.cyber terrorists have attempted to gain access to information about weapons of mass destruction held on New Zealand computers
152.the law which says the GCSB cannot spy on New Zealanders is not clear
153.it totally incorrect that the Government effectively through GCSB will be able to wholesale spy on New Zealanders
154.we self identified that there was a problem with the GCSB spying on Kim Dotcom
155.the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom was an isolated incident
156.The advice I have had in 4 years as a Minister is that in no way ever has there been an indication of unlawful spying
157.the Ministerial Warrant signed by Bill English did not cover anything up
158.I wasn’t briefed about the raid on Kim Dotcom’s home.
159.first I heard I heard about Kim Dotcom was on 19 January 2012
160.first I heard about the illegal spying on Kim Dotcom was in 17 September 2012
161.I did not mislead the House (14)
162.I won’t be discussing Kim Dotcom during my Hollywood visit.
163.The Human Rights Commission couldn’t get its submission on the GCSB legislation in on time.
164.it would cost too much to for the police and SIS to carry out the spying on New Zealanders that this new legislation will permit
165.critics of the GCSB legislation, including the Law Society, the Human Rights Commission, and the Privacy Commission, are all uninformed
166.no, I did not mislead the House (15)
167.I do not know how Mr Henry is conducting the Inquiry
168.no, I did not mislead the House (16)
169.the Henry Inquiry had permission to view Ministers’ emails
170.no, I did not mislead the House (??)
171.we do not spy on journalists
172.the passing of phone records to the Henry Inquiry was an error on the part of a contractor
173.I wasn’t aware that my own Chief of Staff was instructing Parliamentary Services to hand over information concerning journalist Andrea Vance
174.National Ltd™ has never tried to impinge on the role of the media
175.I had nothing to do with information on a journalist being handed over to the inquiry into the leaking of the GCSB report
176.the terms of the inquiry made it clear to everyone that it was only the phone records of parliamentary staff and ministers that were to be provided
177.I have the utmost respect for the media and the role it plays in New Zealand’s democracy
178.the Henry Inquiry did not access a journalist’s building-access records
179.the Henry Inquiry did not ask for phone and email records
180.no, I did not mislead the House (17)
181.the Greens are opposed to the GCSB and the SIS even existing
182.the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because there are al-Qaeda terrorists in New Zealand
183.the GCSB is not sharing meta-data with the NSA
184.John Minto is in the Green Party
185.the GCSB needs to spy on New Zealanders because of the terrorist threat, even though official reports released over my signature say there is no risk and the SIS has the matter in hand
186.the GCSB Bill does not give the GCSB the power to look at the content of communications as part of its cyber-security functions
187.no, I did not mislead the House (18)
188.Edward Snowden hacked into the NSA data base to obtain the documents which show details of the GCSB setting up a mass surveillance system
189.I will release documents which show that an operation to provide mass surveillance data only ever made it to the business plan stage.
190.Ummm . . . now that people are paying attention, the programme got underway but I stopped in in March 2013 or, askshully, it might have been September 2013.
191.Kim Dotcom is paying Glenn Greenwald to come to New Zealand
192.There’s no ambiguity. No middle ground. I’m right and Glenn Greenwald is wrong,
193.I’ll resign if the GCSB conducts mass surveillance
194.there never has been any mass surveillance and New Zealand has not gathered mass information and provided it to international agencies.
195.The GCSB does not have the physical capability to carry out mass surveillance
196.New Zealand has not gathered mass information and provided it to international agencies.”
197.there will be no mining on Conservation land in the Corromandel
198.no, I did not say we would follow the US and Australia into a war against North Korea
199.New Zealand has an arrangement to have asylum seekers processed in Australian detention camps
200.I did not mislead the house (19)
201.I paid for that lunch and I’ve got the credit card bill to prove it
202.I am honest and upfront
203.the only way net new jobs can be created is by private investors putting their money into businesses in New Zealand
204.you can’t hide if yuu’re Prime Minister
205.an increase in the number of people looking for work indicates that confidence is returning to the economy
206.the 10 percent of taxpayers in New Zealand who are the top earners pay 76 percent of all net personal tax.
207.I did not mislead the House (20)
208.Aaron Gilmour was one of a number of people in a group who were badly behaved
209.the substantial wage growth under Labour was eroded by inflation
210.National Ltd™’s 2010 tax changes were fiscally neutral
211.I did not mislead the House (21)
212.the bulk of New Zealanders earn between $45,000 and $75,000 a year
213.Pike River Coal did not put profits and its production ahead of the safety and lives of those 29 workers.
214.Radio Live had sought advice from the Electoral Commission about my show just before the election
215.it is because of National Ltd™’s policies that the price of fresh fruit and vegetables has dropped.
216.the length-of-the-country cycleway will create 4000 jobs.
217.police training for next year has not been cancelled
218.National Ltd™ has only cut back-office jobs in the health service
219.The Crown’s dividend stream from the Meridians, the Mighty Rivers of the world is large and there is no motivation to sell assets; actually we’re about creating assets not selling assets.”
220.National believes employment law should treat all parties fairly. It should . . . Protect employees and employers.
221.I am not trying to tackle such issues in a “fearful” way ahead of the next election
222.Wellington City is dying.
223.National Ltd™ has been working on a number of things with New Zealand First on a number of things one of which has a financial component but I can’t talk about it
224.the best way to get growth in the economy is to reduce public debt
225.New Zealand mum and dad investors will be our number one priority in the allocation of Mighty River shares
226.we won’t let “cowboy” oil exploration companies operate here in New Zealand
227.the Green Party is racist by not allowing Chinese residents in New Zealand to buy a house
228.the Labour Party is promising a four-bedroom house in Auckland for $300,000
229.the food in schools programme is in the 2013 budget
230.the meat exports are being held up in China because of issues in relation to the Chinese looking to trace counterfeit meat
231.its notoriously difficult to win three elections in a row
232.I am deeply concerned about every child in New Zealand who is in poverty
233.there is no manufacturing crisis in New Zealand
234.the government’s exposure to MediaWorks’ going into receivership is reasonably limited
235.the money from the sale of state assets will not be used to prop up Solid Energy
236.I don’t see a place for a Winston Peters-led New Zealand First in a government that I lead. It’s not a matter of political convenience, it’s a matter of political principle.
237.The vast majority of the buildings in Christchurch came through the earthquakes in good shape
238.the commemoration of New Zealand’s involvement in the Korean War will not be used to bolster trade talks
239.third generation Chinese New Zealanders will be required to present their passport before buying a house under the Labour government
240.the Labour housing policy is an attempt by David Shearer to save his leadership
241.the Labour housing policy is in breach of free trade agreements
242.only 2% of the proceeds of the sale of Mighty River will be spent on the sales process
243.David Cunliffe is lying to you
244.Labour wants to nationalise the super market industry
245.The government will engage in no further negotiations with Rio Tinto
246.Without a government subsidy of hundreds of millions of dollars Chorus will go broke
247.No, I did not mislead the House (??)
248.the justice system is already adequate for handling situations involving new evidence
249.my Minister Nick Smith was not aware of the content of the leaked draft submission on the Ruataniwha situation until 17 September
250.New Zealand First will nationalise a host of industries and businesses
251.I have no responsibility for the statements I make
252.Mark Mitchell was just gossiping at a cocktail party when he tipped Webster off about Len Brown’s affair
253.it was a lack of external analysis and accountability which put Solid Energy into its debt crisis
254.the Commerce Commission misinterpreted the law when deciding the price for access to the Chorus copper infrastructure
255.no analyist predicted that the cost of access to the copper infrastructure would go down
256.there has been only one problem with oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico
257.If it was my vote, it would be no pay increases for Mps
258.Greenpeace are just scare mongering about any oil leaks off the New Zealand coast
259.For every election for the last five elections , we have had royal visitors to New Zealand.
260.No decision has been made on the timing of the sale of Air New Zealand shares
261.its not true that in New Zealand the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer
262.This summer is the most active season ever for oil and gas exploration, with the industry spending up to $750 million. At the same time, the Government is strengthening the regulations that govern drilling, particularly in deep water.
263.Labour is trying to mislead people about eligibility for Best Start because they don’t get the payment while they also get paid parental leave.
264.A mountain of evidence shows that the quality of teaching – inside the classroom – is the biggest influence on kids’ achievement
265.Governor General Jerry Mateparae has been jostled while walking onto Te Tii Marae at Waitangi .
266.Cameron Slater, who I speak to regularly and who told me about Winston meeting Kim Dot Com, has got absolutely nothing to do with the National Party.
267.Cameron Slater rang me
268.What I do know is that when this Government came in, there were predictions that unemployment would rise to over 10 percent.
269.The Cabinet Office had cleared Judith Collins of a conflict of interest
270.The golf tournament in which I played the chairman of Oravida was for charity.
271.The Cabinet Office has cleared Collins of a conflict of interest after it translated comments on Oravida’s website which stated that she had praised its products
272.My Justice Minister, Judith Collins, didn’t lie to Parliament, she just didn’t understand the question.
273.The [MFAT] paperwork shows right through this that not only did the Minister have a very busy programme, all on judicial and justice issues, but, secondly, all the way through it talks about a private dinner.
274.No, I did not mislead parliament. (??)
275.No, I did not mislead the House(??)
276.The Unions decide the leadership of the Labour Party and picked David Cunliffe
277.Unions give the Labour Party millions of dollars a year
278.The economic mess inherited by the Abbott government in Australia can be likened to the economic mess inherited by National Ltd™ when it came into office in 2008.
279.National Ltd™ inherited an economic mess from Labour
280.National Ltd™ inherited an economic mess from Labour in 2008
281.No, I did not mislead the House(??)
282.Twelve percent of New Zealand households pay 76 percent of all net tax in New Zealand
283.Natinal Ltd™ ignored the plight of babies living in the poorest famililies because there is other assistance available
284.the Malaysian government declined to waive diplomatic immunity for the man charged with burglary and attempted rape
285.the UN officials visiting down south are focussing on sustainable agriculture
286.I would apologise to the woman if I knew who she was
287.My government has led the charge on the transperancy of MPs’ spending
288.Only 1 percent of New Zealand farm land is in foreign ownership
289.Internet Mana put together the video depicting a burning effigy of me.
290.Under National Ltd™ the prison population has gone down.
291.National Ltd™ has been nowwhere near the Labour party computer system
292.The OIA request to the SIS about Phil Goff’s briefing on the Isreali spies had nothing to do with my office.
293.National Ltd™ talks to the blogs exactly the same way we talk to the MSM
294.The allegations in Nicky Hager’s book are all wrong.
295.Nicky Hager has got nothing to prove any of the allegations.
296.All this stuff in “Dirty Politics” is coming from the left.
297.National Ltd™ is not using blogs as attack sites any more than anyone would do
298.The release of “Dirty Politics” is part of a coordinated attack from the left because it is unable to win the discussion on the issues that matter.
299.Very little of the book “Diry Politics” is about me.
300.Most of the assumptions and allegations made by Nicky Hager in “Dirty Politics” are dissolving before his eyes.
301.All of Nicky Hager’s allegations are unravelling.
302.Nicky Hager didn’t check the facts before publishing “Dirty Politics
303.When National came into office the economy was in tatters.
304.Over the last year an extra 84,000 jobs were created.
305.In our party we believe in supporting families.
306.The Greens have two co-leaders who want to be co-deputy-prime ministers in some kind of bizarre job-sharing experiment.
307.“Internet-Mana put the burning efigy video together
308.No one other than Cameron Slater asked for the SIS document confirming that Phil Goff had been breifed on the Israeli spies in Christchurch.
309.I wasn’t informed that the SIS was going to release the information about the Israeli spies in Christchurch to Cameron Slater.
310.Under Labour, family homes held in a trust will attract the Capital Gains Trust
311.More than 300,000 New Zealanders have their homes held in a trust
312.New Zealand already has a Capital Gains Tax
313.2014 Election
314.There will be no New Zealand military intervention in Iraq, barring an unlikely United Nations Security Council mission
315.There will be no more asset sales
316.David Seymour did not ask for a Ministerial position with the National Party
317.The New Zealand military personnel are just attending a regular ordinary meeting in the United States (x 13 times)
318.New Zealand is not involved in any coalition to fight in the Middle East
319.It is not currently illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group
320.When it comes to requests for official information, my ministers always act within the law.
321.I have never called or texted Cameron Slater in my capacity as Prime Minister
322.No, I did not mislead the House. (??)
323.I did not admit to having abused the OIA process.
324.I did not mislead the House(??)
325.The Gwynn Report into the handling of OIA requests by the SIS completely exonerated me
326.Its not true that the process I put in place for the SIS reporting to me was politicised
327.The review into Judith Collins has got nothing to do with the release of information to Cameron Slater
328.My office had nothing to do with the release of information to Cameron Slater
329.No, I did not mislead the House (??)
330.I can’t remember all the phone texts I exchanged except when I say I can
331.I did not engage in an exchange of text messages with Cameron Slater, I just acknowledged one unsolicited message from him
332.The DPMC head attended the Roger Sutton PR conference because his department is taking over Cera next year.
333.New Zealand was one of the very few countries in the world that were settled peacefully.
334.I was being asked a specific question about the Chisholm report when I said I had had not contact with Cameron Slater
335.No, I did not mislead the House
336.When the particular question was asked there was quite a lot of noise in the house and so I only heard the first bit.
337.I have not been in contact with Cameron Slater ahead of the release of Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn’s report into the SIS’s role in Slater’s 2011 political attack on former Labour Leader Phil Goff.
338.No, I did not mislead the House (??)
339.The number of children in those low decile schools which I have visited who actually require lunch is the odd one or two
340.The Greens are responsible for the rise in income equality within New Zealand
341.I don’t want to overly concern or frighten people about the threat of a terrorist action in New Zealand.
342.Labour is promoting a separatist approach to dealing with the Treaty of Waitangi which could result in Northland becoming an independent republic
343.The owner of Oravida, Stone Shi, won a round of golf with me after he placed the winning bid at a charity auction
344.I didn’t know until late January 2015 that Mike Sabin was facing family issues which may lead to his resignation
345.My meeting with Donghua Liu was not a Cabinet Club meeting, oh, hang on, yes it was, oh, maybe it wasn’t
346.Labour did not seek a Parliamentary vote when sending SAS troops into Afghanistan on a combat mission and didn’t even tell New Zealand they were going
347.When I said “the price of The Club” I meant “The Club” was all the 62 nations in the US-led coalition of troops to fight in Iraq
348.New Zealanders gave National Ltd™ a two year mandate to send troops into Iraq as part of the US-led coalition
349.News about repairing bridges in Northland is just the standard release of policy
350.Nicky Hager and Kim Dotcom prevented National Ltd™ from announcing the decision to upgrade ten bridges in Northland.
351.New Zealand gas emissions have not increased since I became Prime Minister
352.If you think about iTunes, if you download a song and it’s $1.29, there’s no reason the GST shouldn’t apply to that. In reality, GST would be 2 cents
353.The timing of the release of information about GCSB spying on Tim Grocer’s WTO rivals was deliberate and all part of a particular agenda by Nicky Hager and some others
354.Major roading projects and the free trade deal with Korea will be at risk if Winston Peters wins the Northland election
355.It was my office, not the police, which was the first to be told about the 1080 infant formula blackmail threat.
356.There is no housing crisis in Auckland
357.I promise that “metadata” will be defined in legislation
358.You are allowed to use the resources of the officials during an election in terms of what would be Government policy
359.No, I did not mislead the House (??)
360.As long as Simon Bridges didn’t get any policy advice from his officials about developing the “10 bridges for your vote!” bribe, then there’s no possible problem under the Cabinet Manual.
361.Labour did the same thing as Bridges when it used “officials actually in my opinion actually” to get policy advice as they did in the 2008 campaign with deposit guarantees, but they actually maybe they shouldn’t have done it”
362.I assumed that all ten bridges up for double-laning in Northland were justified on a cost benefit analysis
363.Claims the GCSB was planning to hack into a data link run by the Chinese embassy are unproven.
364.When it comes to the GCSB you’ve got a bunch of people who’ve been out there propagating information that’s actually been proven to be incorrect.
365.When I gave her the two bottles of wine, the cafe worker thanked me for that and said ‘that’s all fine, no drama’”.
366.At the Hip Group’s coffee shop we have lots of fun and games, there’s always lots of practical jokes and things.
367.I will talk to the King of Saudi Arabia about women’s rights including the right to vote
368.House prices rose faster under Labour
369.The $1,000 kick-start for new KiwiSaver members will remain as it is now
370.There will be no new taxes
371.Over the next two years we are going to create 150,000 new jobs
372.The average wage will move from $55,000 to $62,000
373.We spent $11.5 million for a Saudi Arabian to set up a farm in order to avoid potential legal claims
374.Andrew Little has been set up by Annette King and Phil Goff
375.The problem requiring the $11.5 million bribe was caused by Labour’s previous Minister of Trade, Phil Goff
376.No, I did not mislead the House (???)
377.I was not aware of any potential legal action by the Saudis involved in the live sheep trade.
378.Labour was looking to make the same sort of deal with the Saudis and knew all about the possibility of legal action.
379.Details in cabinet papers confirming what I’ve said about Labour have been redacted by officials.
380.Signifcantly reducing New Zealand’s green-house gas emissions would be disastrous for the economy
381.We don’t have to give iwi first right of refusal on the Auckland land the government intends for private housing development
382.No decisions have yet been made about future housing developments on specific pieces of land
383.Nick Smith Smith was helpfully providing journalists with a “conceptual” view of the amount of vacant land in Auckland, not necessarily places where houses might be built.
384.Between 3000 and 4000 refugees were welcomed into New Zealand every year once the family reunification scheme was taken into account.
385.New Zealand is sixth in the world when it comes to accepting in UNHCR refugees.
386.Australia takes in 20,000 refugees a year and has been doing so for a long time.(2)
387.Milk is more expensive in the UK than it is in New Zealand
388.Milk powder prices won’t stay down for long
389.Formal advice from the Inland Revenue Department states that the removal of the $1,000 kickstart contribution will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver
390.No, I did not mislead the House (??)
391.I never said that a whole month of Maori language would make people bored.
392.I would never give an answer with “an intention to embarrass someone or make someone upset”
393.Yes, my team of crack ministers are going to give Mr Al-Khalaf $11 million or whatever it is, but he’s putting in $80 million
394.National Ltd™ has been way more transparent than any other Government that’s been around
395.Treasury was consulted about the details of the Saudi sheep farm deal
396.the Saudi sheep farm deal was for the purchase of services, intellectual property, and a network of contacts
397.When asked by Radio New Zealand about what exact services, intellectual property, and contacts New Zealand gained from the deal I answered the questions absolutely but Susie Fergusson didn’t want to hear that the whole issue was Labour’s fault
398.The problem which led up to the Saudi sheep farm deal was caused by Labour.
399.The Saudi sheep farm deal was never about compensation even though I said earlier it was because Labour left the government liable for a claim for compensation
400.Labour misled the Saudi investors about the live sheep trade
401.No, I did not mislead the House. (??)
402.There was no suggestion made to a Saudi businessman that he could sue the New Zealand Government
403.Protesters against TPPA are misinformed and only about one-third of them are genuine
404.There isn’t a single Canadian on this planet who would want to change their flag back to the old one
405.Changing the flag will deliver billions of dollars to the New Zealand economy
406.Maurice Williamson wasn’t acting in his capacity as a member of parliament when he made his series of disgusting jokes
407.My government’s target of reducing 100% Pure Clean Green New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions to 11 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 is not inadequate.
408.New Zealand cannot take any more refugees until we have sorted out the process and had a look at housing stock.
409.National will set up two recreational fishing parks, one in the Haukraki and another in Marlborough sounds
410.If the “Red Peak” design does not get on the ballot paper the sole person responsible for that is Andrew Little
411.New Zealand doesn’t need a policy on dealing with climate change refugees because that’s not an issue we are going to need to deal with in the next year or two
412.“To accept any other flag … we would have to change the law, and we’re not going back to Parliament to change the law.” John Key Sep 7.
413.Assets bought out of the Future Investment Fund will be long-lived, here in New Zealand, and owned by the Crown on behalf of all taxpayers
414.I promise to spend $1 billion on health, $1 billion on schools and $400 million on irrigation from the proceeds of asset sales.
415.As the personal who signs off on sending troops to Iraq I feel very intimately involved with this operation. I take personal responsibility.
416.I did not know about the report into the conditions at Taji prior to my arrival there even though the report was released on 30 September
417.It was the Overseas Investment Office which refused permission for Shanghai Pengxin to buy Lochinver Station
418.My office and I both obey the word and the spirit of the OIA law
419.Labour prefers to protect the interests of rapists and child molesters rather than those of ordinary New Zealanders
420.New Zealand citizens detained on Christmas Island are there voluntarily
421.New Zealanders held on Christmas Island include murderers and rapists
422.“The question about broader detainees.”
423.Australia and New Zealand share common values, including a strong commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.
424.Labour wants to fly the Christmas Island detainees back to NZ’
425.I’ve never been asked to apologise for saying the opposition supports rapists and murderers
426.I’m making sure New Zealanders are protected’
427.With regard to emission from agriculture and our high level of renewable electricity generation, New Zealand faces unique domestic challenges in reducing its emissions,”
428.Judith Collins was completely cleared by an independent inquiry
429.A major contributor to the fact that there are so many children living in poverty is because their parents are using drugs
430.The reason there is poverty in New Zealand is due to people not working
431.The science around climate change predictions is doubtful
432.The TPP has to go through our Parliament has to be ratified by our Parliament and has to bear scrutiny
433.Not a single part of TPP cuts across the Treaty of Waitangi

434. Key tells country that there is no housing crisis

435: Key tells country Salvation Army helped his homeless flying squads – turns out that’s a lie.

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  1. Geeze, that is some list!

    Seems it will be a case of watch this space … more of the same to come.

  2. Everything Key has said could be best summarized in one sentence.

    “I was acting on the information I was given”

    In layman’s terms, ” I’m really just a puppet and can’t think for myself”

  3. Holy mother of Mary !!!

    Where does one start? And each and every one has a story to tell…

    If Key was a Viking… he’d fill the sagas with his infamy… and compete with Loki as the evil messenger of Jotnar…

    In more modern terms… he is an evil, spiteful deceiver of the modern nation state of New Zealand. An underminer that deserves no pity apart from contempt.

    It is time… to cast off this malevolent personage.

    435 lies to the people of this country…

    Where indeed does one start ? ….

    Where … and when does it end ? …

    • It All Stops When the people of this country get of ya asses and vote the national party and this Robotical destroyer out of control of our country. Kia Kaha ! E Tu ! Vote Him And His Lot Out the political door.. the writing was on the WALL when he spat out the first lie.. So be accountable bring on a snap election..!signed Not an Admirer… rofl

  4. Don’t forget that the financial system -creating money out of thin air and charging interest on it- and the economic system -based on infinite growth on a finite planet whilst ignoring depletion of resources and the effects of pollution- are founded on sets of lies, so anyone who promotes current financial-economic paradigms is, by definition a liar (or a fuckwit), and all talk about ‘a better brighter future’ is absolute bollocks.

    There is no question about it, we are being pushed by mendacious maniacs like Key down the path that leads to both environmental collapse and economic collapse. We’re just not sure which will come first.

    Daily CO2

    June 2, 2016: 407.37 ppm
    June 2, 2015: 402.88 ppm

    Up 4.49 ppm (versus the 2005-2014 average of 2.11 ppm)

    and in case anyone missed it:

    ‘The Structure of Collapse: 2016-2019

    Leaders face a no-win dilemma: any change of course will crash the system, but maintaining the current course will also crash the system.

    The end-state of unsustainable systems is collapse. Though collapse may appear to be sudden and chaotic, we can discern key structures that guide the processes of collapse.

    Though the subject is complex enough to justify an entire shelf of books, these six dynamics are sufficient to illuminate the inevitable collapse of the status quo.

    1. Doing more of what has failed spectacularly. The leaders of the status quo inevitably keep doing more of what worked in the past, even when it no longer works…..’

    http://charleshughsmith.blogspot.co.nz/2016/06/the-structure-of-collapse-2016-2019.html

  5. Any of these worthy of adding to the list?

    I did not know about the panama paper incident.

    My lawyer never advised me that he spoke to the minister of revenue to shut down the enquiry into a possible tax avoidance scheme going on in NZ.

    We do not have a tax haven.

    We have laws that stop Tax haven activities.

    I don’t know what my lawyer always does.

    I have not been to any secret Bilderberg group meetings

    We will not spy on all people at random.

    We will not spy on any opposition MP’s any time.

    I will not use our new surveillance changes to spy for the benefit of financial or political gain.

    Our Election process is safe from vote rigging.

    We believe Government investing $100 million in a golf course is a sound investment.

    I will leave government if the political climate gets negative.

    I have never lied.

    We will operate a government process that is open & transparent.

      • Why don’t you go to the original list which has all the links supporting the claims and ask BLiP from the Standard if he is OK with that. Something the Daily Blog should have done. Especially considering the hostility between the two blogs:

        thestandard.org.nz/the-great-big-list-of-john-keys-big-fat-lies-updated/

  6. In regards to the people of Canterbury following the EQs-
    “No one will be worse off”

    And –
    “Today all New Zealanders grieve for you Christchurch. … of the Government, let me be clear that no one will be left to walk this journey alone.”

    Yet, still today, thousands are no further ahead with the rightful compensation in order to repair or rebuild their homes and businesses, neither from their insurers, or Key’s own government agency – EQC.

    • BruceTheMoose says: Key said; “Let me be clear that no one will be left to walk this journey alone.”

      Yes we all should have known then these are words of a real human and Jonkey is subhuman he feels no compassion toward anyone believe it.

      That was a real TRUE BLUE LIE.

  7. Yeh — we trust him about as far as we could throw a car.
    Geez when are the asleep voters going to wake up and smell the deceit.
    Why not send a copy of this list to each and every politician in NZ ?

  8. When Mr Key was asked to give a talk on morals to school children in Chch he said, “Integrity is absolutely crucial, in fact in some regards integrity is everything.”
    Given that this government works for business (under the blanket assumption that what’s good for business is good for society) and that morality has no place in the considerations of business (as the Neo-Liberals informed us years ago) it seems that our confused PM is now working to disadvantage the coming generations by encumbering them with the burden of morality while encouraging the business community to fleece them without mercy, as they can, unfettered by notions of good and bad. No wonder worker exploitation is rife.

    I hope whoever thought to ask him to speak on the subject followed up his talk with something like a selection from the above list of 435 lies, along with a warning not to trust smarminess, and to recognise hypocrisy as they have just witnessed it.

    They probably didn’t.

  9. In his book, ‘The Roaring Nineties: Why We’re Paying The Price For The Greediest Decade in History’, Nobel Loureate Joseph Stiglitz points out that Merrill Lynch was a culture of greed and dishonesty which was what led to its bankruptcy and acquisition by Bank of America. And we made one of them our PM!

  10. and more recently
    “I remember last time I was thrown out of parliament, the same day as Helen Clarke was …” except he wasn’t, it was Don Brash, but hey? when do we believe Key these days?

    • Add Lying Jonkey who swindled another $39 Million from us all in 1992 as a broker for the sale of NZ Rail he sold it to Fay/Richwhite who spun it to Wisconsin Rail for profit as Key made sure the sale from the crown to Fay Richwhite was for a song!!!!!

      John Key actually had thousands of undeclared shares in Tranzrail as he was running for election in 2008 and was challenged soundly by the then Labour Minister of finance Michael Cullen and had to apologise that AGAIN HIS MEMORY FAILED HIM, so that probably puts his total over 450+ lies he has made in his grubby career as agent PM for the Global rich list.
      Here is the details. Extract from Hansard Questions And Answers – Wednesday, 2 July 2008
      Thursday, 3 July 2008, 11:52 am
      Press Release: Office of the Clerk

      the full brief below showed John Key screwed us for $39 Million over the sale of Our rail in 1993 under national!!!!!!!
      QUOTE Winston Peters;

      Rt Hon Winston Peters: Has the Prime Minister received any reports, namely, for example, from Booz Allen and Hamilton, that say that New Zealand Rail was making $36 million in 1993 and was down to make $100 million in 1994; and does she therefore not believe that taxpayers are entitled to some compensation for the 1993 sale of New Zealand Rail by the then National Government to its corrupt mates in Fay Richwhite and a foreign-owned company, Wisconsin Central Transportation?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: The member, like the Labour Party, opposed that sale. But there was one person who fully backed that sale and that was Mr Key, a director of Bankers Trust, which got the contract to advise the New Zealand Government on that sale. That sale was worth $400 million to the New Zealand Government—the National Government—in 1993. In that same year—the 1993 financial year—Bankers Trust, of which Mr Key was a director, pocketed $39 million in profit. Members should ask themselves the question, who benefited from the sale of Tranz Rail? Mr Key and his friends.

      (“Mr Key, a director of Bankers Trust, which got the contract to advise the New Zealand Government on that sale. That sale was worth $400 million to the New Zealand Government—the National Government—in 1993. In that same year—the 1993 financial year—Bankers Trust, of which Mr Key was a director, pocketed $39 million in profit. Members should ask themselves the question, who benefited from the sale of Tranz Rail? Mr Key and his friends.” )

      Questions And Answers – Wednesday, 2 July 2008
      Thursday, 3 July 2008, 11:52 am
      Press Release: Office of the Clerk

      Questions And Answers – Wednesday, 2 July 2008

      1. Rail and Ferry Purchase—Profitability

      1. JOHN KEY (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by her statement, in relation to the Government’s purchase of rail and ferry assets, that “we are not going into this to make money”?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK (Prime Minister) : Yes.

      John Key: What is the Government’s best estimate of its on-going financial return from the purchase of rail and ferry assets?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I do not have that figure available. The member should put it down on notice.

      Tim Barnett: Which lines did Toll threaten to close if it did not get what it wanted in the rail access agreement?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I understand that the services that would have been closed under Toll’s plan B, in response to that situation, included the Overlander passenger service, the central North Island section of the main trunk line from Te Kūiti to Palmerston North, the Northland line, the Taranaki line, the Hawke’s Bay line, the Napier to Gisborne line, the Wairarapa line north of Masterton, Picton to Christchurch freight and passenger services, the Greymouth to Hokitika line, the Invercargill to Bluff line, and the Invercargill to Wairio line. I take it from the reaction of National members that they would love to see all of those lines closed. Labour would not.

      John Key: What was the value of the premium that the Crown paid, as indicated by Dr Cullen yesterday, for the purchase of KiwiRail from Toll Holdings?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I do not have a figure for a value on the premium.

      Rt Hon Winston Peters: Has the Prime Minister received any reports, namely, for example, from Booz Allen and Hamilton, that say that New Zealand Rail was making $36 million in 1993 and was down to make $100 million in 1994; and does she therefore not believe that taxpayers are entitled to some compensation for the 1993 sale of New Zealand Rail by the then National Government to its corrupt mates in Fay Richwhite and a foreign-owned company, Wisconsin Central Transportation?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: The member, like the Labour Party, opposed that sale. But there was one person who fully backed that sale and that Mr Key, a director of Bankers Trust, which got the contract to advise the New Zealand Government on that sale. That sale was worth $400 million to the New Zealand Government—the National Government—in 1993. In that same year—the 1993 financial year—Bankers Trust, of which Mr Key was a director, pocketed $39 million in profit. Members should ask themselves the question, who benefited from the sale of Tranz Rail? Mr Key and his friends.

      was John Key: What is the expected cost of the rolling stock the Crown will need to purchase if it wants to run the assets at the level that it is proposing to the New Zealand public, over the next 5 years?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: The Minister of Finance advised the House yesterday that to keep the rolling stock in its steady state—for example, no improvement—would require an investment of around $80 million a year. He further advises that to actually invest in an improved service—modern container wagons and customer-specific wagons—he estimates will cost around another $300 million over 5 years. That is a very good investment in a sustainable transport system.

      Hon Jim Anderton: Has the Prime Minister received any reports that those in this House who are critical of the purchase of KiwiRail would, if they were in a position to do so, sell KiwiRail if they had that opportunity?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I am sure National would like nothing better than to sell KiwiRail. Indeed, the National Party has opposed KiwiSaver. It has opposed Kiwibank. Now it opposes KiwiRail. What is it about kiwis and the public interest that the National Party hates?

      Rt Hon Winston Peters: Does the Prime Minister have any reports that in October 1992 Fay Richwhite got itself made the financial adviser to New Zealand Rail, and that on 26 April the next year it jumped across the table and said: “Hello, Government; we’re the buyer.”; and can she confirm that Mr Key’s company at the time facilitated that arrangement, which did not go to the market and did not go to tender but was just made with that Government’s corrupt mates in Fay Richwhite?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: My understanding of the facts is the same as the right honourable member’s—that Fay Richwhite did, indeed, jump across the transaction. We know that Mr Key was a director of Bankers Trust, which advised on that sale. We know, furthermore, that in 2002 Mr Key’s family trust bought 30,000 shares in Tranz Rail—

      Hon Members: What?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: —30,000 shares in Tranz Rail. We know, furthermore, that as associate transport spokesperson for the National Party in 2003, Mr Key commented on whether the Government should be buying back the track. We can find no record of Mr Key disclosing his financial interest as a shareholder.

      John Key: Can the Prime Minister confirm her answer from a little earlier that she is saying that Dr Cullen indicated the cost would be $80 million a year and $300 million to bring the rolling stock up; so are we led to believe therefore that the total cost of the rolling stock over 5 years, according to the calculations the Prime Minister has provided to the House, will be $700 million?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: That would be the simple addition of what I indicated the Minister of Finance’s advice was, but the gentleman who is asking the questions has never supported the Government’s buying back of rail. Indeed, Mr Key as associate transport spokesperson while owning shares in Tranz Rail at the time—which he never disclosed, as far as we can see—said publicly that shareholders were telling him they supported Toll’s offer for Tranz Rail over the Government’s offer. Well he would, would he not, because he was a shareholder, yet he purported to be speaking in the public interest as an Opposition associate transport spokesperson.

      Peter Brown: Noting the Prime Minister’s earlier answers to the former director of Bankers Trust, can she confirm that she shares the view of New Zealand First that taxpayer ownership of KiwiRailwill enable the Government to take a more strategic overview of transport in this country and make decisions that are in the best interests of New Zealand, our people, and our social and economic well-being, whereas private owners need only to make decisions that increase profits and satisfy their shareholders, and in this case overseas shareholders?

      Rt Hon Winston Peters: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. The National Party members may be embarrassed, but they should be required to keep quiet while a question is being properly asked about a very key strategic asset—or it used to be, until they sold it. If they are embarrassed, that does not mean that 10 of them are allowed to shout across the House while a question is being asked, so that we cannot even hear even though we sit next to our colleague.

      Madam SPEAKER: I just ask members to keep the level of interjections down so that other members can, in fact, be heard. Would the member please complete his question.

      Peter Brown: Well, I had got to the end of it, but I do not mind asking it again.

      Madam SPEAKER: No, I think the right honourable Prime Minister understood it.

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I absolutely agree with the import of Mr Brown’s question. The fact is that the Government has decided to make a strategic investment in rail rather than pay ever-increasing subsidies to a private company. Bringing this rail company back into public ownership enables investments to be made in the public interest in a sustainable transport system.

      Rodney Hide: Why does the Prime Minister not have sufficient confidence in her policies to stand up in this House and defend them rather than throw the dirt across to the Leader of the National Party; and could she explain to the people of New Zealand why rail is deemed to be so sustainable, when it cannot even cover its costs and she intends to use the taxpayer to put in hundreds of millions of dollars more funding—is that the Labour Party’s definition of sustainable?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: The member misses the point. Taxpayers were up for hundreds of millions of dollars to subsidise Toll. The Government has made a decision that that does not make sense, when the opportunity for ownership is there. I would like to know what “Mr ACT”, Mr Hide, considers is dirt about telling the truth about Mr Key being a director of Bankers Trust when it advised on the privatisation in 1993, when it made a substantial profit of $39 million that year, when Mr Key’s family trust bought shares in Tranz Rail, and when no record can be found of him disclosing that interest when he was commenting on the sale in 1993 on behalf of his party.

      John Key: Can I encourage the Prime Minister to give the right honourable Michael Cullen a call when she leaves the House, when he will probably inform her that he did not actually say it would be $80 million a year for the rolling stock but would be $80 million in total, so the Prime Minister has got that bit wrong; and can we conclude from the rest of the Prime Minister’s answers today that she is actually telling the House that she has no idea of what the return from rail will be, although she is pretty sure it will be negative and therefore will not talk to us about it, that she has no idea of the premium that the Crown paid to Toll Holdings, and that she actually has no idea how the rolling stock will be paid for or how much it will cost—that when it comes to this issue, she has no idea?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: Of course, Mr Key had the opportunity to ask all those questions of the Minister of Finance yesterday and absolutely fluffed his questions. I am interested to know what the National Party’s real policy on rail is, because I heard an interjection earlier from Gerry Brownlee, which said in respect of the Government’s purchase of rail that the shipyards are back. Mr Brownlee, if you think this policy is like buying Polish shipyards, why do you not state what you really believe and say that National supports rail privatisation, as it has always done and as Mr Key did when he advised on the privatisation in 1993?

      Hon Bill English: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. The member is a senior member and knows that her use of the term “you” is out of order.

      Madam SPEAKER: Yes, I am sure all members have been reminded of that and, of course, I am sure none have made that error before in this House. But I remind members to keep to the Standing Orders.

      Rt Hon Winston Peters: Has the Prime Minister any reports that suggest a certain political party is running around the country saying that the railways in 1993 were running at a loss despite what was said in the Booz Allen and Hamilton report, which was the most authoritative document at that time; and could it possibly be true that Mr Key and his company advised on privatisation and purchase to their client because the company was a loser and was bound to cost them a fortune if they bought it?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I have no reason whatsoever to doubt what the member has just said. I know that the National Party is so ideologically wedded to privatisation that if a State company is making money, it says: “There you go; the State doesn’t need to own it.” If the company is losing money, it says: “You should sell it to get rid of that liability.” Whatever the state of a public company, the National Party has an excuse for selling it.

      Madam SPEAKER: Point of order, Rodney Hide.

      Rodney Hide: It is a supplementary question.

      Madam SPEAKER: I would ask members, when they trade their supplementary questions, to give me notice of that fact before they rise to their feet.

      Gerry Brownlee: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. Perhaps the Labour members may also like to do that. We see Mr Anderton and various other support parties take more than their allocation of supplementary questions on any given day. [Interruption]

      Madam SPEAKER: Please be quiet. As Mr Brownlee knows—and I have ruled on this before—if members notify me of a change in supplementary questions, that is fine. I am notified by parties of that, and it changes during the time that I am notified before the member rises to his or her feet, so there is no embarrassment—everybody knows. I had not been notified of Mr Hide’s supplementary question. Rodney Hide.

      Rodney Hide: I apologise. Are New Zealanders to take it from the Prime Minister’s performance in the House today that although she has come here to answer questions about rail, she does not know what it will cost taxpayers, she does not know what the premium was that was paid by the Government, and she does not know what the ongoing fiscal cost of rail is, but that she has actually taken the trouble to research the various shareholdings of Mr John Key, his directorships, and pretends to know all about that when she does not know about the policy and the cost to New Zealanders; does that not prove that this purchase is all about politics and not the good of the country?

      Rt Hon HELEN CLARK: I know that the ACT party does not give a damn about sustainability or about having a sustainable transport system. I know the ACT party is ideologically opposed to public ownership. That and nothing else explains Mr Hide’s hysteria.

      Rodney Hide: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. It is very interesting to hear the hysteria of Helen Clark about me. I thought the issue was more about the hysterical response from the Labour Party to questions about rail. But frankly, there is no way that personal remarks about me from the Prime Minister address the question that I asked—which proves the point.

      Madam SPEAKER: The Prime Minister did address the question, but if she wants to add anything more, she is perfectly entitled to do so.

      • It’s nice to know that Rodney Hide hasn’t changed over the years. He was a National Party sycophant then, and he remains one to this day… as is evidenced by his column in the Herald today, bagging the MOU between Labour and the Greens. Sad little man.

  11. Therein LIES the truth, I presume, Key is just fitting the description of a perfect liar, whose words are mostly believed.

  12. Hardly any point in caling Key a credible politician when he regularly resorts to lies and even blame games.

  13. Send this list to Paddy Gower, Paul Henry and Mike Hosking and see what response you get?

    Despicable Key and his right-wing media minions will deny, divert and lie some more. Where is the people’s champion John Campbell.

    I’m sure Graham McCready could take out a Private Treason or Impeachment prosecution against the PM for this litany of lies?

  14. What a fine man we have as PM, he has a white collar, a suit and a smile, that makes most fall for his words, like they do for used car salesmen, again and again. Some people never learn and have to repeat history all over again.

    White collars do not show credibility, they could reveal white collar crime, I may caution.

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