Ever since the likes of Roger Douglas and Bob Jones received knighthoods I’ve wondered why on earth we give knighthoods to losers.
This time it’s John Key.
What has that man done to deserve a knighthood? Was it the pulling of ponytails? Was it the flag referendum? Was it the lies about mass surveillance? Was it the hundreds of thousands of our kids he left in poverty? Was it the failure of the housing market? Was it the exponential rise in electricity prices? Was it for running down the public health system? Was it for underfunding education? Was it for screwing the poor?
No – none of these.
He got it for the huge tax cuts he gave to the rich in 2010 (he had to borrow the money to do it) He got it for the untaxed capital gains for property speculators. He got it for the big profits to the Australian banks and other parasitic enterprises. He got it for writing our labour laws for Peter Jackson and Warner Brothers. He got it for backing farmers screwing the environment while the rest of us pay for the clean-up.
Just like Douglas and Jones Key has been rewarded for enriching the rich at the expense of the rest of us.
What a loser.
So who are the New Zealand heroes who deserve knighthoods?
For me it’s the mums and dads who live in cars, vans and caravans but keep their kids going to school clean and tidy. It’s the workers struggling on the minimum wage with no secure hours of work. It’s the families fighting p-addiction with no agency support.
We should reserve our highest honours for the decent families of New Zealand who maintain their dignity in the most appalling circumstances visited on them by market failure and uncaring governments.