Why Key poked the smug hermit kingdom

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People asked me this week if I thought Key’s sudden intrusion into the public debate by poking the smug hermit kingdom was an indication that he was wanting back into Politics.

I laughed.

Key is making way more money in the private sector and he likes being liked.

While there is nothing stopping him from making a return, I just doubt a rich man who likes being rich is prepared to pretend he’s only worth $50million to re-enter public politics.

No, this wasn’t Key standing in for National (although it was meant as a kick in the arse to Judith to show her how to do it), this was Key channeling the anger and fears being felt at the top table of NZ CEOs.

In the rarified airs Key and Luxon inhabit is a shock wave of fear that the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind have woken in the middle of a pandemic and in their rush towards the State for protection have wholesale abandoned the neoliberal mythology of small Government and individualism Über alles for a State that is active and protecting.

Key’s ridiculously hollow 5 point plan was all a joke when put under any scrutiny, but his main attack was pretending the Government are using fear as a weapon and that Jacinda is somehow a Communist.

Red baiting and insinuations that your freedom is at risk are the very bedrock ideology of the neoliberal Nazgûl Key represents.

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It’s nice seeing the ultra rich so frightened that their free market mantras mean nothing.

Look at 3 Waters, new public health, new RMA, new supermarket competition  and universal unionism THIS is the monolith of the active State rising that Key and his chums recoil in horror from.

In a world beset by the external shocks of climate change, people want the protection of the State. The only response by the right is to label that a smug hermit kingdom while forgetting the reason we are so smug.

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63 COMMENTS

  1. I’m not a shrink, but Key’s hermit analogy may come from his subconscious level ( vast), because traditionally hermits live alone because they reject society, and in particular women – they’ve always been celibate – and underneath Key probably realises he’s not that attractive without his dosh, and his attitude towards women as exemplified by his hair fetish, is a bit odd- and a shocking example to young Nats and other thickos, about how to treat women. It’s bad enough for women in New Zealand without creeps like him behaving untowardly.

    As said before, he won’t go back into politics overtly – he’s too petty and vain anyway, and he got what he wanted, apart from his ego-pandering flag change, which was very impudent indeed. If he wants to get out, then let him go, but bolt the door after he leaves. Nth Korea might suit his wee imaginings.

      • ” He won’t get back into politics because Bronagh won’t let him ”
        Unless he can bewitch and de fraud the great un washed !!! like 2008 !
        He and Brongah made a fortune of the backs of the slaves and are still collecting like English and his large Catholic whanau.
        These shits are the enemy within and in a just society they would ne made an example of.

      • ” He won’t get back into politics because Bronagh won’t let him ”.. If you believe that, then I have a contact in the Philippines that can get you a genuine rolex for $200… Anyone who still thinks that the “Bronagh gave me the choice of being PM, or staying married to her” excuse was anything but total bullshit hasn’t been taking any notice of the trail of lies that Keys utterances amounted to after a decade of being the point man for American imperialism, and Chinese rapacity… How many Prime ministers, in any country one could name, have given a weeks notice, and quit, unless they had either been caught red handed doing bad things, or were worried that they were about to be outed for being the traitor they were to their own people? None, that’s how many…

  2. John Key is a Has-been. He is so ego-ridden that he thinks everything he says is correct and the WORLD MUST listen to him.
    He must have been missing being the centre of attention and hence hunting out a compliant NZ media to publish his rants.
    For him to use the analogy of a space ship containing 3 people to a country of now 5 million(NZ)was weird in my opinion. But then that spaceship was an American one and we all know Key loves America more than any other country on the planet NZ included.
    After seeing his articles scattered through-out the various media outlets around NZ a week ago I came to the conclusion that Key may be wanting to be leader of National again. Whilst he was prime minister of New Zilland he used NZ taxpayers money to fund HIS ego-quests etc. He wasted $26million on a vanity project to massage his ego. He has no hesitation on lying to NZers whenever he could And in recognition of sexual harassment in the workplace he received a knighthood.

    • Just me “ Whilst he was Prime Minister of New Zilland” is the weirdest thing of all. Key comes from an English speaking immigrant family, but he never managed to pronounce the name of the country which took them in. Not doing so as PM let us down badly, which mightn’t bother him, but some UK media laughed at him. It’s
      unbelievable that he tried to change the flag of a country whose name he can’t even pronounce properly.

    • Yeah Key’s a has-been, but at least he didn’t fork out $55m to pay for compliant journalism like Jacinda in a cash-for-comment bribe. Now all we can look forward to is warm and fuzzy YES articles from woke journalists all agreeing with Aunty Jacinda and her PC policies.

      • Don’t believe for minute Key didn’t have Soper,Armstrong, Young et al not paid for and in his back pocket. Key had a very easy ride with pro right wing media.

        • Bert – “ Key had a very easy ride with pro right wing media.” True. He might still be on that bike. Future historians may ponder how a boor and a bore who did nothing for New Zealand pulled it all off. The Nats did have better potential leaders than that one.

      • @Oldie …….”but at least he didn’t….”

        From the archives of our lovely health-response-sabotaging NZHerald

        “9 Mar, 2011
        The Government has thrown a lifeline to ailing private media company MediaWorks, which owns TV3, Four, and about half New Zealand’s commercial radio stations.
        MediaWorks’ latest accounts show it has essentially received a $43.3 million loan from the Crown to enable it to renew its radio broadcasting licences for the next 20 years.
        Telecommunications Minister Steven Joyce yesterday said the money was not a loan, but a deferred payment system …………”

        Guess you forgot Oldie.

  3. Key saw NZ as a ‘Kingdom’ to be ruled hence he gave himself a knighthood when he was forced to leave.
    He is ‘smug’ in his too high an opinion of himself.
    He is a ‘hermit’ because the public genuinely dislike him.

  4. I get the impression Sir John Key is intensely disliked by many contributors to this site.
    Most of it reads like the politics of envy.

    • John, Let me assure you that I do not envy the male who was able to function as a serial pony tail puller with impunity. That has never been one of my aspirations.

      Nor have I aspired to change the New Zealand flag, and failed. I ‘ve had bigger things to do, and usually succeed at doing them.

    • While the politics of greed prevail the mass of the people who live from hand to mouth will envy the conspicuously wealthy who don’t give a f…. for others.

    • Only to a biased admirer of John Key. Please explain how they can envy him if they dislike him so much. When I dislike somebody I tend to disrespect them.

    • @ ‘John’.
      You only get an ‘impression’ that SIR jonk-E is intensely disliked here? It’s because those of us who loath the verminous little rat haven’t figured out how to bring pikes and noosed roped to the comments section.
      “Most of it reads like the politics of envy.”
      Does it? So you say, and by you saying ( writing) should dispel any reason to take you seriously.
      I think most of [it] reads like people hate the bastard. And for good reason. Hair-tugger bully? The wanker wasted millions on flag-change chicanery, dopy hobbit pay-off to warner bros millions lies and bull shittery and all the while powerless people fell further into poverty on a rich few islands thanks to that useless fucker and his deep state bully boy money fetishist mates. And lets not, nor ever, forget that he’s enabled four foreign bankster scum to take record NET profits off-shore from us. ( $6 Billion for ’19/’20. )
      Trust me? When I see The Jonk, It’s not envy that courses through my veins and makes my heart beat faster.
      One last wee thing on jonky and the pony tail that belonged to the woman who sported her hair in that fashion which, I’m sure, was never intended to be a toy for the jonk.
      This is a list of women who’ve been killed by men IN THE LAST 28 WEEKS!
      The Guardian
      “The 81 women killed in 28 weeks”
      https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/02/the-81-women-killed-in-28-weeks

    • what is there about a balding, CREEPY, shallow, greedy, ignorant ,poorly spoken cretin one could be envious of?If you think anyone on this site is envious of his accumulated money then you are too thick to understand the meaning of the word wealth.
      I well remember an interview Key did with some sycophantic airhead radio jock where he denigrated Kiwis who went camping for their holidays.
      He was so ignorant of what such activity entailed and so hopelessly devoid of any of the skills required he referred to a gas camping cooker as bunsen burner. What a dumbarse piece of shit!

      • Shona I can’t believe Key’s camping spiel. I camped all over Europe 2x, and experienced things Key never will. Waking up beside an Italian lake at Lugano after dreaming I was back at school; waking in Heidelberg with barges on the Necker and trains chugging the other side and my toddler exclaiming,” I can hardly believe my eyes”; in the Bois de Boulogne (sp?) in the middle of Paris; Interlaken, taking the cog railway up the Jung Frau Joch, seeing the north face of the Eiger ( Key wouldn’t know what that was); Chamonix under Mt Blanc and walking on the Mer de Glacé ( he wouldn’t know what that is either) ; driving on a German autobahn with no speed limit flanked by enormous articulated trucks and Mercedes and being pretty scared; the Black Forest in Germany giving understanding to some of the German psyche and the Grimm’s brothers stories; Arles, where van Gogh’s starry night cafe is still the same and the inner tent was proven to be mosquito and sandfly proof as advertised back at the cut price shop in Holborn – I have no logs of anything, but thanks for jolting my memory this morning and reminding me of what a useless pleb Key is. We knew he can’t hit a nail with a hammer ( I can ) but he must be the only male in New Zealand who doesn’t know how to cook outside mum’s kitchen. I know he’s just a cheap Brit import, but the blooming Boy Scout’s were founded back there and you’d think that he would have learnt a few practical things as a boy. What a useless sod he’d be in an emergency.

        Money doesn’t maketh the man, eh ?

        Suddenly I feel very proud of all my male relatives – but having an effete little ignoramus like Key as leader of a nation is quite scary – we really stuffed up with him.

        Do you think he knows where vegetables come from ? Serious question. I dug up spuds in front of an Indian neighbour, who was surprised to see that they grew under the ground. True.

        Please do not denigrate shit. The night soil of Asia still contributes much more to people’s well being than John Key did, could, or ever will. Thank God he scarpered.

  5. Yup. The (not so) invisible hand at work from a smart operator.

    Which is good for those who don’t want National near the levers of power for another 1 or 2 election cycles.

    Rich wankas will do what rich wankas always do, and that is make money, increase their wealth and stroke their ego’s in public when they see fit.

    Speaking of rich wankas. You see Graham NZs richest wanka has gone on a $189m property spending spree in South Auckland. The rich like poor people suffering. Wanka!

  6. Yup. The (not so) invisible hand at work from a smart operator.
    Which is good for those who don’t want National near the levers of power for another 1 or 2 election cycles.
    Rich wankas will do what rich wankas always do, and that is make money, increase their wealth and stroke their ego’s in public when they see fit.
    Speaking of rich wankas. You see Graham NZs richest wanka has gone on a $189m property spending spree in South Auckland. The rich like poor people suffering. Wanka!

    • Indeed Denny. The paradigm is shifting though. It’s up to us all, right now, to see it through, bare witness, and hold the oppressors to account. I hope I won’t take too long

  7. While the politics of greed prevail the mass of the people who live from hand to mouth will envy the conspicuously wealthy who don’t give a f…. for others.

  8. The reason we are appearing so smug is disappearing buy the minute. Like every sportsman will say, you’re only as good as your last game. Or in Covid’s case your last outbreak. This Government who have made an art form of being slow, have been caught out in the second half of the Covid game. The polarising of our society is in full swing. Those who will get vaccinated against those who won’t. Those who want to ease restrictions against those that don’t. We can take John Key’s statements of our “smug hermit Kingdom “ as a personal insult against us and the Labour lead government, or as a reflection of how many other countries see us. Either fits. In my opinion any criticism of John Key for his opinions are miss directed and wasted. Tens of thousands of NZrs may not have used JK’s words but believe his sentiments. Not just Filthy rich indulgent business people, but ordinary NZrs that have family overseas or small businesses quietly going bust in Auckland. These people may or may not be correct in their beliefs but are entitled to have them. The author and many on this forum don’t like Key not because of what he has said but his power to influence. He hasn’t been near politics for over four years and as some here would have you believe, despised. If he was hated by the majority we wouldn’t care to listen or to write about him. So let’s get to the real issues. Maybe Covid in the Waikato is a good place to start.

  9. I think the analogy with North Korea is to infer that members of Five Eyes/Quad/AUKUS are in an alliance against socialism – and are thus “not allowed” to practice socialism without consequences.

    There being a long American tradition of sanctions against any socialist nation in the world – China, North Korea, Cuba, Iraq, Venezuela, Libya etc associated with regime change …

  10. Sir John Key obviously still has huge influence otherwise the The Daily Blog would not afford him the lead story most every day of late.
    If there is no envy then that’s good but it doesn’t line up with people daily showing an intense dislike for the man.
    New View sums it up nicely.

    • I never liked him particularly and couldn’t understand the Fairfax girls slobbering over him. His mangling the English language was pretty bad, but I don’t strongly dislike him- he’s not worth the bother. I only dislike two people in the whole world – although back in fourth form I abhorred one hyperthyroid teacher, but that passed, and so did she.

    • So after 8 long years of listening to his unchallenged lying, those badly affected by his – let’s call it “misgovernance” whilst in power – should STFU and let him go unchallenged …. yet again????
      Pfizer pointed out he was lying.
      People generally don’t like liars.
      We have worked hard as a community to battle Covid, and now we have to battle misinformation which has undermined our response to the Pandemic.
      I think an “intense dislike” is understandable, don’t you.

      • Yes. Stand firm NZ. We are moving on from oppression. Now is our time. We change the paradigm, with the aid of this virus, unfortunately. The big picture is attainable throughout this time. Hang in there everyone

    • Humanity does not accept a male tugging at a woman’s ponytail John. I’ve not heard anyone whom “likes” this sort of behaviour. Your line of thought appears to not support humanity.

    • Apart from Countryboy, Damien Grant sums it up perfectly…

      “https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/300420313/john-key-is-yesterdays-man’

  11. I think the reason jonky’s back, like that rash on ones diddle, is because jonky never went away.
    The freakish little mean streak never strayed far from the scene of the crimes he and his mates concocted.
    Isn’t that obvious, though? He bailed out of his political responsibilities, specifically to those most at risk, and took up a position ( Bent over, tongue out. ) for the foreign banks.
    The Jonk has far greater responsibilities to his devious deep state cronies than you and me. He has scenes of many crimes to cover over and it’d not take much more than a fire in the woodpile to send the rats scampering for cover.
    ( Record house prices in AO/NZ? That’s a bankster con, you know that, right? Read this?
    TDB. Stephen Minto.
    Housing – We can’t build our way out of this housing affordability crisis
    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2021/08/23/special-report-housing-we-cant-build-our-way-out-of-this-housing-affordability-crisis/?utm_source=pocket_mylist)
    It’d take a virus.
    C-19’s causing a fucking trouser shitting storm of biblical proportions because, despite Auckland being in lock down, our AO/NZ’s ticking along quite nicely. Who knew we could do without the crooks in their nasty, ugly buildings down-town? Who knew we could easily do without worthless little shits like john key?
    All Jacinda Adern has to do is resist the distempers of the soon to be valueless rats in their glass fronted menageries and let the truth set us all free.

  12. The fact you are all talking about him suggests he won and you all lost. In politics explaining is losing – team left have been explaining for a week while Key smiles from the shadows. Expect more grenades lobbed over the next 12 months given the reaction to this one.

      • I think most on here are nervous at the thought of My Key re-entering politics. Obviosuly this will not happen but I would lay a bet that if he did put his name in the hat for the National party leadership the next polls would have the two main parties level. He would certainly take back some of the votes lost to Act and the older voters who switched to Labour during the Covid election.

      • John Will probably agree (smarmily) with you too, Garibaldi.
        He is the most subtle of the trolls who have recently started up their trade here.

        • In Vino. Thanks for that. I’ve always said that Key is smarmy and I don’t know why people keep saying that he’s smug – he’s smarmy.

          And with due respect to Garibaldi he’s also more of a hick than a dick, but definitely smarmy – I think that’s why he always made my skin crawl – his smarm – like some seamy Dickensian creep – even in pix which I’d prefer not to see.

  13. But you know what the scariest thing is?
    If the great Shonkey DID decide to stage a comeback he would probably become the next PM.
    Despite his many failings – unemployment, housing crisis, gutting the public service, record unsustainable immigration, dirty rivers, bailouts to movie moguls and American owned aluminium smelters and mass Chinese buy-ups of NZ real estate – if he stood again he would be greeted as the messiah by an electorate chafing from the bonds of COVID restrictions and yearning for “a return to normalcy”.
    Judith would be out the door before she could finish her coffee, Hosking and Slater would be crowing from the rooftops, Groundswell would be holding hoe-downs in every rural town, Ford Ranger dealers would be dancing for joy and David Seymour would be mumbling dirty words under his breath.

  14. Come on Frwankie, pull the other ponytail. Fwrankie the fact that you and John have to defend and explain Key’s Pfitzer lies is losing.
    Fortunately it is out in the open now and gives conclusive evidence of what lengths the right will go too.

    Countryboy put John in his place and just to remind him…

    “@ ‘John’.
    You only get an ‘impression’ that SIR jonk-E is intensely disliked here? It’s because those of us who loath the verminous little rat haven’t figured out how to bring pikes and noosed roped to the comments section.
    “Most of it reads like the politics of envy.”
    Does it? So you say, and by you saying ( writing) should dispel any reason to take you seriously.
    I think most of [it] reads like people hate the bastard. And for good reason. Hair-tugger bully? The wanker wasted millions on flag-change chicanery, dopy hobbit pay-off to warner bros millions lies and bull shittery and all the while powerless people fell further into poverty on a rich few islands thanks to that useless fucker and his deep state bully boy money fetishist mates. And lets not, nor ever, forget that he’s enabled four foreign bankster scum to take record NET profits off-shore from us. ( $6 Billion for ’19/’20. )
    Trust me? When I see The Jonk, It’s not envy that courses through my veins and makes my heart beat faster.
    One last wee thing on jonky and the pony tail that belonged to the woman who sported her hair in that fashion which, I’m sure, was never intended to be a toy for the jonk.
    This is a list of women who’ve been killed by men IN THE LAST 28 WEEKS!
    The Guardian
    “The 81 women killed in 28 weeks”
    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2021/oct/02/the-81-women-killed-in-28-weeks

    • Bertie – this will be your longest week. This week the elimination sandcastle comes cracking down and with it the PM’s bullet proof vest. The more venial in the media will smell blood in the water.

      When you have been anointed a modern day Joan-of-Ark the comedown will be quite spectacular.

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