Interview with Key

July 13th, 2008 at 7:42 am by David Farrar

Assistant Editor Stephen Cook has interviewed John Key. Some interesting hints of future policy:

He alludes to the “comprehensive economic plan” has in store, which will revolve largely around tax cuts, “reining in the impact Government bureaucracy has on peoples’ lives” and a heavy infrastructure investment programme.

The investment in infrastructure will be welcome – there is a real need for more energy capacity, more transpaort infrastruture as well as better communications infrastructure.

Key also says there will be “lots of changes around education and law and order”, but won’t go into specifics apart from promising more power and resources for police, including Tasers.

“Drugs are changing the dynamic for police officers on the street now and the number of violent attacks is increasing,” Key says. “I don’t think there is any question the police need more resourcing. We like the idea of a ratio of one police officer to a certain number of citizens.”

Keys says South Auckland remains a troubling hotspot and National is committed to an “action plan” that “is pretty comprehensive around resolving the issues”.

Again, no specifics but Key says the policy – coming off the back of his “underclass speech” last year – will deal with “everything from education through to how we deal with young people going off the rails”.

“It is a very creative policy. You will see some out-of-the box thinking here,” Key assures.

Heh, hopefully more comprehensive that Winston’s bold pledge that he will get rid of gangs.

On the economic front, he accepts National’s eagerly awaited tax package will be the central and most important plank of its pre-election policy announcements.

Again, he’s not yet in a position to reveal just how much New Zealanders will get in their back pockets, or how National will fund the cuts.

“But Kiwis aren’t fools. They know the economy is slowing down. They know the options for National are reducing. They know Labour has been on a big spending binge and are clearly on a bender to try and leave the cupboard not only bare, but without shelves.

“That is going to make life more challenging for us and that is one of the reasons we are not going to over-promise. But we certainly have a tax plan that works and is affordable.”

I imagine we will see the plan very shortly after Clark sets the date.

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49 Responses to “Interview with Key”

  1. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,825 comments) says:

    Good to see John Key has a “comprehensive economic plan”.

    New Zealand needs one. The country in recession and its standard of living on a perpetual slide to the bottom. The economic question is the single most important problem and challenge facing New Zealand.

    It will be interesting to see how National’s economic policy stacks up against ACT’s.

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  2. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    really..!..

    i ‘read’ this exercise in rampant sycophancy/butt-kissing/job auditioning(?)..slightly differently..

    http://whoar.co.nz/2008/journalist-does-prolonged-butt-kiss-on-keythey-get-fused-in-an-anal-lip-lockparamedics-need-to-be-called/

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  3. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    aka nations journalists no longer live in fear of being blacklisted from lucrative gummint pr jobs by asking hulun annoying (read decent) questions so enjoy the freedom of not having to suck up to labour.

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  4. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    oh, note i didt use one set of ‘ ‘ or ” ” or ..

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  5. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    not so much about journalism..

    more an exercise in hagiography..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  6. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    probably reflects the feeling of the nation though..eh?..!

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  7. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    as in..’gagging for it’..?..or ‘gagging at it’..?

    and before getting too cocky..

    i’d read this..if i were you..

    http://whoar.co.nz/2008/how-clark-can-win-the-election/

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  8. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    clark is ‘gagging for it’, a totally disgusting mental image

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  9. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    the maori party is as likely to play ball with labour as I am to vote for hulun. not fing likely. sorry.

    nz needs new vision and fresh hand on the tiller.

    clarks old and lost the magic. her gimps are all goone to pasture or insane (aka duckman)

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  10. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,875 comments) says:

    His half hour stint on yesterday’s ‘Gone Fishing’ programme was pure gold. Not only did he show himself to be a relaxed, ordinary bloke enjoying a day’s fishing, he got to to the cooking spot at the end as well. The final shot was of a beaming John Key, raising a glass of chardonnay to all NZ with a hearty “Bon appetite!’ What he really was saying was “Enjoy your new government.”

    It impossible to conceive of Her Haughtiness engaging in these everyday activities of mere mortals. No, not for her the smell of fish guts or the baiting of a hook. It’s off to the alpine heights of Norway.

    phil, it’s very bad manners to link whore on other people’s comments threads. Your mates The Greens have been very quiet lately. Cat got their tongues? Or have they seen the internal polling that kills them off?

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  11. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    you just keep relying on those slogans there..expat..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  12. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,825 comments) says:

    Hels is experiencing that same old feeling that she felt in 1990, just before a change of government.

    History repeating, only there’s more at stake for Hels.

    Time for a change. :D

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  13. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    In response to my push-poll ‘WOuld you vote for John Key if it could be proven that he is ‘The Angel of Death’?” I have so far had six
    ‘Yes’ votes and one
    ‘don’t know’
    I have to admit, it is the ‘don’t know’ vote that has amused me the most.
    http://monkeyswithtypewriter.blogspot.com/

    Meanwhile, it is interesting that the tone of the interviews is becoming more – shall we say – ‘benign’ as it appears that Key is getting closer to the top seat. This is an inbuilt flaw in NZ journalism.

    They hammer the weak and beatify the powerful. It should be the other way around.

    PS a vote for Labour is a vote for Winston. Sad fuckers all of them.

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  14. The worm that turned (13 comments) says:

    Gee Philu

    “i’d read this..if i were you..”

    If you are going to just cut and paste Matt McCarten’s “Compromise and coalition hold only hope for a Labour victory” article into your own ramblings could you be so kind to inform us first, I really can’t be bothered reading the same words twice. Cheers!

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  15. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Just facts phil, im not a big slogan man.

    hels used to get in amongst it with the people but has moved on to bigger and better things.

    good to see key hasnt let success stand in the way of getting in amongst it.

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  16. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    you know what adolf..?

    i’ve also been told his farts don’t smell..

    (something to do with an operation he had while at merrill lynch..as i understand it..)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  17. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,875 comments) says:

    Probably read that in the Guardian, did you phil?

    However, you’re right. They don’t smell. You do.

    Farts stink.

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  18. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    the guardian? I see smelly old people reading that on the tube, them and smelly urban hippies carrying jute bags to advertise their ‘right-on’ ness

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  19. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    look..!..’add-on’ fink is descending to kindergarten level..

    (what should i say back..?..

    ‘..so do you…!’..?..)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  20. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Its really positive to see key in the paper and on gone fishing after the appaling attacks hulun and co have subjected him to recently.

    guess he’s bigger than them and can focus on a positive campaign.

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  21. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..# expat (498) Add karma Subtract karma +0 Says:
    July 13th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Just facts phil, im not a big slogan man.

    hels used to get in amongst it with the people but has moved on to bigger and better things.

    good to see key hasnt let success stand in the way of getting in amongst it..”

    um..!..’just facts’..’get in amongst it’..’with the people’..’moved on’..’bigger and better things’..’stand in the way’..

    ..(and finishing with a flourish..!..)

    a repeat of ‘getting in amongst it’..

    not only are you addicted..

    you are in denial..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  22. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    welcome to the worm.

    As Mike Myers said about farts – ‘We all like our own brand.’
    And I think it was Auden who remarked that ‘We all like the sight of our own handwriting, in much the same way as we like the smell of our own farts..”

    But I could be wrong.

    Vegetarianism adds a whole new dimension to this particular covert sensual practice, I might add, but it is wise not to ‘follow-through’ by engaging in the practice too enthusiatically.

    Or after a curry.

    ps. worm, I fear that philu was merely being ‘green’ and ‘recycling’ McCarten, rather than implying he thought of it himself.

    If McCarten is seriously suggesting a post-election Labour -lead Coalition, I would sugget that it would not work if Helen ‘I can start a fight in an empty room’ Clark was involved.

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  23. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    Hey, im just calling it how i see it buddy.

    while you cutnpaste a faded facsimile of the truth.

    labour 22%
    greens 8%
    National 55%
    Maori 5%
    Auxilliary 10%

    Helen “i could start a fight in an empty room’ Clark – love it!

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  24. Duxton (616 comments) says:

    philu: “hels used to get in amongst it with the people but has moved on to bigger and better things.”

    How did she get in amongst the people? And when?

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  25. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Addendum; if you are to engage in enthusiatic farting, there are varous techniques one can employ.

    There is the hackneyed ‘pull my finger, ploy, which only works on two-year-olds.
    Of course, the ‘Was that you, dear?’ follow-up if the wife is present.

    But my favourite is ‘The kick-start’, done to the first chorus of ‘leader of the pack’ by the Shangri Las..

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  26. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    Yeah, I saw John Key on Gone Fishing yesterday too. Plenty for the lapdogs of the left to bark about his performance during that show, but what cannot be denied is his ability to come across as an average guy, and honest average guy.

    Holy shit, he admitted he’d be using the same taxpayer cash that Helen is to run his staff. Just striaght out said so. No spin. Matter of fact. No delight on his face, just a case of that’s how it is. And while he questioned the numbers of Helen’s staff, he didn’t question their purpose: she can have information on any topic, at any time, within 30mins. PM’s need to know first. His host may not have liked it, but he couldn’t argue with the reality. He has to fill his tanks to get to the fishing spot to catch fish; John Key needs to spend tax dollars to fulfill his job also. Plain. Simple. Ten out of ten for delivery.

    The end of show cooking scene was revealing. The crew were treating John like one of the boys. They had accepted him into the group, however temporarily. You can’t fake that stuff, and it doesn’t just happen because John is a man (and by extension not a woman) or that he is opposition leader or a celebrity. For an established group to demostrate the ligthhearted teasing they did to John Key, there has to have been a real connection.

    It was obvious that the glass John toasted with was once full. The man was feeling the effects of a wine after a day in the sun. If ever there was a time to slip up, now was it. But instead we got to see John Key. He isn’t slippery. He isn’t a snake. He isn’t evil. He’s just an average guy with an uncommon job, like every other guy with a job. Who would have thought?

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  27. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    duxton, that was phil quotiing me (out of context strangely enough).

    hels used to go to waitangi and be made to cry, or appear on CNN travel shows doing tramping on the abel tasman more recently speeding through sth island towns at 150km.

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  28. Inventory2 (10,264 comments) says:

    phil u said “i’d read this..if i were you..

    http://whoar.co.nz/2008/how-clark-can-win-the-election/

    phil(whoar.co.nz)”

    Which election phil? 2020? 2023? 2026?

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  29. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    nice insight goodgod.

    an honest avg guy.

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  30. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    maybe..after he loses this election key could start a ‘good bloke! party’..?

    the financial titan..with the common touch..?

    is this what you are trying to spin all over us..?

    (instead of who we see..’the bosses’ man’..)

    and..did they ‘do’ the ‘man thing’..in the/a sweatlodge..?

    y’know..!..after the fishing-bonding..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  31. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    It’s not the first homo-erotic yearning for Key I’ve seen inadvertantly slip out of an opponant.

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  32. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..Hey, im just calling it how i see it buddy..”

    stop it..!

    “hey’..’i’m just calling it’..’how i see it’..’buddy’..

    wow..!

    four in the space of ten words..!

    you truly are a master/mistress of the genre..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  33. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..It’s not the first homo-erotic yearning for Key I’ve seen inadvertantly slip out of an opponant..”

    (heh..!..)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  34. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    dont feel ashamed phil.

    you too can come out of the green closet and embrace a new way of life.

    steak, beer and cheese – it’ll certainly stop that smelly vegan arse of yours..eh..!?

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  35. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    providing more evidence how decidedly ‘weird’ you are..?..expat..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  36. Paul Marsden (991 comments) says:

    Labour is about to be delivered the electoral equivalent of a ‘dutch oven’. Soak-it up philu!

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  37. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    lab+ whoever will be the next govt..

    you suck that one up..p.m..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  38. Murray (8,844 comments) says:

    Welcome to Phucked in the head Phools labour party propaganda site where its all bullshit all the time!

    No about or reality can dents his drug fulled love for dear leader and he will not stop untill he OD’s!

    And for some reason which remains unclear David Farrar is paying for his hosting. Very odd.

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  39. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    i have never voted/worked for the labour party..

    (not that there’s anything wrong with that..!..)

    i vote green..because t.i.n.a..

    (especially if you are a deep/dark green collectivist..eh..?)

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  40. PaulL (6,017 comments) says:

    Philu, interesting you’re getting upset about a once over lightly interview on a lifestyle program, going easy on Key. What about all the supposedly detailed political shows that always go easy on Labour. Shit, I’m still listening to “focus on politics” every week, and have yet to hear them give anybody from Labour a hard time about anything.

    You’re basically complaining that Key is now getting the same treatment as Clark, as usual the problem for you isn’t that the interviewing is crap, it is that it is crap and in favour of National.

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  41. RossK (277 comments) says:

    The biggest tax issue facing either party is capital gains. The reality in New Zealand is that our tax system is set up to make it increasingly hard to reach the wealth tipping point at which a person can relax a little and expect their wealth to increase almost automatically. You want fairness – tax capital gains. For about $2K to $3k any lawyer in New Zealand can protect a wealthy business person’s assets so that in the event of catastrophic failure of their ventures they can still enjoy the benefit of their big flash house and nice car. This rather conflicts with the risk for reward mantra of the more rabid right wingers. Of course the business person starting out cant do this – their trust assets have to operate as security. So what we see is that in reality the truly wealthy get big reward with less risk. This is not to say that many rich people don’t deserve their success – of course they do. But it would be nice to see the big arguments played out in their true terms. How meritocratic a society do we want? Can the people who want meritocracy stomach 100% estate duty (because the idea of advancement through merit is in total opposition with advancement through inheritance). Is it possible or desirable to stop all nepotism? What is the correct level for a “good” society?

    Of course we won’t get any of that. We will get national saying “taxes are the government stealing from you” (which is true but most of the middle class people who like the sentiment don’t seem to appreciate that the government is stealing more from the rich and transferring it to the middle class than the middle class will ever get back in tax cuts) and labour saying “everyone deserves a fair go” meaning even the lazy layabouts should get tax funding but those who actually have the gumption to work can go fish.

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  42. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..Philu, interesting you’re getting upset about a once over lightly interview on a lifestyle program, going easy on Key..”

    wrong again..paull..

    this butt-kissing orgy i laughed at..was undertaken by a deputy editor..of a mainstream ‘rag’..(!)

    (it should become part of journalism-course material..

    as a ‘telling’ example of the ‘lip-butt-lock’ school of interviewing..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  43. PaulL (6,017 comments) says:

    Right. And the rest of my point – that all the supposedly serious rags have been doing this for Helen for the last 9 years without you complaining?

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  44. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    “..as usual the problem for you isn’t that the interviewing is crap, it is that it is crap and in favour of National..”

    we are agreed on one thing tho’..

    it is a ‘crap’ interview..

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  45. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    I realise it must be quite unerving for a leftie to witness media coverage of the right in a positive light in NZ after 9 years of huluns pr hacks bullying and bribing the press to only report nice fluffy good stuff about the left and evil nasty coverage of the right.

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  46. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    wot..?

    like ‘hollow men’..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  47. PaulL (6,017 comments) says:

    Sorry, did you miss the point philu? “Hollow men” was part of the unrelenting negative coverage against National, that was really unjustified. The extent of the interest was that Brash and those surrounding him had been involved in the usual political stuff – someone with a Masters in politics surely would have some idea of how it works? However, the current allegations about Helen, Winston and Owen….well, those are not really normal business in politics. Do you reckon the media will do something this time?

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  48. philu (13,393 comments) says:

    no paul..

    the hollow men is a documentary on the lies national told us last time around..

    and the real problem is..

    that the anti-stars of hollow men..are still in national..(!)

    but they’ve stopped lying..?..you say..?

    and this time around they aren’t ‘owned’ by a small group of wealthy new zealanders..?

    who are standing by..waiting for pay-day..?

    phil(whoar.co.nz)

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  49. Swampy (273 comments) says:

    Where is the money for a tax cut going to come from when all Key has promised is more spending? Can’t have it both ways. Where is more transport infrastructure needed, there isn’t any justification for Labour’s huge spending on new roads.

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