Young on Key

October 15th, 2009 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Audrey Young writes:

Prime Minister has just shown why he is Prime Minister.

His intervention yesterday in the debacle over the was perfectly timed.

It could not have come any later without the issue getting completely out of control.

But it probably could not have come any earlier, either.

It would have been nicer if it hadn’t become necessary.

Mr Key’s late leadership on the issue stands in marked contrast to his ministers, many of whom have contributed to the chaos.

Labour is pointing the finger largely at Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully over the saga, not least because he gave the Te Puni Kokiri chief executive a burst at a Beehive meeting. Mr McCully carries a fair degree of blame but more for what he hasn’t done than what he has.

He has been absent as Foreign Minister for a large amount of time and neither his World Cup deputy, Gerry Brownlee, Mr Coleman, or Mr English have taken charge.

That leadership vacuum was exacerbated when Mr Key was absent during some critical stages of the MTS bid.

Dr Sharples is not blameless, either. It is clear that he and Te Puni Kokiri kept knowledge of the $3 million TPK commitment to themselves. And when Dr Coleman asked Dr Sharples about the bid, he dissembled, saying he didn’t know much about it.

Hopefully a lesson learned for everyone.

Maori Television has been given a reprieve from being gazumped by a higher bid. But its celebration should not be too premature. In a sense it has been returned to the position it found itself in after the TPK funding had been revealed.

Maori Television have a great opportunity ahead of them. The challenge now is to deliver high quality coverage.

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27 Responses to “Young on Key”

  1. kaya (1,360 comments) says:

    So when is M Key going to dock TPK the 3 million dollars of taxpayer money that they obviously don’t need? This is still a fiasco, I hear on the news now that games will be shown on 3 channels so they will be aiming for “point of difference” with the commentary teams. What a joke.

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  2. village idiot (748 comments) says:

    Patch-up, pimping cover-up from Young. This is how it’s to be New Zealand, Plastic Key is the great ‘fixer-upper’, notwithstanding he was fully involved in the stuffing-up. Nothing like a good re-tell of history.

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  3. KiwiGreg (3,246 comments) says:

    So I gather that for none of the bidders is hosting the RWC coverage a viable commercial proposition?

    Which can only mean they are paying the Rugby Federation too much money, because an ordinary commercial auction would price these rights at a level which left a profit for the broadcaster. Or am I missing something?

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  4. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    You’re scraping the barrel, DPF.

    John Key has just shown us why NZ is in the shit and why he and his government are no better than the last bunch of idiots.

    The PM thinks it’s his job to figure out what to put on TV, rather than fixing the big problems which make NZ so poor that the government needs to buy us some rugby matches to watch to distract us from how impoverished we’ve become.

    Every citizen shall see the Glorious National Team, play the Glorious National Game. And there will be extra cabbage this month to celebrate this momentous achievement of the Glorious Peoples’ Republic of Aotearoa and our most Glorious and Benevolent Leader.

    John Key’s 1st Year Scorecard:

    Addressing welfare dependency and it’s huge cost (financial and societal): 0/10
    Reducing Tax Burden in NZ: 0/10
    Reducing Government Spending: 0/10
    Departments/Quangos/Services Disestablished: 0

    Steps to Make NZ More Prosperous: -1 out of 10.

    [DPF: Hmmn did you miss the $2 billion of tax cuts in April?]

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  5. kaya (1,360 comments) says:

    KiwiGreg, you are not missing anything at all, we are subsidising a commercial organisation, how “conservative”.

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  6. beerguts (21 comments) says:

    You’re scraping the barrel, DPF.

    John Key has just shown us why NZ is in the shit and why he and his government are no better than the last bunch of idiots.

    The PM thinks it’s his job to figure out what to put on TV, rather than fixing the big problems which make NZ so poor that the government needs to buy us some rugby matches to watch to distract us from the how impoverished we’ve become.

    Every citizen shall see the Glorious National Team, play the Glorious National Game. And there will be extra cabbage this month to celebrate this momentous achievement of the Glorious Peoples’ Republic of Aotearoa and our most Glorious and Benevolent Leader.

    John Key’s 1st Year Scorecard:

    Addressing welfare dependency and it’s huge cost (financial and societal): 0/10
    Reducing Tax Burden in NZ: 0/10
    Reducing Government Spending: 0/10
    Departments/Quangos/Services Disestablished: 0

    Steps to make NZ more prosperous: -1 out of 10.

    And your solutions are? Anyone can formulate a ranting piece of diatribe you have just written.

    You seem to be really angry – maybe check out http://www.airnz.co.nz – some good specials on flights out of NZ.

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  7. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    “Maori Television have a great opportunity ahead of them. The challenge now is to deliver high quality coverage.”

    Great closing sentence, DPF. Spin doctoring at its best!

    [DPF: I honestly don't know what you mean. I'm simply saying don't fuck it up]

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  8. Captain Crab (351 comments) says:

    Malcolm
    How many terms do you want to keep Labour out? 3, 4?
    Because if Key changed all those things now, Labour would be back in 2010.
    btw capping govt spending is the same as a cut and they have started to merge some departments which is quasi disestablished.

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  9. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    And your solutions are?

    Easy. Plenty of countries have done it:

    – Get goverment spending down to 30% or less of GDP.
    – Lower and broaden the tax base accordingly to reduce the non-productive industry of tax minimisation (trusts etc).
    – Remove the disincentive for a large part of society to be unproductive and live off others.
    – Allow people who create wealth to keep more of it so our best and brightest see a reason to return from their OE.
    – Only borrow money for infrastructure investments, not to pay social welfare etc.
    – Plenty more if you put your mind to it.

    It just takes leadership. Unfortunately we don’t have any. Instead of wasting time figuring out who should buy rights for rugby, John Key could focus on stuff which really matters.

    I’m not angry. I’m frustrated. NZ voted for change and a better future but instead we’ve got John Keyless.

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  10. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    How many terms do you want to keep Labour out? 3, 4?
    Because if Key changed all those things now, Labour would be back in 2010.

    But Captain Crab, is this government much different from Labour? No point having something in name only.

    I take your point. That is where leadership comes in. Someone not unlike John Key could explain to NZer’s the situation we’re in, and here are the concrete steps we’re going to take to get NZ out of this mess. And we start now.

    It just takes leadership, principles and backbone. I think John Key has some of the former, but sadly it now seems, not much of the latter two.

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  11. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    Beerguts,

    Incidentally, what are your solutions? Be quick though; we’ve nearly fallen out the bottom of the OECD.

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  12. beerguts (21 comments) says:

    I don’t profess to having the solutions. However at the same time I don’t launch into outbursts of how shit NZ is doing without providing an alternative.

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  13. Mike78 (83 comments) says:

    This whole debate is ridiculous – WHEN DID BEING ABLE TO WATCH RUGBY BECOME A RIGHT ? – to me this is the fundamental question. Its a game with a ball is thrown around by tough guys who earn more than almost all the viewers. why is there a RIGHT to be able to watch it and one so strong the government must fund it – when did this come in, what other new rights have come in – whats next? Surely it must also be my right to see it at the ground? Free tickets for all ? – No its entertainment like any other – if you want to watch it, pay for it – its simple. I dont like rugby – but seems like i now need to subsidse the people who are to cheap (but say they are big rugby fans) to have Sky Sport ( which I do ) – why doesnt the gov just go the whole hog and buy up SKY as surely its my right to be able to watch Discovery for free as well – or is that different somehow? John Key should not be mediating any solution except one which involves no government money being put towards it at all.

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  14. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    Beerguts wrote:

    I don’t profess to having the solutions. However at the same time I don’t launch into outbursts of how shit NZ is doing without providing an alternative.

    But you do profess to have a solution. You suggest that anyone who doesn’t like the trajectory that NZ is on, should piss off. Which is like saying “shut up”. Which is what you say when you have nothing to say.

    My first posting did allude to commonly accepted steps which can help a country become more prosperous.

    Incidentally, approximately 1 million NZer’s now live outside NZ. So it would seem that many have given up and taken your advice. Perhaps if some had stayed and argued with idiots who say “shut up”, then NZ would be a better place.

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  15. RRM (9,764 comments) says:

    All-hail Saint Johnny! Such is your magnificence, I shall gladly line up TWICE to pay my newly-inflated motorbike rego!

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  16. malcolm (2,000 comments) says:

    [DPF: Hmmn did you miss the $2 billion of tax cuts in April?]

    No, but has tax-take as a % of GDP gone up or down since National came to power?

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  17. Lance (2,618 comments) says:

    Many comments here sound like they are penned (typed) by a lot of frustrated ACT voters throwing their toys out of the cot because the rest of NZ wasn’t as smart as they were and failed to vote ACT into power with a sweeping majority.
    Let the vitriol begin…

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  18. s.russell (1,588 comments) says:

    Even Saint Roger the Douglas did not transform New Zealand in a day. And he came a cropper.

    Attempting to transform New Zealand as rapidly as he did would be a political disaster, and would result in Labour’s rapid return to office, with policies subsequently reversed. So if it is to be done at all it must be done slowly, perhaps even by stealth.

    This may be frustrating for the impatient and passionate, but it is the only way.

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  19. bchapman (649 comments) says:

    Way too much government meddling in something that should not be any of its business. Let MTV and TV1 sort out their own affairs. In not fussed either way but decide if you support full public broadcasting or not. If not- why not just sell TV1 and leave MTV to do their own thing.

    BTW- I’m not a National voter, but its hard to be critical of their economic performance so far- the economy never went into a tailspin (which it would have if you suddenly cut spending) and it seems likely that unemployment won’t reach the predicted levels. Personally I’d like to see more support for higher education, training and R and D (funded by a CGT and land tax) but I accept thats not in the right wing paradigm. Thanks to Cullen, Key, Clark and English we are a lot better off than most.

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  20. LUCY (359 comments) says:

    How many people like me HATE rugby.

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  21. GPT1 (2,115 comments) says:

    Free to air shouldn’t be allowed to show sport. They always cock it up for news and/or coronatoin street. As long as Sky have it I will be happy.

    More to the point as long as we win the bloody thing.

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  22. big bruv (13,662 comments) says:

    s.russell

    I often see people making comments like yours

    “Even Saint Roger the Douglas did not transform New Zealand in a day. And he came a cropper…….Attempting to transform New Zealand as rapidly as he did would be a political disaster, and would result in Labour’s rapid return to office”

    A quick look back at history proves that statement to be incorrect, yes, Sir Roger did make the tough choices and yes, many people lost their jobs but you have forgotten that the people of NZ returned Sir Roger with an increased majority in 87, these same people effectively said “yes, we know it hurts but please finish the job”.

    Kiwi’s have shown that they will go along with a strong leader if he is honest with them, they have also shown that they will take the hard knocks if they can see what needs to be done.
    All Neville Key has done is tell us that we can continue as normal, continue to borrow 1 Billion dollars a month while we stick out heads in the sand and while we keep supporting the bludgers in our community.

    Meanwhile, Lance and others can continue to be cheer leaders for the Nat’s.

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  23. Lance (2,618 comments) says:

    I don’t hate rugby Lucy…
    But the complete OTT obsession with the All Blacks is tiresome.
    I love a great game of rugby but every – fucking – night on TV one news there is some mindless 10 minute report on what Richey McCaw (or other player of note) had for breakfast or some equally inane drivel.
    All I ask for is some sense of proportion, there are some wonderful achievers in all strata of NZ society who never get mentioned, funded or even encouraged.

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  24. Ross Miller (1,686 comments) says:

    Hmmmmm … did you guys miss the doosey from ‘Sir’ Douglas that ey’s intervention to sort out the World Cup rangle was unprecidented and “boardering on Muldoonism”. So Douglas in revealed as the Prat he is. Intervention (however justified) a total no no.

    Clarly the Douglas Wing of ACT is of a mind to support the MTV bid come what ma and bugger the 10% of Kiwis that don’t subscribe to Sky and can’t get MTV.

    What a buch of tossers.

    Rodney, rein in your idiot fringe. They are yesterday’s men cloaked in a timewarp and do your mob no good whatsoever.

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  25. jcuknz (704 comments) says:

    LUCY .. I don’t hate it I just for the main ignore it and switch off TVNews [3] once they finish finance most nights. I did enjoy going to the pub and watching a match on large screen TV, ONCE, but that was the company rather than the game. But I do hate the way my Dunedin rates have gone up to pay for a rigny stadium when there are so many other things the Council should be spending on .. but the dammed rugby idiots, some call them the rugby mafia, have control … God help us.

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  26. Georgie (13 comments) says:

    how disgusting . . . the nation goes into meltdown over Maori Television using tax dollars (as TVNZ has for years and years years remember paul holmes $1m salary ?) . . and no one seems to care about a massive rugby ball that murray muccullys tourism gurus have paid for using tax dollars at a cost of $400k a day . . ? that ball is going to cost a hell of a lot more than the $3million so many people were howling about TPK . . .yet no one seems to give a care . . . the Maori TV debacle highlighted that xenophobia is alive and well in nz and in the highest levels of our government, thank god those cabinet ministers broke the law by leaking commercially sensitive info, forcing the PM to relent and let maori tv have a fair go . .

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  27. Georgie (13 comments) says:

    ps watching jonathan coleman squirm on telly this week was painful . . you dont have to be a body language expert to know he was lying through his teeth . . and then tv3s john campbell ambushed him at welly airport and followed him, tv crew and all, all the way to his limo . . . great reality tv, worthy of survivor . . .

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