Herald on Labour’s attacks

May 10th, 2011 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The editorial:

Last week it was his police protection, this week Premier House. The week before, it was the Prime Minister’s use of air force travel, before that, the limousine fleet replacement. seems to think the public begrudges John Key the usual trappings of office.

Not that police protection is one of the trappings. Labour’s claim that anyone would enjoy or invite the company of a security squad was silly beyond words.

I think “silly beyond words” is the polite equivalent of “fucking stupid”.

Premier House in Wellington, where Prime Ministers can live and entertain, is being repainted and recarpeted at a cost of $275,000. Mr Key says it had not been repainted for 11 years. He says he is happy to accept any scrutiny he is put under but wonders why Labour is raising such trivial issues. He is not alone.

I encourage Labour to continue with their campaign. I’m looking forward to the next installment where they reveal that the PMs Office uses 100 gsm paper in their printers and that they could save money if they went for 80 gsm paper.

The public remembers that Labour’s last Prime Minister made use of Premier House, that her police protection was accommodated in a house beside her own in Auckland and that she used the air force or chauffeured limousines when it suited her. It is odd that one of her senior Cabinet ministers, Pete Hodgson, should be leading these lame attacks on her successor.

He should be among the last to question, for example, whether a Prime Minister needs security accompanying him inside Parliament buildings sometimes. Helen Clark asked for it when members of the Exclusive Brethren sect used to try to speak to her on her walk to the chamber.

And Whale Oil produced half a dozen photos showing this.

Labour’s leader should call him off. Most of the public finds this focus on the Prime Minister’s office trite and desperate. In the days leading up to a Budget, the Opposition should be promoting its own view of the state of the economy and what it would do about it. If it needs to criticise Mr Key, his risk-aversion gives Labour plenty of grounds. He has ruled out increasing the pension age, a levy for Christchurch and capital gains tax. He needs to do more than he may find palatable if more private investment is to flow into productive ventures.

Normal expenses of state are nickels and dimes beside the decisions the country needs.

And the reality is that Key has brought in an unprecedented level of transparency over Ministerial spending, has banned taxpayer funded Ministerial travel for spouses, and also banned first class travel (which under Labour could be used for anything beyond Australia).

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25 Responses to “Herald on Labour’s attacks”

  1. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    I have been saying this on Redalert ever since it was launched (or when I started reading it). The playing of the man is std fare for them . They must stop it .. will they, no way. Mallard needs to retire and Hippy get a life. I won’t menton Fenton

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  2. BeaB (2,144 comments) says:

    I have just listened to Goff and Creepy Pete taking up all their questions with this kind of trivia with King asking inane questions about why Key doesn’t react immediately to TV programmes.

    I can only think Labour is now pitching itself to the voting public that couldn’t pass School Cert.

    I know it appeals to people who think Key wants to be emperor but having $55 million of your own probably satisfies any delusions of grandeur.

    And when I think of Helen Clark in her Jane Daniels clothes, first class travel, lavish use of perks, five homes and millionairess status, I wonder where some of these guys were over the last decade.

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  3. lastmanstanding (1,300 comments) says:

    The last thing we must do is discourage Goof and his mates from making up these idiotic criticsims of JK. The more the merrier. The dumb Socialists havent figured out the citizens have seen thru them. There is no policy No grand plan. Nothing except carping and whining on.

    The world has moved on from the Socialists and they just dont get it

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  4. Positan (393 comments) says:

    The New Zealand Labour Party as it now stands – the living end in hypocrisy, snitchiness, mega-irrelevant concepts and masturbatory pursuit of self-gratification.

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  5. gravedodger (1,569 comments) says:

    If the total income earned by all those on the opposition benches from employment in the private sector was added up it wouldn’t equal 1% of what JK earned so we are setting the bar far too high when we expect nous,common sense or pragmatism.
    OTOH we don’t want them to see the utter stupidity of their pathetic attempts to make traction with this do we, for a start it is too entertaining and they havn’t worked out how to tax it yet. He He He..

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  6. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Its one thing to have a plan, its another story entirely to sick to the plan that is flying you into the moutntain.

    Most Useless Pricks People Ever THought Suitable.

    MUPPETS!

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  7. RightNow (6,995 comments) says:

    Labour have aspirations of scraping the bottom of the barrel. That would be an upward move for them.

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  8. Komata (1,197 comments) says:

    Given that DPF is very generous with his time and tolerates Free Speech, and in the spirit of the right of a civilised reply, perhaps he should invite Mr Mallard to put his case and justify the money that that ‘gentleman’ is paid as an elected Member of Parliament acting on behalf of his electorate. . .

    Just a thought.

    (BTW – please note that I used the word ‘Civilised’)

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  9. Pete George (23,682 comments) says:

    Who was it who said: “If you are making mistakes that keep blowing up in your face keep on doing it until you have no face left”?

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  10. RightNow (6,995 comments) says:

    Pete – it was my 4th form science teacher.

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  11. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Faceless Willie? Knew him well RN.

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  12. RightNow (6,995 comments) says:

    Not Willie-less Face? The drama teacher, after he got caught with a schoolgirl by her dad.

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  13. RightNow (6,995 comments) says:

    Although the teacher I’ll never forget (except his name) was the metal-work teacher with two and a half fingers missing.

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  14. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Wasn’t that dad the one who cought him because he could see who had been looking at his daughters facebook profile RN?

    Our metalwork teacher was invited to retire early after it was discovered that years of people complaining that he threw things at them in class turned out to be true.

    Sharp metal things.

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  15. slightlyrighty (2,475 comments) says:

    Labour just do not learn. Their entire 2008 campaign was focussed on attacking john Key at every opportunity, warranted or not. Remember Clark telling Key not to shout like he did at home? Remember the singing womens collective at the Labour party conference? Remember the H-Fee?

    Remember where that got them? Labour don’t.

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  16. KiwiGreg (3,259 comments) says:

    “the PMs Office uses 100 gsm paper in their printers ”

    Key uses 100 gsm paper? That’s the paper Hitler used as well.

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  17. KiwiGreg (3,259 comments) says:

    @ Murray – you didnt go to Seddon did you, that’s what our metal work teacher did too. Sadistic wanker that he was.

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  18. Komata (1,197 comments) says:

    (Yes, I know that this is starting to sound like something out of ‘Python), but you lot only got sharp pieces of metal? You should be so lucky. Our metalwork/woodwork teacher was renowned for his ability with a cricket ball, the only minor and unimpotant detail being that he used to practice his throw in class! Let’s just say his aim was VERY good, and that the colour red is impossible to remove from the tops of varnished wooden desks. . .

    And not a parent ever complained. .

    BTW – what IS it about ‘Technical’ teachers that makes them act that way?

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  19. Sofia (862 comments) says:

    The trouble with Labour’s recent tactics is that in the exchanges you often learn more about the accuser than the target

    The public remembers that Labour’s last Prime Minister made use of Premier House …

    Yes, I knew that

    … that her police protection was accommodated in a house beside her own in Auckland …

    See? – there’s something I didn’t know – and of course I wonder how much all that cost, in comparison to what Labour is now complaining about.

    … and that she used the air force or chauffeured limousines when it suited her.

    Yes, and she wasn’t concerned what speed they did either – that’s all old stuff.
    But keep it coming Phil.

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  20. Steve (4,587 comments) says:

    Fuck it is real hot in this thread ain’t it Trevor? I’m not clear about your visits to the South Island

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  21. holysheet (426 comments) says:

    We had a “technical” teacher , a small pommey bastard who canned the whole class because “someone” poked a hole in the sand mould he had just made to show us how to make a metal casting of an ashtray. No body owned up at the time, so he gave us all 6 of the best. After 43 years I guess its time to own up.

    I know he was a staunch labourite, always going on about the torries and how they had fucked the working class. What is it about teachers?

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  22. magic bullet (776 comments) says:

    “Labour’s claim that anyone would enjoy or invite the company of a security squad was silly beyond words.”

    Key’s not enjoying the company of the security squad. They’re there out of necessity. Looks like Key is worried more for his safety in Hawaii than he is in NZ. Either that, or he’s meeting up with people, and he wants to keep it secret. Key knows that the uncovering of American bag-men, or masters would kill his popularity before lunchtime’s over.

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  23. Inventory2 (10,414 comments) says:

    Oh, the old American bag-man meme. It didn’t work for Mallard last election MB, and the more that Labour and its lackeys (like you) try to run it out now, the more Key’s popularity rises.

    PS “Gone by lunchtime” has been proven to be a fantasy too; Wikileaks has had some benefits.

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  24. thedavincimode (6,871 comments) says:

    mb

    Your envious fixation with Key is bad enough, but then you start channelling the mad woman. You really need to get a grip.

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  25. KiwiGreg (3,259 comments) says:

    @ komata we had a teacher who was such a polific caner he even made into the local rag after a particular mass caning incident

    ohh, and we had to lick road clean wit’ tongue!

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