Returning the DVDs

March 4th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff has an extract from the the women’s mags about the 30th anniversary of John and ’s marriage. Had a wee chuckle about John learning that he’s learnt answering back is not a good strategy, and also how Bronagh had set a time limit on how long he can use his new waterblaster for (they are so fun to use!).

What struck me was this line:

He also dropped off his own dry-cleaning and returned DVDs.

It’s just such a normal thing to do – both hiring DVDs for family viewing, but also dropping them back. What I mean by that is that when you are Prime Minister it is very easy to get caught up in your own importance. You have an entire country to run. You work 80+ hour weeks. You need to prioritise your valuable time to the areas where you can make the most difference. So it would be very easy to have a view that it is ridiculous for you to be the family member who pops the DVDs back to the video store.

But the fact he does, I think says a lot about why he is still so popular. He has stayed remarkably down to earth, ranging from beer pong to delivering pizza to his son to dropping back the DVDs. Some will say nah it is all an act, but with respect I disagree entirely. You can’t fake that.

I’m not saying that is a reason to vote for him – absolutely not. I’m saying it is part of why he has remained very popular.

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29 Responses to “Returning the DVDs”

  1. s.russell (1,649 comments) says:

    A country gets the politicians it deserves, supposedly.

    I have the horrible guilty feeling that John Key is actually far better than New Zealand deserves.

    But fear not! Labour/Greens are doing their best to ensure it all averages out right.

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  2. dime (10,215 comments) says:

    Imagine if it was a female saying she had learned not to answer back..

    Apart from that though, JK is just a good guy.

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  3. Duxton (658 comments) says:

    This is clearly right wing media bias. It’s a conspiracy. How much did Key pay for that story? yarp yarp yarp

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  4. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    when you are Prime Minister it is very easy to get caught up in your own importance.

    You sound like you have experience as PM.

    [DPF: As PM no. But I have worked in the PMs Office and probably spent more time observing various PMs than most people]

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  5. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    He probably does it as a way of getting out of the house for ten minutes.

    Wife telling him what to do, and teenaged kids.

    Poor bastard.

    We love you JK! No homo.

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  6. KiwiGreg (3,278 comments) says:

    He’s history’s greatest monster!

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  7. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    More importantly, children living in poverty will be delighted to learn John Key has the time to drop off videos.

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  8. Camryn (481 comments) says:

    What are these “DVDs” and “video stores” of which you speak? How does movie watching have anything to do with physical retrieval of some object from some location or another?

    Signed,
    The Present Day

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  9. flipper (4,332 comments) says:

    The only thing that surprises me is hat fuckwit rossie69 has NOT taken the time machine back to 1899.

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  10. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    ross69: Go get a job and stop living in envy of our popular, capable, and extremely wealthy (through his own ability and hard work) prime minister. You type of lazy, bludging, left-wing losers, deserve everything you get . . . hopefully nothing. The only poverty is the wastage of benefits given to a/holes like you!

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  11. RRM (10,099 comments) says:

    Ross69:

    If any children are living in actual POVERTY in NZ (land of the long white welfare system) it is because of the abject failure of their shitty-arse parents, who drink or smoke their bene instead of feeding their own children.

    Not because of anything JK’s done.

    Get a job.

    [Edit: fcuk me, I agree with igm about something.]

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  12. peterwn (3,335 comments) says:

    Keith Holyoake was similar, with his Molesworth St haircuts, walk to work, etc. No wonder some leading Nats wanted to get 41 Pipitea St for the party when it became surplus to the government.

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  13. labrator (1,851 comments) says:

    More importantly, children living in poverty while ross69 uses a computer and the internet to whine about successful people making a positive contribution to the well being of all New Zealanders.

    If you weren’t a complete and utter hypocrite ross69 you’d sell your computer and give the money to charity.

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  14. tvb (4,556 comments) says:

    Jk is a damn good guy and he is our best PM by far in our times. He has felled 3 Labour Leaders and is well on the way to felling his 4th. He makes the job of PM look easy but it isn’t as the various Leaders of the Labour Party have found out.

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  15. freemark (660 comments) says:

    It’s not woss69’s fault. He does & says what his UK import Socialist fraudulently elected troughing local board politician partner tells him to. I know he was hung up with white straight male guilt at one stage, he is happily undergoing psychological castration for the cause.

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  16. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    Go get a job

    I’ve got one, but thanks for your concern. Oh and you might like to tone down your comments lest readers think of you as someone who left school at 15 without any qualifications.

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  17. gump (1,683 comments) says:

    John and Bronagh seem like nice people.

    I’m pleased to read that they’ve had a happy marriage.

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  18. Paulus (2,711 comments) says:

    I was paying for a Brunch on a recent Sunday morning at a Parnell Coffee Bar and who came in waiting behind me to get two takeaway coffees – no guessing. Just said “Good Morning, have a good day”.

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  19. RightNow (7,015 comments) says:

    children living in poverty will be delighted to learn John Key has the time to drop off videos

    They’ll be wondering why he doesn’t just download movies and watch them on the big flat screen TV, like their parents do while they’re having a few drinks and smoking a big joint. Of course they still can’t afford to give the kids breakfast in the morning.

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  20. DrDr (113 comments) says:

    I think John Key has the common touch that David Cunliffe just can’t seem to find. I’m not sure whether John will go down in history as a great PM. but he will always be remembered for being a good guy.

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  21. davidp (3,585 comments) says:

    >It’s just such a normal thing to do – both hiring DVDs for family viewing

    Why is he hiring DVDs? Has Max been caught on his third strike and the Keys have lost their broadband?

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  22. labrator (1,851 comments) says:

    …lest readers think of you as someone who left school at 15 without any qualifications.

    You say that like it’s a bad thing.

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  23. DJP6-25 (1,390 comments) says:

    A PM who does the kind of things Joe and Jane six pack would do; whilst not secretly despising everything they stand for. Long may it continue.

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  24. dirty harry (527 comments) says:

    ” wah..wah..wah..wah..wah.. ”

    shut up ross69

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  25. OneTrack (3,364 comments) says:

    ross – “lest readers think of you as someone who left school at 15 without any qualifications.”

    You’re saying the NZ education system failed someone else? Say it isn’t so.

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  26. thedavincimode (6,890 comments) says:

    ross69

    These away games are always tough. :lol:

    I thought it was a good comeback, but clearly, the voice of the people prevails! :)

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  27. tuesday88 (11 comments) says:

    what’s all this about child poverty and it being “someone elses fault”? Perhaps if these losers stopped rooting without protection, then they would not have kids they cant afford. I cant believe the lack of personal responsibility of all those people. Having kids without a plan to financially support them (and expecting the State to pick op the cost) is irresponsible, madness, insanity, and most of all, completely unfair on the kids themselves. Condemning them to a childhood of struggle is just about the worst gift you can give a child and it is all their parent’s responsibility. After all, no-one forced them to have unprotected sex!!!!!

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  28. Daigotsu (471 comments) says:

    @DPF: Which PMs, in your opinion, have got caught up in their own importance?

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  29. Daphne Whitethigh (16 comments) says:

    David, are you seriously saying that returning DVDs is a vote catcher? How so? Is this a favour to Mrs Key? To his kids? Can’t he afford the fine? I’m not sure you’re helping the case for a forward-thinking, egalitarian, modern New Zealand.

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