Liar Liar Pants on Fire

Just before I get into a bit of afternoon work ahead of the new term, I thought I’d draw your attention to a little gem from our fabulously wealthy and truth-bending prime minister John Key.

Earlier this week TV3 released their latest opinion poll. As they do with many of their polls they tacked on a couple of “single issue” questions to gauge the nation’s interest / view.

This time their question asked whether they believed John Key or Kim Dotcom. This was in reaction to recent comments Dotcom made at the select committee looking into the changes allowing the GCSB to spy on all New Zealanders. At the hearing Dotcom suggested Key knew of him long before Key claims he did. Key continues to deny, deny, deny.

The survey found that around half (52%) of New Zealanders believe the German tech millionaire and just a third (34%) believed the prime minister.

Here’s the kicker. When Key was interviewed about this he said:

Any number of surveys taken during the year will show you that the public are quite sceptical about what politicians actually say, and I suspect there’s a bit of that built into those poll numbers.

No worries about noone believing him. No concern at the low regard people hold politicians in and what this means for our democracy.

If politicians know the public don’t believe a word they say then they will say just about anything – as this current National Party is showing us. It’s all lies and subterfuge.

It’s not the quarter of kiwi kids in poverty that are impacting on their educational outcomes. It’s the teachers. Just the teachers. Nothing else. Oh… and maybe we should give heaps of money to unproven charity/businesses who’ve never run schools in this country before to run some schools. That will definitely work.

Because it has in all the other countries where it’s been tried.

The great problem with all this is that nearly half of New Zealanders (49.5%) are still keen to vote Key and his government.

I just don’t understand it. Either we really love untrustworthy people we don’t believe OR we have less trust and faith in the other guy to take over.

No wonder a quarter of us can’t be bothered turning out to vote when this is the choice we’ve got.

Enjoy your first day of Term 3 teachies!

Mr B


Public Sides with Dotcom (video) – 3 News, 25 July, 2013.

Public Sides with Dotcom (text) – 3 News, 25 July, 2013.

Poll Shows Drop for Labour Again – 3 News, 21 July, 2013.


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