Labour and their media flunkies like the Soper family are really clutching at straws.
This is a total beatup.
A company, on Tourism NZ retainer, lobbies for the PM to appear on Letterman so he can talk up NZ as Tourism Minister.
So now Trevor Mallard/Zetetic (http://thestandard[dot]org[dot]nz/you-paid-to-get-try-hard-john-on-the-telly/) is trying to make some kind of issue over a retainer – which is paid regardless of the activity.
This latest story from the Soper family (it first surfaced on NewstalkZB – read Barry Soper – and was followed eagerly on TVNZ – read Heather Du Plesis Allen or Mrs Soper as she is otherwise known) deserves context.
And for that we need to ask what has happened in the past? … hmm
“Taxpayers contributed $250,000 on accommodation and transport costs for the Prime Minister and the Discovery crew, which is headed by top United States travel correspondent Peter Greenberg.”
So, even if you’re gullible enough to believe that Key ‘paid for his appearance‘ as some are claiming – you have to credit him for getting a great deal.
Discovery Channel, Helen Clark = $250,000
Letterman, John Key = $10,000
Anyone remember the Helen Clark doco?
Good to see Labour still focused on the big issues – $10K for prime time US exposure – great work John Key.
Looks like Labour is still stuck on stealing underpants.