John Key

Oh no the horror, at least she won’t wear one in NZ

The media are hitting Bronagh Key this time.

She will apparently wear a head scarf on a visit to Saudi Arabia.

The women travelling on John Key’s trade mission to the Gulf will be expected to cover up in the style of Islam when they visit Saudi Arabia later today.

President Obama’s wife Michelle refused to don the garb when they visited the country recently, but John Key’s wife Bronagh will adhere to the rules.

Another woman on the mission, Lesley Kennedy from Maven International’s been travelling to the region for the past five years and says being a woman actually gives her a competitive advantage over men.

“I don’t feel discriminated against at all. The men here are incredibly respectful to me.

“I’ve never felt discriminated against. At all.” Read more »

The next outrage to level against John Key

Key Derangement Syndrome is reaching previously unseen levels.

The latest outrage is him seeking free trade agreements and increased trade with Saudi Arabia…who execute people.

Of course the Labour party and their hard left supporters said nothing when the Labour party under Helen Clark pursued and ultimately succeeded in garnering a free trade agreement with China, who execute thousands every year and have a human rights record that is one of the worst in the world.

This is the justification of the left in not doing anything against ISIS…because Saudi Arabia executed people with beheadings too…

John Key will arrive in Saudi Arabia today with the hope of getting high-level commitment from the new King to a free trade agreement with the Gulf states, which has been all but finalised since 2009.

Mr Key has been in the United Arab Emirates for the past two days and today’s stop will be the first visit by a New Zealand Prime Minister to Saudi Arabia.

Mr Key is scheduled to meet King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, who has been king since January after the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah.

Mr Key’s wife, Bronagh, will be wearing an abaya in Saudi Arabia, a robe-like dress covering all but the hands and head. A business delegation and Trade Negotiations Minister Tim Groser are also travelling with the Prime Minister.

Mr Key has been urged to take up the issue of human rights abuses with the Saudi leadership, particularly executions, of which there have been 50 this year, mainly by beheading according to Amnesty International.

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Observations of ANZAC Day at Gallipoli

Now I am back in Dubai after sitting for hours on buses and spending a day touring Istanbul I thought ‘d write a post about general observations of Turkey, Gallipoli and ANZAC day.

It must have been difficult managing the transit of more than 20,000 people plus all the support crews to ensure people were safe and secure for the centenary. Of course there are issues, but moving that many people down a single road more than 400kms from Istanbul would be a nightmare.

Fortunately it as all handled really well, except for the timings which became frustrating. But we all got there, and all got back so it worked. Why things became frustrating was basically due to wrong or lack of proper information.

For example in all literature it states that travel to and from Istanbul is about 5 and half hours. This is so wrong it became a standing joke. It would be that time in a car with no traffic or security check points.

On the 24th we were picked up at 0600 from the hotel and delivered to Taksim Square to the big bus…we waited there 1 hour. The first of many waits. As we drove to the Blue Mosque we actually drove past our hotel again…so the 1 hour wait was unnecessary and also the early rise.

At the Blue Mosque there were over 300 coaches and we waited there for two hours before moving off. So far we had spent more time waiting than driving. Everything was starting to have a classic army “hurry up and wait” look and feel.

We proceeded out of Istanbul and down the freeways on the peninsula, by this time the bus was rambunctious…with Kiwis and Aussie liberally sledging each other  with light hearted banter. We had a good bunch of people on our bus apart from one bag…but you always have one in every group.

The five and half hours was long since past.    Read more »

Photo Of The Day

Photo: John Key Facebook

Photo: John Key Facebook

The Loved Ones Left Behind

 Widows of fallen heroes make emotional trip to Anzac Cove to remember the men they lost.

 John Key and Tony Abbott met with Prince Charles and Prince Harry after the dawn service and spent time with Australian World War One widows who even had gifts for the Princes.

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Armstrong laments Key gets away with another one

One particular word had been noticeably absent from [John Key’s critics] carefully crafted public statements.

That word is the ”R” word – resignation.

With the story still unfolding with unpredictable twists and turns, it is far too early to call for Mr Key to fall on his sword.

Saying that he should do so could be counterproductive in only succeeding in generating sympathy for Mr Key.

Better to wait until it is possible to assess on whose side – Mr Key’s or Ms Bailey’s – majority public opinion lies.

It has taken a while, but Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First have finally worked out that turning the public against Mr Key will not be achieved by making shrill demands that he depart Premier House once and for all every time he has a lapse in judgement.

Those parties have learned from bitter experience that calls for Mr Key to go perversely tend to have the opposite effect in consolidating support behind him. Read more »


Labour’s favoured poll shows the Little experiment has faltered

Labour has dropped below 30% in Labour’s favoured poll, the Roy Morgan. Labour loves this poll, consistently claiming it is the most accurate.

Little’s tactical plan in helping Winston Peters take Northland is increasingly looking like a strategic blunder.

Labour were cock-a-hoop at National losing Northland, but they won’t be now with Winston Peters gaining legitimacy as the real opposition leader.

Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a slight weakening for the National-led Government 48% (down 1.5% since March), but retaining a strong lead over a potential Labour/Greens Coalition 41% (down 1%). The beneficiaries of this loss of support was New Zealand First 8.5% (up 2.5%) following on from NZ First Leader Winston Peter’s successful campaign at the recent Northland by-election according to today’s Roy Morgan New Zealand April poll.

Support for National has dropped to 45.5% (down 1%) and support for Prime Minister John Key’s Coalition partners the Maori Party has dropped to 1.5% (down 0.5%). Support for Key’s other two Coalition partners is unchanged: Act NZ 1% (unchanged) and United Future is still on 0% (unchanged).

Despite the rise in support for the Opposition Parties on the whole, Labour’s decision to advise Labour supporters to vote for NZ First Leader Winston Peters in the Northland by-election appears to have dented Labour support – now at 27.5% (down 3.5%). In contrast, support has increased strongly for both the Greens 13.5% (up 2.5%) and NZ First 8.5% (up 2.5%).

For the parties outside Parliament the Conservative Party of NZ is 1% (down 0.5%) while the Internet-Mana Party alliance is at 0% (unchanged) and support for Independent/ Others is 1.5% (up 0.5%).


Labour strategists won’t be liking this.


– Roy Morgan

Guest Post – The culture of victimhood

I do get extremely irritated by the current culture of victimhood which is taking on a sanctity all of its own. Thou shalt not pull a woman’s hair in case she suffers for ever and ever. For heavens sake, get a life. It does demonstrate what a safe and sheltered life we live in New Zealand, where headlines are made when our PM pulls someone’s hair.

Around the world people are being killed because they are different from the person on the end of a gun or an axe. Women are being repeatedly raped because a man wants to dominate by power. Homosexuals are being thrown off roofs and killed. Not one person here and another there, but in their thousands. We are celebrating (what an odd idea to celebrate this event) a terrible component of a terrible war a hundred years ago this week. A war that killed a number of New Zealanders. What would they think of the outrage heaped on our Prime Minister? For pulling a girls hair? They would laugh themselves silly.

But also what does this say of our women? To me it says they are not competent to look after themselves. That they need whole government departments to look after them. That victim hood is an honourable profession.    Read more »

Armstrong on Key and the Ponytail

John Armstrong goes for the doctor on John Key.

In the Court of King John, someone needs to tell the Prime Minister when he is behaving like a jerk.

Someone in John Key’s inner circle needs to take the traditional jester’s role of being the fool who can tell the sovereign he is a fool when everyone else is too obsequious, too obliging or too deferential to do so.

It would also be a good idea to suggest to the Prime Minister that he gets his pigtail fetish under control.

It goes without saying that Key’s repeated pulling of the hair of a waitress at an Auckland cafe he frequents was utterly inappropriate.    Read more »

The ineptitude of the left

The left wing have put on one of their own dirty politics hit jobs against the Prime Minister.

The irony of a man with the misogynistic background of Martyn Martin Bradbury now standing up for what is now apparent is a very politically motivated woman is huge.

Her bosses, Hip Group owners Jackie Grant and Scott Brown, told the Herald they were disappointed Ms Bailey – who they say has “strong political points of view” – went public rather than coming to them directly with her concerns. However, they are hoping to “put this all behind us” now.

But put that to one side for now. I want to talk about the political team that wants to govern the country and they can’t even put together a rather simple hit job.

Let’s start with source protection. Martyn Martin Bradbury was at pains to explain how this woman was “vulnerable” and need anonymity…yet when the story broke I said to my team that there were only two possible places that this could have occurred as described and named the most obvious one. I was right, it was Rosies.   Read more »

Face of the day

Playground behaviour.

A six-year-old comes crying to his Mum because his little sister pulled his hair.
“Don’t be angry,” the Mum says, “Your little sister doesn’t realise that pulling hair hurts.
A short while later, there’s more crying, and the Mum goes to investigate.This time the sister is bawling and her brother says, “Now she knows.”