Unfortunately for them, and this includes Martyn “DBD” Bradbury, John Key never directly said those words. They should not be in quotes.
The Listener article from 2005 expressly doesn’t use quotes and so John Key never actually said those words. Here is the context:
It might be sick, but it also might be why Key’s children – Stephanie, 12, and Max, 10 – go to private schools. Mostly, he says, that decision was for educational reasons. Their schools have smaller classes and are better resourced than most state schools. But he acknowledges that the connections children make are also important.
The article was talking about access to high paying jobs through connections made at school or universities such as Harvard. The context is important.
Now I was excoriated by the left for making a video of Jim Anderton after a mainstream news organisation wrongly reported that Jim Anderton had said it would take an earthquake for him not to be elected Mayor of Christchurch. Let’s see if they will apply the same rigourous standards to themselves as they applied to me, even though my video came out a whole day after the mainstream media had reported the event.
I would suggest that Martyn Bradbury, one who constantly harps on about the Anderton issue will merrily use the image above and never correct it. Let’s see if Clare Curran corrects her post.