McCarten thinks John Key cares that a Maori Cult dislike him

Matt McCarten has turned his brain off and written a silly, snarky piece for Herald on Sunday about how unpopular John Key apparently is with the Exclusive Bro-thren’s.

I have called them a cult church and I will repeat it again, they are the Exclusive Bro-thren. Who cares if a bunch of sect Maori like you or not?  They even changed the rules banning women speaking on a Marae when it suited them.  When rules are changed for Metiria Turei to speak you know those extending the pleasure are an extremist bunch of nutters belonging on a list with Destiny Church.

McCarten has gone all whiny again about the sacking of Kate Wilkinson and a guy I have already forgotten. Phil? The guy who John Key  stuck his neck out for before.

Given they only got told about it hours before their dear leader gratuitously humiliated them revealed something ugly in Key’s psychological makeup. 

There is never a time to deliver bad news and in politics McCarten knows as well as anyone that the pre-warn only allows for leaks. Those of us on the right never knew Matt cared so much for the careers of two “privileged” European National Ministers over that of a Maori from a poor upbringing.

Their meek acceptance of humiliation and the ending of their political careers certainly shows Key, like any hunter, knows to pick the weakest members of the herd when it comes to a cull.

And here is where McCarten’s argument falls completely over.

The weakest and most vulnerable member of the herd in 2012 was Hekia Parata. Key saved her. McCarten believes it was because Hekia’s failure is his failure.

His determination to protect Hekia Parata makes sense when we realise he handpicked her straight on to his front bench. Her failure is his failure. Key has covered himself by appointing two competent associate ministers to keep her from screwing up too much. Good luck with that.

But Kate Wilkinson was appointed to cabinet by John Key as well after just one term as a List MP. Parata’s selection as an unsuccessful National candidate pre-dates John Key as Leader to the Brash-English days in 2002.  John Key might have promoted Parata but he also did so with Wilkinson after not much time and he sacked her.

While McCarten needs to change the broken record in his attempt to write so many snarky anti-National columns it causes John Key to suddenly not be the Preferred PM, Damien Grant is a breath of fresh air in HoS outlining the crock of “child poverty” in New Zealand

Compare the cost of your iPhone to your donations to Oxfam. Despite not actually caring, a few want others to think they do. This is why they have a picture of a sponsor child on their $2000 fridge. Most do not even do that.

If we ignore starving African children then there is no moral basis to help relatively well-fed Kiwi kids.

And

If your parents earn less than $600 a week, you are living in poverty. Not because this is not enough money to live on, but because it is 60 per cent of the median average income, a formula that guarantees poverty.

McCarten should respond to that next week rather than focus on how a Maori cult smoking way too much electric-puha invited their old friend over for a sleep-over on the floor now they come carrying more lollies.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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