Keith Locke is a tool

Former Green taliban loon and Pol Pot fanboi, Keith Locke, thinks John Key should go to the funeral of a dictator. I suppose when you were an apologist for Pol Pot anything goes.

Hugo Chavez was a dictator. Key should no more go to his funeral than that of Robert Mugabe.

Prime Minister John Key’s refusal to attend the funeral of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez is a “mind-boggling political blunder,” a former MP says.

Key expressed his condolences after the death of the fiery revolutionary president this week, but said he won’t be going to Caracas for the service on Saturday (Friday in Venezuela). He is currently on a ten-day trade mission across Latin America, and talks with Chilean president Sebastian Pinera have been delayed to account for the memorial.

Former Green MP Keith Locke says Key is wasting an opportunity to rub shoulders with leaders in the increasingly influential region. 

“He seems blind to what the funeral will be: a major gathering of Latin American leaders to mourn the death of an incumbent president,” Locke said.

“Mr Key has the good fortune to be in Latin America, and could easily attend… Mr Key’s excuse, that New Zealand has “not much really in the form of a political relationship” is beside the point. This is a funeral, attended by the Latin American presidents who are hosting Mr Key on his trip, and our Prime Minister should be there. He is missing a great opportunity to show his support to the whole of Latin America.”

Key has dismissed suggestions a New Zealand presence would upset the US. Washington today announced it will send a delegation to Caracas. Chavez’s socialist policies and support for Syria and Iran made him an long-term enemy of the US.


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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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