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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  • The Greens have long been sympathetic towards Chavez, I list some of their pro-Chavez press releases at the end of this http://libertyscott.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/chavezs-destructive-legacy.html

  • tarkwin

    I reckon Mr Locke should pop along to the funeral. I’d be happy to donate towards his plane ticket, of course on the proviso that he doesn’t come back. And lets face it, the crime rate in that particular socialist paradise is so high not getting robbed is like winning Lotto. And of course there’s probably a fifty fifty chance of a coup / revolution while he’s there – perhaps even two or three of them!

  • Phar Lap

    Send knickers Norman,the Aussie commie wetback import from joke green party,give him a one way ticket., even better send fat froggie Turei with him.

    • Agent BallSack

      For Christs sake don’t do that..you couldn’t trust them not to make deals with every other crackpot dictator there.

      • blazer

        not to mention the deals the west made with Suharto,Marcos,Hussein,Gaddaffi,M’boto…to mention just a few!

        • Tom

          Didn’t go to their funerals either….

          • Caused most of their funerals too when they didn’t follow the play sheet

        • Agent BallSack

          Most likely all suggested by that awesome NWO of the left, the UN. Countries have a right to be traded with and can be sanctioned for not trading with other countries regardless of who is in power.

  • blokeintakapuna

    What more could NZinc expect from the Greens, when they would quickly drop their political trousers to jump into bed with the likes of Labour, NZ1st and Mana parties… For the baubles of any kind of political power/opportunity they could grasp.

  • Joe Bloggs

    That’s the same Hugo Chavez who championed the Organisation of American States’ decision to adopt the Anti-Corruption Convention, while amassing a personal fortune of over a billion dollars….?

    In Venezuela, where homicide rates nearly quadrupled during his administration…?

    ironic that Locke would want us cozying up and endorsing a regime that was so heavily criticised by Amnesty International

    • blazer

      Chavez is a visionary in fact an angel compared to the regime in Saudi Arabia.

      • Mike

        So you are saying good and evil are relative? Typical liberal BS!

        • blazer

          typical selective nonsense from a right winger trying to justify their hypocrisy.

          • Agent BallSack

            Typical liberal bullshit soundbite wheeled out when caught in a lie.

          • blazer

            name the lie…..if you can.

          • Cadwallader

            Whose hypocrisy?

      • Oh that makes his crimes ok then

        • blazer

          no it just highlights double standards and principles of convenience some people have.

          • Mike

            And let’s face it, no one knows more about double standards and principles of convenience than liberals.

          • blazer

            thats just your jaundiced opinion…no one can mistake it for fact.

          • Cadwallader

            This doesn’t highlight any form of double standard but serves to exhibit your willed blindness.

          • unsol

            Worryingly, I agree. But politics is synonymous with double standards unfortunately, so it merely becomes a question of whose double standards you can live with.

            And most of us on here find those of the left beyond intolerable.

  • John1234

    Locke is a loon all right.

    He’s vehemently opposed to the western presence in Afghanistan and Iraq, but is on record as supporting the brutal Soviet presence in Afghanistan in the 80s.

    He’s on record as supporting Pol Pot, but claims to be an advocate of human rights!

    He’s ideologically opposed to free trade, but tried to make out that Key should be at the funeral of a despot because it would be good for our trade!

    I can imagine the offence the countries there would have taken if Key rocked up at the funeral and then started trying to shake up a few trade opportunities!

    • blokeintakapuna

      Pragmatic reality can always be trumped by political opportunism especially when one might get their name mentioned ina media sound bite…

    • blazer

      the U.S and their allies supported Pol Pot.

      • Cadwallader

        Eh???

        • kohibruce

          Certainly US did support Pol Pot on the basis the enemy of my enemy “the Vietnamese’ is my friend. Kissinger was the architect.

        • blazer

          smartest thing you ‘ve said all day.

    • unsol

      “but is on record as supporting the brutal Soviet presence in Afghanistan in the 80s”

      Pure gold that is……what did you say about double standards blazer???

  • why has the has been been given airtime, ffs

  • John1234

    Oh, it’s worth popping over to theStranded to see the useful idiots over there weeping over Chavez. They simply adore him and refuse to acknowledge the human rights abuses and loss of freedom in Venezuela.

    The ends always justifies the means with these types. They cannot be trusted with power.

    • blazer

      hows this for rights in that bastion of ‘freedom’ the U.S.A…….’ the heart of the Obama administration’s policy which it believes is fully legal and can withstand any challenge in the courts. The Obama administration believes it has the full authority to kill any citizen it deems as a threat at any time, any place, and using any weapon it chooses. No arrest. No trial. No verdict. No sentence . . .”

    • cruiseyman

      Yikes, just read three comments over there and had to get out quick!

    • unsol

      “Oh, it’s worth popping over to theStranded to see the useful idiots over there weeping over Chavez”

      Don’t you mean it’s almost worth popping over there……..nothing they can say or do is actually ever worth sullying ones brain with such foolery!!!

    • Morrissey

      You should read the Standard more carefully, John. Many of them—most of them—are as anti-Chavez as robotically anti-Chavez as any of the comments on this board. That’s because they are loyal readers of the fervently anti-Chavez Guardian and avid listeners to the fervently anti-Chavez BBC.

      • Blair Mulholland

        Guardian? Anti-Chavez?!! They’re live-blogging his funeral! Pull the other one!

        • Morrissey

          You obviously have not READ it.

  • johnbronkhorst

    “Keith Locke is a tool”…. Not like you to misrepresent any situation Cam. After all….tools are useful!!

    • Bunswalla

      Only if you have the right tool for the job, so….not so much

      • williamabong

        Yes but mummy and daddy would be so proud, not becase he made any sense, just that he’s singing from party song book.
        Just another deluded pinko wanker, making a noise and keeping sane people awake.

    • Some tools are broken and should be thrown out.

  • blazer

    Locke is quite correct.If you’re on a trade goodwill tour to Sth America and the very people you are trying to impress are showing their respects to another Sth American leader,its a no brainer.

    • Joe Bloggs

      ‘onyer Blazey – every village needs its idiot. Thanks for being ours.

      • blazer

        the competition is rather fierce…I dont think I can prevail….thanks for the support.

      • jonno1

        JOE BLOGGS: ” ‘onyer Blazey – every village needs its idiot. Thanks for being ours.”
        BLAZER: “Oh no, I’m not the village idiot. But when the present one retires, I’m at the top of the list!”

        • blazer

          so when are you retiring?

          • jonno1

            Ha, good one blazer. But sorry, not any time soon.

    • John1234

      Key is not trying to impress Nicaragua, Bolivia, Cuba or their close friends Syria and Nth Korea (and formerly Libya and Iraq). They’re the only ones who would give a shit about Chavez.

    • In Vino Veritas

      Yep blazer, its a “no” brainer. Key’s decision is correct. This is a man who was on the World Human Rights Watch. This is a man that took over the judciary and legislated by decree. He undermined freedom of expression and tookaway freedom of associate for workers. He has consistently discriminated against media who have aired political opponents views and targeted prominent critics for criminal prosecution. Violent crime is rampant, extra judicial killings by security agents common.
      Yes blazer, it was a no brainer.

      • blazer

        is he in the GOP…related to the Bush clan…same m.o!

  • John Key’s such a fascist, I wanted him to go to Kim Jong Il’s funeral too, but he refused. Why does he hate equality, peace and social justice so much?

  • Dr Wang

    Key wouldn’t be able to get a seat at Chav’s send-off even if he wanted to…the joint will be chock full of Hollywood leftie arse-lickers and their entourages, all jockeying to be seen. It will be sickening.

    • tarkwin

      Are Lucy and Robyn going?

      • williamabong

        For fucking sure, mind you both of them are so thick they think a dictator is a spud hanging off a pecker.

        • Tom

          Gold!

      • Phar Lap

        Dont forget the CTU Kelly gang,or Auckland wharfies.

  • Middleagedwhiteguy

    So Key should attend because it would be good for our standing in the region? Our PM should not become an ambulance chaser, regardless of which party is in power.

  • Never in the dark…..

    You’re being unfair to actual tools, which are quite useable and useful. Locke might be the former but definitely not the latter.

    He’s really a whingy whiny a wet pink blanket.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Not that listening to this weasel is enough some communists who support the left wing maniacs think Locke has a point….Read what the losers like Andrea Vance, Bryce Edwards and Toby Manhire (who the hell is this guy?) are saying ….or….don’t bother :-)

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    May be Locke is making a come back now that he knows Greens will be part of government in 2014……

    • Agent BallSack

      That deserves a Tui!

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Not sure what the Foreign minister Winston and Prime Minister Sheep Shearer are thinking about Loser Lockie’s comment??!?!?

    • Agent BallSack

      Exactly my thoughts earlier. Will someone from the press please ask Shearer whether he would go if he was PM. Whoops another 5% support shed from Labours diminishing fan base

  • Simo

    Keith needs the Walking Dead jaw removal therapy and a long stick for deployment at Green Party boilups on the heath

  • ConwayCaptain

    In the UK they have Galloway and here we have an army of these retards who get in as list MPsand dont have to stand up to public scrutiny during an election.

  • Patrick

    keith Locke – NZ’s own George Galloway. Commie apologist should up sticks & move to North Korea.

  • Bob

    Locke is a waste of space. Bet him, the Greens and the rabid losers over at the Standard would be getting just as worked up if Key had gone, crying that he was gate crashing a funeral etc. MFAT should already have a file on what to do, who to send etc and they should stick to that, it’s why the plans were made.

  • Morrissey

    1.) Keith Locke never supported Pol Pot—unlike the New Zealand Government….
    http://www.nzjh.auckland.ac.nz/docs/1999/NZJH_33_2_05.pdf

    2.) Chavez was not a dictator. He was democratically elected, and immensely popular. When the U.S. backed a coup against him in 2002, mass protests in the streets stymied it.

    • Dion

      > 1.) Keith Locke never supported Pol Pot

      “Victory for humanity” sounds pretty supportive to me, Morissey.

      • Morrissey

        He supported the overthrow of the disastrous Lon Nol regime in 1975. He did not support Pol Pot; he knew nothing of what Pol Pot was going to do, any more than the naive clods who hailed the election of Obama in 2008 knew about what that Chicago gangster had planned.

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