Builders and Wreckers: Key and Little

Last week could not have provided a more obvious contrast between the choice that voters face.  Key worked hard to earn money for us all by charming the pants off existing and new trading partners in China. Little, on the other hand, ran smear after smear.

Prime Minister John Key is due to arrive back from his trip to China [today], but it is already being hailed as a success in terms of trade.

China looks likely to allow New Zealand chilled meat into its market, opening up valuable trade opportunities.

It could be worth hundreds-of-millions-of-dollars to our economy. Experts say exporting chilled meat to China will open a whole new market.

On his last day of a week-long visit to China, Mr Key said the first shipments could be on the way within a couple of months.

That’s a huge win for beef and lamb farmers.

Anders Crofoot has a beef and lamb farm in the Wairarapa. He says times have been tough lately for farmers, but this is a way for them to earn a lot more from the same product

Export New Zealand says exporting chilled meat could add around a 64 percent premium, and will be welcomed more than frozen meat.

Even that dried-up political prune Annette King gets it. Being interviewed on television about John Key’s achievements this week she was full of praise. There is no downside to Key bringing in more tourism, trade and relationships on the back of Helen Clark’s FTA with China, and it is foolish to pretend otherwise.

At the same time Little was busy trying to destroy trade, tourism and relationships by running a tacky smear on Earl Hagaman and Scenic Hotels; trying to run a donation smear where there is none.  Even the media were too nervous to go near it.

All this is even more ironic when you recall that Labour ran their last election on a single concept:


Labour, the definition of madness is to continue doing what you’re doing and expecting a different result.


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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.