…John Key had told Mr Banks Catherine Isaac should be the next leader of the Act Party.
Ms Isaac is second on the party list, a former president of the party and the widow of recently-deceased Business Roundtable director Roger Kerr.
Please, no more about the tea-tape. I don’t care. Just nine days to go – can we drop this obsession with secret tapes and return to discussing real issues in our usual cursory way, rather than not at all. There are already plenty of public statements and actions from John Key on the dual topics Don Brash’s leadership capabilities and the value of elderly people. I don’t need to hear any private conversations to make my mind up about whether to vote for him or not.
The real content of the teapot tapes:
JK: Nice to see you John. Guess we ackshully had to do this at some stage.
JB: Yeah, Don’s fucked it up so really, really bad. I really need some help right now.
DPS goon (prompted by Wayne Eagleson): Okay, everyone out of here now! They want to talk in private.
Bradley Ambrose: But what about my mike?
DPS Goon: Oh, just fuck off. You can get it later.
[Ambrose grumpily departs, exit stage left.]
JK: Yeah, I’ve ackshully always said Don’s an extremist. But he’s your Leader, so I can’t say it publicly now. But will you ackshully dump him after the election?
JB: Anything you say, boss. He almost had me facing corporate fraud charges along with Peter Huljich, so he’s no mate of mine.
JK: Cool, mate. I ackshully always knew you were a National man at heart. But I’m a bit concerned about that racist stuff you said on “The Nation”.
JB: I was just telling it like it is, John. If we continue the bankrupt response of just paying young Polynesian, young Maori men in South Auckland, the dole to sit in front of TV, smoke marijuana, watch pornography and plan more drug offending and more burglaries, then we’re going to have them coming through our window, whether we live in Epsom…
JK: Hang on there a minute, John. I ackshully agree with you, but we can’t say that till after the election. Play it my way, John.
JB: Yeah, okay, maybe. But there are votes in saying boongas are thick, lazy, and criminal. And it’s true. Just like saying beneficiaries are bludgers.
JK: Ackshully, you’re probably right. And I wasn’t really ackshully all that serious about you getting rid of Don. That was just a negotiation ploy. Don’s welcome anytime on board the Good Ship NACT. You’re ackshully just gonna have to live with that.
John Key and John Banks chose to stage a public event in a venue open to the public, for their intended mutual political benefit.
A scrum of journalists attended, as they had hoped. They wanted publicity.
Now they are bleating (or at least Steven Joyce is bleating on their behalf) that recording the bits of a meeting in a venue open to the public, but that journalists were muscled out of, was unethical or illegal.
Suck on a big turd, National and ACT! You wanted publicity from this meeting. It cuts both ways.
Here’s the first spoon:
And to sweeten the brew, second spoon John Banks has a Melissa Lee moment:
Putting anti-freeze in your tea will make it sweeter. But it will kill you.
Auckland businessman and former Mayoral candidate Colin Craig has launched a new party, the Conservative Party of New Zealand. It’s proto-website has a questionnaire to assist voters in deciding if the Conservative Party is for them.
I took the test. Given that I score Economic Left/Right: -9.12 – Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -7.54 on the political compass, the result of the Conservative Party’s test surprised me. I am 7/19ths conservative. These are the questions that I answered in a supposedly conservative manner: Continue reading