Keys' version of History - "First lesson in business, don't get emotional about a stock."
We may be many voices but ultimately we are one people. One of the unique things about New Zealand is that we are not a country that's come about through civil war or a lot of fighting internally. We're a country that peacefully came together - Maori and the Crown decided from both partners' side that it was in their interests to have a peaceful negotiation. That's what the Treaty was, a founding document - a development document - for New Zealand, and I think that we could work things out in a peaceful, sensible and mature way has actually been a defining part of New Zealand's history. It's very important, and it's important we honour that now.
Hmmmm, National claim Cullen said a similar thing, but Cullen was talking about the Parliamentary system, the Herald in possibly their most biased piece against the Labour Government this year makes it pretty clear which version of history they support. In the rest of the Prime interview Key does acknowledge the musket and land wars, but you get the real feeling that Key honestly sees the process as casually as he has spelt out, which as Idiot Savant points out on No Right Turn…
But then, can we really blame him? He's simply repeating the myths he was told at school back in the 60's and 70's, an era when our education system wasn't exactly known for its accurate portrayal of New Zealand history.
…I think Savant is onto something here, but I think it goes beyond mere education I don’t think Key has an ideology, he says he didn’t have a position on the Spring Bok tour and I believe him, it wouldn’t have mattered to Key that a racist regime was playing Rugby in NZ, those aren’t considerations in the managed equations he runs inside his head. Likewise with Maori Seats, he has no problem calling for their abolition because he doesn’t see our shared history as a struggle for sovereignty and identity and all that entails, I think he sees the relationship as a managed process that needs risk removal, the Maori seats risk total dominance to the direction of NZ Incorporated and that simply must be removed. Certainly Keys version of history helps insulate his direction, but he is a ruthless operator minus the restrictions of ideology, he dumped those as too inefficient early in his State Housing upbringing, this is a multi-millionaire Merchant Banker who thrived and succeeded in the bowels of the financial worlds most spiteful and back-stabbingly greedy environment, and he did so without the constraints of a belief system, he is an evolved Gordon Gecko, charmingly ruthless with a gun for a smile.