John Key: Pike River Quitter
PM denies reneging on mine
Prime Minister John Key has rejected claims he has backed away from his commitment to do whatever was possible to recover the bodies of the Pike Rover miners, saying all the evidence showed the recovery plan had failed and it was
When John isn't inviting himself to parties he hasn't been invited to (which is an eery repeat of his wikileak revelation where he pressured the US State Department for a meeting with Obama after Key had boasted to the media of such a meeting), John Key is quitting Pike River just like he intends to quit if National lose the election this year.
Now I'm no mine safety expert, (the Government fired all of them to allow the Mining Industry to 'self-regulate') but there seem to be a couple of glaring holes in the story John Key has told to the country which have been lovingly glossed over by a compliant mainstream media.
By handing it over to the receivers for the decision to stop any body recovery, the issue simply becomes a dollars and cents one, and in that decision making process the views of the family account for nothing, as was easily witnessed by the fact that they were kept completely out of the loop...
Pike River families 'kept out of the loop'
Families of the 29 Pike River Coal mine victims have asked Police Commissioner Howard Broad to carry on with efforts to retrieve their loved ones' remains.
They have also demanded answers about the police decision to hand over the recovery operation to the mine's receivers.
Families' spokesman Bernie Monk, who lost a son in the disaster, said today they believed Mr Broad and Prime Minister John Key were given the wrong information when they said it was too dangerous to carry on with the body recovery.
So when John Key said in November that everything possible would be done to retrieve the bodies, he really meant "everything possible until the receivers give me the hurry up" and apparently the "foreseeable future", which was how long Brownlee told the media that the Police would be running the operation was actually until January. Very foreseeable. Two months foreseeable.
So it took December and January to figure out nothing could be done, where as the receivers were given 3 days to decide the fate of the mine?
You've got to hand it to the spin department of the National Party, denigrating the wishes of the family, washing their hands of it via the receivers and John Key is still smiling and waving. The man is teflon.
I'm no sure who is sadder, the families of the dead miners or the Mining Industry who feel the loss of that $4billion in untapped revenue.