Why people hate John Key
Paul Thomas, John Armstrong & John Roughan are 3 NZ Herald columnists who in the weekend all agreed how wonderful our Optimist Prime is. What the baby boomer beige brigade and much of the right miss is why people hate John Key. People hate John Key because he uses his position as Prime Minister to rule for his benefit and the benefit of other rich white males like Thomas, Armstrong and Roughan. He is a crooked king who uses empty aspiration (read the pathetic interview with Guyon Espiner in the National Party cheerleading Listener for evidence of this) to con the remaining sleepy hobbits that the millionaire money trader has the answers to prosperity.
Key, worth well over the $50 million he is claimed to be worth (interesting to note that just before Key entered politics, a polling team asked NZers how much money a PM could have before they became untrustworthy - $50 million was the lowest amount), is the slick salesman from The Simpsons 'Monorail' episode. Selling us a false free market dogma that does nothing other than enrich him and people like him.
Take a look at the image above, Key as trader then making a mint off our assets, and Key now, again making a mint off our assets.
The Prime Minister is supposed to rule for all NZers, Key doesn't, he rules for himself and his kind. He gave his ilk almost $3 billion in borrowed tax cuts meaning they are the only ones rich enough to buy our assets he is now flogging off; Steven Joyce tried to hide the fact that the majority of the 100 000 new jobs National have promised will go to highly skilled males; and Key's hypocrisy over larger class room sizes for us but not for his kids all reek of the double standards of someone who passes off vested interest as a public good.
We pretend to have an egalitarian country and that bringing up class is almost 'un-NZ', but Key's use of cheap tricks to keep those wealthy Shire volk richer while endlessly dangling empty optimism for the rest creates a contempt difficult to conceal.
That's why people hate John Key.
He is using his office and power for him and his. He is the utter antithesis of democracy. NZ will be a far more unequal and worse place to live after his reign than when he began, and the history books will be far less glowing of his dog whistle cruelty as social policy than the NZ Herald editorial team.