The Dim-Post

January 30, 2013

Quote of the day, start as you mean to go on edition

Filed under: psuedopolitics — danylmc @ 8:35 am

 If you are in a car and there is a rush of blood to the head and Labour and the Greens do get there, you had better like your radio station because you will spend a long time in a traffic jam, because the first thing that will be gone with those people are the roads.

Prime Minister John Key in his Opening Statement to Parliament yesterday, in which the PM traditionally lays out his policy agenda for the year, our current Prime Minister . . . not so much.

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23 Comments »

  1. I must have missed the Labour/Green announcement they’re ripping out roads. I thought they were just keen to stop spending a few billion on new motorway projects that NZTA’s own analysis suggests have a cost-benefit ratio of below 1.

    Comment by jarbury — January 30, 2013 @ 9:01 am

  2. Key, Joyce and Brownlee all seem to default to the rhetorical register of a sneering fourth former. Though I suppose Shearer’s mumbling response isn’t really any better.

    Comment by Dr Foster — January 30, 2013 @ 9:02 am

  3. I think calling the Greens on their vacuous, wrong headed bullshit is an admirable policy and I hope to see alot more of it throughout 2013.

    Because they are such retards it is natural to just let their stuff slide as most of us have been taught from a young age not to be nasty to simpletons. However it has now become dangerous and using the same analogy, it is like standing by and not doing anything while a mongol plays with matches.

    Comment by King Kong — January 30, 2013 @ 9:04 am

  4. By ‘mongol’ I assume you are referring to Down’s syndrome? Good to see you’ve migrated your brand of keeping it classy trolling from The Standard to hear, you offensive half-wit.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 30, 2013 @ 9:16 am

  5. By ‘half wit” I assume you are talking about people with learning difficulties.

    Comment by King Kong — January 30, 2013 @ 9:18 am

  6. 3.I think calling the Greens on their vacuous, wrong headed bullshit is an admirable policy…

    Perhaps the PM’s fightback would have been more effective with the use of complete sentences and logical flow-on clauses. Or is old-school cogent language a bit naff these days?

    Comment by Ataahua — January 30, 2013 @ 9:19 am

  7. “…By ‘half wit” I assume you are talking about people with learning difficulties…”

    No, the insult was specifically for you. Mind you, upon reflection you seem to have some sort of intellectual impairment so I withdraw and apologise.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 30, 2013 @ 9:25 am

  8. “…Or is old-school cogent language a bit naff these days..?”

    you know, the PM has a degree from a reputable teritary institution. I think Danyl has some explaining to do.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 30, 2013 @ 9:29 am

  9. “Back in the day, talkn proper was important. Now, it aint no thang” – Stringer Kong

    Comment by King Kong — January 30, 2013 @ 9:30 am

  10. Key has his finger on the pulse of his constituency.

    As an average Kiwi who drives a 2012 SLK55 AMG, rapid bach access and traffic-jam avoidance are pretty high are pretty high on my list of ‘Things The Government Needs To Fix Fucking Pronto’.

    Comment by Gregor W — January 30, 2013 @ 9:39 am

  11. “you know, the PM has a degree from a reputable teritary institution.”

    Well … he has a bachelor of commerce and accounting. From Canterbury. So let’s not get TOO excited.

    Yeah – I went there.

    Comment by Flashing Light — January 30, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  12. it’ll be a long year of the fatuous vs the vacuous

    Comment by NeilM — January 30, 2013 @ 10:06 am

  13. What with the three strikes law, compulsory prison labour and kowtowing to foreign corporations I think National has stumbled on the (John)key to competing with China, solving the emigration issue and keeping brown people in their place! Next we’ll chain them and set them shufflin’ along the road in chain gangs to delight the hang ‘em high brigade. Stephen Franks will love it!! Win, win win!

    “…or help skill them up… …could clash with the prospect of having a subsidised compulsory zero-cost workforce…”

    The work done will all be low skill, work gang stuff – the firewood business is now dominated by prison labour, commercial operators have been driven out of business because they can’t compete with .40c an hour slave labour set to chopping wood.

    The prison industrial complex heavily funds law and order fanatics in the USA, where a ready parade of politicians see it as a new way of extending Jim Crow laws to non-whites. Already here in NZ Garth McVicar won’t deny he receives funding from private prison operators. We must at all costs resist the prison-industrial complex getting a foothold in this country.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 30, 2013 @ 10:27 am

  14. It doesn’t matter what the PM really said in Parliament, there’s always good old John Armstrong to report what Key *should* have said …

    “Key advised his Opposition counterpart to get Cunliffe a bell to put around his neck. At least Shearer would hear Cunliffe coming the next time the latter planned a coup.”

    But Key fluffed the line, and said “see” instead of “hear”, so the joke doesn’t work. Never mind, Armstrong (or his sub-editor?) thinks it’s his job to correct and invent, not report.

    I suppose we shouldn’t be too hard on the Gallery. It must be tough trying to extract usable quotes from Key and Shearer, each trying to outdo the other’s incoherence.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — January 30, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

  15. …each trying to outdo the other’s incoherence.

    Two masters of their field of expertise, evenly matched – it’s going to be an awesome spectacle.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — January 30, 2013 @ 1:16 pm

  16. Words fail me. Reminds me of the time I chatted to the then GM of Tranz Metro Auckland, who ran the urban trains. I wanted them to run weekend trains (hard to believe, but back then in the 90s there were no Saturday or Sunday services). Like Key, he insisted we were lucky that the tracks had not been ripped up. I struggled to explain that would not happen, because the profitable freight trains used those same tracks, but it was waaaay over his head. Sounds like Key may have had the same guru teaching him…

    Reassuring that the country is in such a safe pair of hands. Key and Shearer – the MumbleBlurt Twins.

    Comment by bob — January 30, 2013 @ 2:13 pm

  17. In that single quote, Key has managed to sound like Both: 1. A raging lunatic…and 2. A barefaced liar…at the SAME TIME! What a masterful performer our PM is.

    Comment by Steve (@nza1) — January 30, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

  18. Key has his finger on the pulse of his constituency.

    As an average Kiwi who drives a 2012 SLK55 AMG, rapid bach access and traffic-jam avoidance are pretty high are pretty high on my list of ‘Things The Government Needs To Fix Fucking Pronto’.

    Gold!

    Comment by TerryB — January 30, 2013 @ 2:50 pm

  19. the MumbleBlurt Twins.

    You’ve got me thinking of Statler and Waldorf commenting from the theatre box, but with socks stuffed in their mouths.

    Comment by Ataahua — January 30, 2013 @ 3:48 pm

  20. But Key fluffed the line, and said “see” instead of “hear”, so the joke doesn’t work.

    Doesn’t work anyway, Cunliffe was spotted a mile off and shot before he crossed the border.

    Comment by Pascal's bookie — January 30, 2013 @ 3:55 pm

  21. I’m confused. If the roads will be gone, how will I be able to spend ages in a traffic jam? and what if I don’t listen to radio? For that matter, what if I’m in a bus? Will the roads come back for me, or do buses never get in traffic jams?

    Comment by flynn_the_cat — January 30, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

  22. @ Ataahua – now you mention it, Statler & Waldorf kinda does encapsulate Key & Shearer, doesn’t it? They both look down on the peasants from on high, watching but doing nothing to contribute, then mumble something, then laugh as if what they said is incredibly funny.

    @ Pascal’s Bookie – agreed. Cunliffe has even had to do the humiliating backdown-in-advance for next Feb’s vote, just to show his ‘loyalty’. Spotted, shot, gutted & his pelt is being tanned as we speak. But if it makes Waldorf look good…

    Comment by bob — January 30, 2013 @ 10:42 pm

  23. Vernon Small must have heard/read a different speech from Danyl (and most other commentators I’ve seen):

    “Chalk up the first round of the political year to National. Not just because John Key’s “state of the nation” speech delivered some actual news, in the shape of a revamped apprenticeship scheme (albeit using recycled money), against a rhetoric-heavy but news-lite offering from David Shearer.”

    Comment by izogi — January 31, 2013 @ 11:28 am


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