The Dim-Post

January 25, 2013

All part of the service

Filed under: media — danylmc @ 1:45 pm

John Key’s State of the Nation speech is here. I await John Armstrong’s coverage of the speech with interest. He’s welcome to use this opening paragraph if he’s on a tight deadline.

Bulls bellowed; sticks transformed into snakes; stars flared and died; dry rivers flooded and fallow fields bloomed into life after Prime Minister John Key addressed the North Harbour Club today.


  1. I find that a very reactive and defensive speech right there. I think the apprenticships will possibly end up being a cut in some way shape or form.

    Comment by max — January 25, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

  2. Who needs apprentices when you can import illegal workers?

    Comment by Me Too — January 25, 2013 @ 2:14 pm

  3. “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways..”

    Comment by Sacha — January 25, 2013 @ 3:01 pm

  4. Armstrong is welcome to finish with, “And this is what I and many others have suffered from the flute-playing of this satyr. Yet hear me once more while I show you how exact the image is, and how marvellous his power. For let me tell you; none of you know him; but I will reveal him to you; having begun, I must go on. See you how fond he is of the fair? He is always with them and is always being smitten by them, and then again he knows nothing and is ignorant of all things—such is the appearance which he puts on.”

    Comment by Bill Engrish — January 25, 2013 @ 3:14 pm

  5. That Key is Armstrong’s poster boy is a given. All Armstrong has to do (like all lazy bloggers) is plagiarise.

    1950’s song “To Know Him Is To Love Him”

    Deadline met.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — January 25, 2013 @ 10:01 pm

  6. Having read Armstrong’s column in the Weekend Herald, I’d have to say that you’ve underplayed it a bit, Danyl. Sing praise like you mean it, or sing it not at all.

    Comment by Russell Brown — January 26, 2013 @ 9:59 am

  7. Yes Russell. Mr Armstrong’s lovingly crafted column today, “This week witnessed the return of the composed, confident, communicative and assertive Key who, before last year’s string of calamities, had carried all before him.”
    Oh shucks. To be so in love. Sigh.

    Comment by xianmac — January 26, 2013 @ 11:01 am

  8. And it must be understood that even when he was bad, Mr Key did not such much fail as “seemed to deliberately dig himself into ever deeper political holes in order to test his wherewithal in extracting himself from them.”

    He was just testing himself! And toying with us!

    But now, “in one stroke, Key showed he has returned from his holiday energised, engaged and focused and impatient for his Government to make progress on some pressing issues.”

    He is impatient for New Zealand, and don’t you forget it.

    Comment by Russell Brown — January 26, 2013 @ 11:12 am

  9. “…“seemed to deliberately dig himself into ever deeper political holes in order to test his wherewithal in extracting himself from them…”

    I had to go and read that piece to see if John Armstrong really, truly actually said that.

    He did. Which is kind of sad, really.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 26, 2013 @ 11:58 am

  10. “in one stroke”

    yes, well..

    Comment by Sacha — January 26, 2013 @ 5:00 pm

  11. Gee whizz, I always assumed the right bloggers were taking the piss with their ‘Key derangement syndrome’ diatribe but you lot have proved me wrong. Let’s talk about major issues like…Ratana, lol.

    Comment by timmy — January 26, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

  12. I have a serious question. How much of that opinion piece by Armstrong would have been the result of something like lunch with the head of the PM’s PR unit, where he was fed tidbits and suggested themes, in return for picking up the tab and the promise of exclusive tips down the track? Because the story certainly looks like it was written to serve a particular agenda, as if Armstrong felt it was that time again to get down on his knees to suck the king’s cock to ensure he kept his access to the gossip of the royal bedchamber.

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 27, 2013 @ 8:45 am

  13. Wouldn’t worry about it. The NZ herald is still a statist newspaper who just happen to currently favor team blue. NZH will switch to team red sooner or later. In the one party system team red are feeling insecure but just hang in there.

    Comment by Simon — January 27, 2013 @ 9:44 am

  14. @ Simon – I tend to think that media courtiers like Armstrong worship power above all else, and crave the indulgence to be near it, to feel it, to – dammit – TASTE it. The moment the parliamentary media jackels decide Key is no longer going to be PM in 2014 they’ll be sniffing Shearer’s arse and rolling over to have their collective tummies rubbed by him and John Key will be “John Who?”

    Comment by Sanctuary — January 27, 2013 @ 10:20 am

  15. Gee sandy you seem to have an unhealthy interest in sucking cock and felching arise, just saying’.

    Comment by timmy — January 27, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

  16. @Timmy: your assumption that sucking cock is unhealthy speaks volumes about your personal hygiene.

    Comment by helenalex — January 28, 2013 @ 10:39 am

  17. Or his underlying homophobia. I guess when you’re only 15 and scared of being “different”, these things seem to matter a whole lot more.

    Comment by Flashing Light — January 28, 2013 @ 11:00 am

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