Is John Key becoming…

Is John Key becoming a national embarrassment?

“If you want to be a clown join the circus…”

I’d find it hard not to endorse a reader’s invitation to Prime Minister John Key who has raised eyebrows overseas by describing Liz Hurley as “hot”, actress Jessica Alba “pretty hot” and Angelina Jolie as “not too bad” – adding that he thinks Hurley would be “thrilled by his comment”.  Obviously there’s nothing  wrong with Key’s self esteem.

Ironic, then, as pointed out, the lack of ability of too many of a dumbed-down generation of New Zealanders to see past the reality that it is more than “a bit of a joke” that we have a Prime Minister  dancing with drag queens on the Big Day Out;  reading a Top Ten  list on the Letterman show with a reason to visit New Zealand  as: “We have the loosest slot machines in the  Pacific rim” and who has now  “camped it up…mincing on the catwalk” when modelling new Rugby World Cup volunteers’ uniforms. Prime Minister Key has also been reported as having a short attention span when involved in talking about serious issues.

With his general showing off, the Prime Minister seems to need reminding that politics and statesmanship is not a stand-up comedy, apart from the fact that in a move reminiscent of throwing toys out of the cot, he has also made it plain that he doesn’t want to carry on in politics if National is rejected at the next election, as he’d find it too “negative”. Obviously the fact that to be a successful process, democracy needs a strong opposition, is irrelevant. The Parliamentary Press Gallery, unsurprisingly, apparently doubts his stayability.

However he is not the only politician becoming an embarrassment. Phil Goff, Leader of the Opposition, has been outed dying his hair –  not enough of a new look, given Labour’s pre-election laying out of the same tired, entitlement politics which it embarked on so disastrously in recent years, so comprehensively damaging our country’s financial position.

Not to be outdone, United Future’s sole representative, Peter Dunne, recently condemning the “intense and vitriolic debate that is American politics today”, simultaneously launched his own version of highly condemnatory language. “Dissembling, half-truths, distortion and fear-mongering” are his charges against informed New Zealanders in a  recent article in which he managed to bring in a somewhat irrelevant reference to Speaker of the House Lockwood Smith’s “speedos” as an example of ”bare-chested populist bravado”.

Dunne categorises as “deliberate, fear-inducing tripe” the objections that many thousands of intelligent and farseeing New Zealanders have mounted against the proposed foreshore and seabed legislation with its discriminatory, apartheid-type provisions. In his own self-serving diatribe, we have Dunne’s somewhat sanctimonious attack on “politicking for personal advantage at huge cost to a country’s social fabric”- which he sees as particularly repulsive.

Some, however, might suggest that this description fits this MP’s own fence-sitting pronouncements on the anti-smacking attack on families and his lack of any substantive input on the grave threats facing us today – in particular, communist China’s ominously self-serving entry into the Pacific, masquerading as that of a well-intentioned neighbour –  and the aggressive push  for  undemocratic, self-advantage by a  Maori Party largely representing none other than its own tribal cliques. Its increasingly dubious claims for financial advantage and are now, arguably, even spurious compensation, accommodated by an over-compliant, vote-chasing National hierarchy, are causing considerable damage to the country.

See the article currently posted: Selling out New Zealanders.

Coming issues to be considered.

How valid democratically are the List seats and whom do they really advantage?

How can disillusioned New Zealanders make their votes count to not allow unrepresentative  members of Parliament to continue along the increasingly apartheid-based pathway economically and socially damaging the country?