Key had no political idea at that age, and doesn’t seem to have developed any since. He seems to have been continually bereft of political ideology but driven by ambition to be PM and prepared to do anything to achieve it.
If a man is obsessively driven to obtain that something, and will do anything necessary to obtain it, I guess sometimes that can be admirable. Sir Edmund Hillary climbed Mount Everest. That took determination courage and skill. All qualities to be admired.
But with John key, its not about climbing mountains, its about politics, and I say that anyone who merely wants to win the prize of PM and has no political mission is not anyone I can admire.
I would think that the PM should be a person of principle, and John Key, like so many on the left, has shown he is not bothered by such constraints. Key became PM as National’s leader. The question is, would he have been just as happy becoming PM by means of the Labour party leadership?
In opposition he was against global warming. Once elected, and to boost his popularity, he reversed his position on this. As a result, the country is now burdened with a damaging and unnecessary carbon trading scheme. Just like Labour wanted.
He was against Maori separatism, but after the election, unnecessarily drew the Maori Party into government. A party whose objective is Maori sovereignty and whose co-leader once said Europeans had caused a “holocaust” in NZ. Key approved the flying of the Maori Sovereignty flag at Waitangi and on the Auckland Harbour Bridge. NZ is as a result of Key’s craven about face, split culturally and racially like never before. Helen Klark too curried the favour of the separatists, until it backfired on her.
The National Party’s founding principles clearly state their opposition to socialism. Key said before the election he would turn the socialist actions of the extreme left Klark government back and provide tax cuts. Once again, Key betrayed his words and has not only refused to turn back the Klark excesses, (Working For Families for example) he has continued in the same vein, cancelling or neutralising promised tax cuts and continuing with other initiatives purely socialist in nature.
Key criticised the Klark government for attacks on freedom of speech in attempting to introduce restrictions on election spending. (The EFB). Once elected, Key passed an almost identical bill.
These are just four examples of Key’s duplicity. There are plenty more, and I say the reason for this deceit is Key’s ambition. He wants to be PM and that is all. He has no political mission. He is an empty suit. A fraud and a charlatan taking NZ further into the mire of Marxist/ Keynesian socialism. Approved of by a fawning left wing media because they themselves are happy with his bland socialist persona and glad he is not true to National’s founding principles.
Key has achieved his weird boyhood ambition, but it has been at the expense of this country’s well being and its future economic prosperity and social cohesion. Shame is he had the support, and if he had a been a man of principle and firm and well founded rhetoric, he could have drawn NZers into his mission and taken the hard steps that the country really needs to take. He didn’t. He sold out to pragmatism and his obsession with popularity and his cheap boyhood ambition.
NZers will soon pay a heavy price for this grinning fool’s preoccupation with his personal goals over the security and economic fortunes of the nation.