Friday, 25 September 2009

Key on Letterman

For American readers bemused at the appearance of what looked like John Boy Walton on your normal evening broadcast of The Late Show last night, that was in fact (and I hang my head in shame as I say this) New Zealand’s Prime Minister.

TVNZ has a rundown of the appearance, which included Key presenting David Letterman with an Indy-500 champion Scott Dixon t-shirt (yep, folks, not all NZers are as bumbling as Bret McKenzie and John Boy), and Key’s recitation of this top ten list.

John Key's top 10 reasons for visiting New Zealand are:
10. Auckland airport now has Cinnabon (a chain of American baked goods stores and kiosks)
9. We have the loosest slot machines in the Pacific rim
8. It's only a convenient 20 hour flight away
7. It's like England, without the attitude
6. Leno's on at 9 o'clock
5. Get the whanau together, stay in a bach, crack open the chilly bin and slap on your jandals
4. Visit in the next 30 days and I'll pick you up at the airport
3. 70% of our energy is generated through renewable sources - they don't all have to be jokes
2. We drive on the left side of the road, like the British and Lindsay Lohan
1. Unlike most of the world, we still like Americans.


  1. I still love Bush!

    Do lefties, or do they need it shaved.

  2. Cinnabon makes the best cinnamon buns in the world. Sticky gooey sugary messes. Wonderful. And utterly unavailable in New Zealand.

    "baked goods" fails to do them justice.

    Even worse, the NZ Herald story called them a doughnut shoppe. Completely different category of wonderful than doughnuts. Sigh.

  3. This is all about a craven need to seek attention, to strut self-importance and "fame" on a friendly stage. Yup, it isn't about anything other than, "It's me, me, me. Look at me, I'm on TV!" And addressing former colleagues, "Look at me now guys. Remember me. I'm real important now. I done good."

    The media in NZ is lapping this irrelevance up. "Gosh look at our boy. He's on Letterman! Wow! Everyone look."

    Don't forget what else this little man is doing while he's in New York. He's setting every NZ resident up for a substantial decrease in income, a lower standard of living, more restrictive regulation and new taxes. A well known communist once said, "Squeeze them until the pips squeak." That's what's increasingly happening in NZ and what is it the media reports? "He's on TV!" About sums up where their priorities lie.



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