Tuesday, 9 March 2010

The widening John Boy credibility gap

Former National ad man John Ansell lays into John Boy as the reason the principled ad-man left the National Party:

     “Key’s motto, as far as I can see, is ‘You can fool most of the people most of the time.’ And it seems to be working a treat…
    “Say you’re ambitious for the country. (When you’re not.)
    “Say you’ve got a plan for growth. (When you haven’t.)
    “Join forces with a party that actually has a plan. (And ignore it.)
    “Say you agree with the ‘catch Australia’ goal. (When you don’t.)
    “Commission a plan to catch Australia. (Then reject it.)
    “Chide your central banker for saying we can’t catch Australia with your policies. (When you know damn well he’s right.)
    “Press on with your Emissions Trading Scheme. (When the country you’re supposed to be catching has put the brakes on theirs.)
    “(And when the science increasingly supports your first instinct that man-made global warming is a hoax.)
    “So why is our prime minister doing these things?
    “And why did he take such a ‘principled’ stance in defying his core supporters on the anti-smacking referendum?
    “The answer is simple. . . ”

Read on for Ansell’s answer: The widening Tasman Wage Gap (AKA the John Key Credibility Gap) .  Hat tip Berend]  Oh, and here’s one of Ansell’s new billboards, asking Can NZ catch Tasmania?:


  1. Thanks for that PC... my thoughts exactly (but better written).

    This fucking National Socialist party has the potential of being more disasterous for this country than Liabour ever was; partly because it is so fucking stealthy and the populace seems not to have a bloody clue what is going on.

  2. Brookeonline was certainly not asleep almost a year ago.

    Apr. 13th, 2009 | 07:41 pm
    Helen Clark, now John Key - frying pan to fire?


  3. PC,

    I didnt think you believed in averages. Or did you just say that because I was drinking a Waikato at the time?

  4. the drunken watchman11 Mar 2010, 09:18:00


    I thought you didnt believe in averages

    Or did you just say that because I was drinking a Waikato at the time?

  5. @Drunken Watchman: No, the fact you were drinking a Waikato only made it sweeter. :-)

    But you're right to point out that "average GDP per capita" says nothing about the individual circumstances of people making choices--there are problems with reifying averages and with measuring the so-called GDP--so all we can do is use the figures as a very coarse sort of a guide.

    Still and all, they are the figures the politicians themselves chose to be measured by when they made their worthless commitments to "catching Australia."

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