Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Unbelievably Dangerous

As predicted by Adolf, PM John Key has announced National will support John Bascowan's bill to neuter the anti smacking legislation.

In an agonized howl of Marxist agony, Sue Bradford describes the decision as 'unbelievable' and the measure as 'very dangerous and to be opposed at all costs.'

http://www.tv3.co.nz/Portals/0-Articles/44473/sue-bradford-08_180.jpg

Somehow her earlier comment "NOW THE CHILDREN WILL BE SAFE" doesn't seem to help her credibility with some two children per week bashed to death since she uttered her unbelievably dangerous and vacuous words.

Update: This is bizarre. The news item to which I'm linked originally appeared before 2.00 pm. Half an hour later, in question time, John Key advised the decision on the bill would be announced at 4.30. No other media are carrying the story.

Update 1645: Take your pick. Newstalk reports National will NOT support the bill.

17 comments:

Lucia Maria said...

Oh my goodness - he's taken the lifeline! I must say, I'm surprised, because at the rate John Key's being going, it was looking like he was going to fight this to the bitter end.

Lucia Maria said...

Where an edit comment button when you need one?

Lucia Maria said...

Wait a minute, it's just partially support! Only to the select committee stage. What's that about - another placatory measure?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Stuff is now reporting National will not support the bill. Mediawatch will have a bit of fun with this.

Lucia Maria said...

Adolf, yeah, just saw that.

He's mad, truly mad. John Key is risking alot by doing this. Must mean something is definitely going on in the background that he doesn't want to tell us about.

Nick said...

Must mean something is definitely going on in the background that he doesn't want to tell us about.

His name is Tau Henare.

PC said...

It must have been disturbing for you for a while, Adolf, not knowing whether to describe John Boy as brilliant for supporting Boscawen's bill or opposing it.

And it's now going to be disturbing for us to see you arguing AGAINST neutering the anti-smacking legislation, and FOR Bradford's howl of Marxist agaony.

Andrei said...

Having a bob each way Key - it looks like National wont support it.

He could have weaseled by making it a conscience vote.

We will see where the chips fall but one thing is for sure politically the winner is R Hyde by a country mile

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Not at all PC. I've thought all along he should reverse the damned thing and I can't for the life of me figure out why he did not take this golden opportunity.

But don't worry, even God made some mistakes.

Gooner said...

It was very clear leading up to the election last year that Key is a pragmatic centrist. In some way he has to be in order to do his job: campaign on the right, govern in the centre. I think Key realises that being a conservative and pragmatic centrist he couldn’t support this otherwise he would have had the howls of “Key supports child beaters” hanging over him up to and during 2011, irrespective of whether that was factually or legally correct. It doesn’t matter. It’s the brush that tars you, not the bristles. But I figure he has also realised he can give stuff away on the left to the Maori Party (if they can be considered Left) and then similarly on the Right to ACT. He needs both areas opened up so he can own the centre which is where elections are won. Key has played this hand many times over the last year or two so I am not the least surprised. It was so obvious during the last election campaign. It gives ACT perfect space for 2011 so why would Key gobble it if his intention is to govern not to lead?

VSM will be interesting.

Andrei said...

VSM will be interesting.

I'd have thought it would be a no brainer, but then again this one should have been too.

I guess Mr Key hopes by squashing it early his embarrassment will be minimized instead of being drawn out as the process goes on

Anonymous said...

Key is a pragmatic centrist.

Key is a fucking leftist. Labour all-so-slightly-lite.


In some way he has to be in order to do his job: campaign on the right, govern in the centre.

Campaign in the centre of the left; govern on the hard-left (Labour of course is extreme left).


he would have had the howls of “Key supports child beaters” hanging over him up to and during 2011, irrespective of whether that was factually or legally correct. It doesn’t matter.


Which part of 1.4 MILLION PEOPLE OR 89% DON"T YOU UNDERSTAND. Anyone calling Key a child-beater is by definition a kid-beater themselves. The only good news is that ACT most certainly will campaign on this, and - based on some private polling just this week - can expect 10-15% just on the back of this one issue. Through in all the tax increase National has already passed, and they will be well set.

Danyl said...

As predicted by Adolf

You've still got it baby.

Anonymous said...

Dear Gooner,

Is your long explanation another way of saying Key is brilliant for not having any convictions at all?

If you don't have conviction you don't need courage. Just move on and get by.

Peachy. Just what the country really really needs. Another sophist dealer.

George

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anonymous, you want leaders with strongly held 'convictions'? I give you Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Pol Pot and Helen Clark.

Gooner said...

Already backing down Adolf?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Not at all Gooner. The shouters simply want to replace ideologues of the left with ideoloques of the right. A pox on them all, I say. What I find most attractive about John Key is his ideology seems to be 'whatever is best for NZ' whether it be from the left or the right.

It so happens I think that on this particular issue, he is backing the wrong horse and I can't for the life of me figure out why.