Poll: 52 pct say Key too relaxed about job
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 6:08p.m.
By Political Editor Duncan Garner
Prime Minister John Key says Labour Party leader David Shearer “needs to put up or shut up” over the claim a talk about Kim Dotcom was captured on camera at the GCSB spy agency.
So does Mr Shearer have any evidence? Does he have the tape?
“We do not have the tape in our hands,” says Mr Shearer.
Certainly Mr Key doesn't rule out saying something about Dotcom in the February visit to the GCSB.
But Mr Shearer has yet to provide any evidence.
“It doesn't matter whether the video is there or not,” says Mr Shearer.
“He has nothing at all,” says Mr Key.
Mr Key says he first heard about the GCSB's involvement in the Dotcom case in mid-September, but if it's true he spoke of Dotcom in the February visit Mr Shearer says that changes everything.
“Did he know about the GCSB's involvement in Dotcom,” asks Mr Shearer. “We still have not a had a straight answer from Mr Key.”
Opposition parties want an independent inquiry into the Dotcom saga. We asked voters what they think in our latest 3 News-Reid Research poll.
Fifty percent say yes to a full independent inquiry, 43 percent say don't bother, and 7 percent do not know.
“I don't want an inquiry,” says Mr Key.
The Prime Minister's recall of events during the saga has been poor, so we asked if he is too relaxed about his job as Prime Minister.
Fifty-two percent say yes, 45 percent say no, and 3 percent have no opinion.
So this saga continues tomorrow when the Prime Minister must correct his misleading statements in Parliament. It won't be comfortable for him. But equally, Mr Shearer would love a tape to turn up of the Prime Minister talking about Dotcom. Without it, he looks vulnerable.
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1/11/2012 10:27:14 p.m.
Time he went. Has he done anything right? I wont mention all the stuff ups so far. No point. We all know what they are.
17/10/2012 8:32:32 a.m.
Totally agree @Ex-Nat Voter John Key is just looking out for his own retirement and doesn't give a stuff about the ordinary NZer @Gosh definately the worst PM we've had right up there with Muldoon.
16/10/2012 8:33:13 p.m.
So he makes the job look easy, just means he's good at it. Cry me a river Labour supporters. JK is the best PM NZ has ever had!!
16/10/2012 9:00:24 a.m.
ex-Nat voter wrote:
Sick of John Key's stupid grin, his dismissive comments, his lack of accountability, the way swans off to the US whenever things get hot at home, his whole attitude is of someone who could not give a toss about kiwis and their lives. He needs to go back to playing the money markets and leave the business of govt to people who actually care. Even the WINZ security breach is probably the result of the govt cutting back office jobs! This govt has mud all over its face. Time for a change.
16/10/2012 12:33:46 a.m.
The man needs a head examination or seek professional help along with the blindness fools that ignored the right of justice.
This matter is not only Dotcom on the list but the Pike river and the 29 dead miner's family awaits to retrive their love ones for a proper burial and I wouldn't be surprised if the Key is buying time to get rid of the evidence without a trace and he must probably got rid of the evidence to the spy industry scandals.
Its more to add on to the above list.
15/10/2012 10:50:56 p.m.
John Key has nothing to lose. Hes so deep in it he might as well tell evryone to get stuffed and walk away and nothing will happen. I think hes worked that out.
15/10/2012 8:01:29 p.m.
Interesting that on TV last week Keys said 'how would you expect me to see dot com on a small laptop screen at an angle like that'. Think about that. Who told him that is how it was showed to him, and how did he remember that much ??????
15/10/2012 7:59:42 p.m.
To me Mr Shearer appears more believable than Key. Appearance of 'The-Liar-Gate-Tape' or not, I will trust Mr Shearer's word any day over Key's statements. Just my gut feeling.
15/10/2012 7:21:08 p.m.
OF course if Nixon had been given the opportunity to avoid any public involvement or inquiries he would have jumped at the chance.
Because John Key is involved in this scandal up to his eyeballs there is a direct conflict of interest and allowing him to avoid a public inquiry into his own behaviour and lack of ethics is nothing more than a bad practicle joke on the New Zealand public.
Keygate needs to be investigated, the public needs to be assured that John Key has control of his portfolio's, that he is in charge of the countries spies (and not the other way around).
I personally am not aware of anyone who can over rule the Prime Minister on this matter, but when the person at the top is totally and utterly corrupt as John Key is, there need to be measures in place that can protect us from his incompetence and general lack of care that he shows.
Its a massive conflict of interest for John Key to decide whether or not there is a public inquiry, it also shows his guilt for him to continuously try to dodge due process.
And yes of course there is a tape (or was) everyone but the totally blind would know this to be true.
This is a Secuirty / Spy agency there will be cameras in every single room of that building operating 24 hours a day seven days a week.
Just as there is in every other spy agency in the world.
John Key has ordered that the recording be conveniently lost.
But no one can argue that there was never a tape... thats a completely stupid argument.
Its a spy agency, they worry about their own security, they record everything that happens in every single room.
15/10/2012 7:10:05 p.m.
What job? Show me the evidence. I don't know what I do or say. Hey, have you got a spare billion or two I can lend this guy in the South Island tomorrow afternoon?
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