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Jan. 31st, 2012

10:02 am - You have three choices: I love him; I like him lots; or I am thick.

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So last night there was an impromptu dinner with a bunch of people, and at one point the conversation turned to the Teapot Tape. Turns out that of the group of 6 discussing them, only one had bothered to listen to the leaked tape, and he described it as sounding like "An awkward first date." Heh.

Thing is, I was one of the people who got hot under the collar about it when it happened and I haven't bothered seeking out the content. Seems that it doesn't matter to me all that much what was said - I care more about the fact that our PM tried to use his privilege as head of state to suppress it. This implies to me that he felt he'd said things that could be damaging to him and that it was ok to keep that information from the people who are supposed to trust him to operate in our best interests. Thus, it doesn't actually matter what he said, he'd already painted himself as lacking integrity.

You'll note the opinion poll on that Stuff article up there. Look carefully at your options:

1. Yes, and John Key was right to apologise (read: see, he's done the right thing now, he's still a good guy, guyz!)

2. Yes, and I can't see what the fuss is about. (read: damn people always looking for something to be offended about. PC gone mad! get a sense of humour you wowsers. key's a good guy, guyz!)

3. No, I couldn't find it online. (read: i am internet illiterate and probably shouldn't be allowed an opinion but key's probably a good guy, guyz!)

I think there should be a couple of other options:

4. Yes, and John Key only apologised because he was forced to - I think that's low.

5. No, because it doesn't matter what he said, the principle of hiding information from the public is low.

But, you know that's just my opinion, and therefore probably shouldn't be an option in a public opinion poll, eh? At least, not a Stuff poll. Those seem to give you the choice of their opinion or no opinion. And Key gets to see the result and be all "Well that wasn't so bad, was it?"

No wonder we seem to be held in such contempt by our leaders.


Date:January 30th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
I also noted the classic non-pology: "So if there was offence, yes, I apologise for that."

Obviously, I don't know how the New Zealand law works, but is there any expectation of privacy in a public cafe?
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Date:January 31st, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
The privacy law he used to suppress it seems to say so. But given that the recording device was 'accidentally' left on the table and running, and not in plain sight, the PM and his pal had every reason to believe they were in private. Whether it was left there accidentally or not, we'll never know.
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Date:January 31st, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
I would suggest another option to the poll...

7) No, and I don't care, but Key should not have made an issue of it by siccing the cops on the guy.

Note the case of the couple in Wellington who had waited 5 months for the cops to action a written confession from an employee who had duped them of ~$80k, and the cops only started moving once the DomPost started asking awkward questions in the light of the rapid action over the Teapot Tape...
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Date:January 31st, 2012 01:51 am (UTC)
This is a good comment and you should feel good.
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