PM takes pot-shot at Greens

John Key
John Key
Soon after claiming voters were being turned off by dirty politics, Prime Minister John Key has taken a shot at Green Party co-leader Russel Norman, saying he must have been smoking dope to believe the Greens could pay off debt faster than National.

Mr Key spent today in Wairarapa trying to keep his campaign rolling in the wake of the revelations of National Party dealings with controversial blogger Cam Slater.

He told a Chamber of Commerce audience that he believed more people were interested in how Governments affected their jobs, the economy and issues such as health and education than on the dirty politics that was consuming the media.

He predicted that the campaign so far, including the Dirty Politics book and stunts such as burning effigies, would keep voters out of the polling booths.

Speaking to media afterwards, he repeated his belief that New Zealanders were more interested in the economy than politicking after taking numerous questions on the Dirty Politics book and the involvement of National minister Judith Collins, his own staffer Jason Ede and others.

The Green Party has claimed its economic policies would pay down debt faster and get bigger surpluses, than under National. Mr Key said he knew the Greens were also keen on legalising cannabis.

"If they really believe that, maybe they've been trying the substance because they can't do it."

Asked if he thought Dr Norman had been smoking weed when he put out the numbers, Mr Key said: "Well, if he really believes those press releases, yes. Press releases are cheap and easy. Getting back into surplus is a much more challenging issue."

Mr Key said between them Labour and the Greens had made $28 billion worth of promises already. Even if Labour stuck to its promise to remain in surplus, it would leave no buffer if there was another disaster that impacted on the economy.

"These are people that will send New Zealand back into a significant deficit and I think New Zealanders are very worried about that."

Mr Key is in the Wairarapa helping local candidate Alistair Scott campaign.

NZ First has just selected Carterton Mayor Ron Mark as its candidate. Mr Key said he was not concerned that would split the vote. Mr Mark is seen as friendly toward National, and Mr Key said while it could help in any future talks he still preferred his current support partners over NZ First.

Mr Mark was on the invite list to the Chamber of Commerce lunch but did not show up.

National's campaign ads feature the Greens and Labour in a boat trying to row in opposite directions, and Mr Key said it showed voters had a choice between "plain sailing" under National or "a group of parties that will be causing chaos and you wouldn't want to be at sea with."

Asked where Act's cabbage boat was he said "no chance of that."

He had earlier reinforced to the audience at the Chamber of Commerce that National would struggle to get a majority and it needed its voters to turn out.

- By Claire Trevett of the New Zealand Herald

The only dope

Is National and its supporters who have feathered their nests long enough at everyone else's expense. The figures speak for themselves. If National has been paying off the dept so fast how come its gotten enormously larger? Just in case John doesnt know, paying off doesn't mean borrowing more. That's offsetting.

National Party strategy

It must be National Party strategy to try to scare voters with the assertion that a Labour led government will be dangerous to the economy. We're hearing it often enough and their over the top rowing tv ad tends to support that theory. That is just silliness on their part for we all know that a Labour led government preceded the Key government and in 9 years ran surpluses and in fact, gifted a surplus to Key.

National keeps on proclaiming that only their economic management has kept NZ from penury. In fact a combination of factors have been at work; 1. The China free trade agreement put in place by Labour. 2. the fact that none of our banks suffered under the GFC, 3. the Canterbury earthquake, and 4. the surplus gifted to Key by the last Labour government.

This National government are masters of spin and Key himself is the consummate salesman and with his easy manner and apparent affability he has been able to sway a gullible public for the last 6 years. I ask myself, would I buy a used car from him particularly in the light of his demeanour of the past week.

Who is doing the smoking?

'Asked if he thought Dr Norman had been smoking weed when he put out the numbers,....'

So it was the reporter who put Key up to this? He foolishly took the bait and comes across as....dirty politics...something he claims to want to get away from.

The economy: National vs Labour

Under Labour, 9 years of surpluses, debt repaid, Cullen fund, low unemployment rate.

Under National, tax cuts, asset sales, 6 years of deficits, no debt repaid, high unemployment rate.

I know who I'd rather have managing the economy.