After John Key totally messed up his anti-apartheid credentials, the New York Daily News has published a photo of British Prime Minister David Cameron as he “laughs with an unidentified guest” at the Nelson Mandela memorial ceremony at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, link .
John Key recently came in for international criticism for his blasé, indifferent attitude towards Apartheid, saying that he had other considerations during the contentious 1981 South African rugby tour of NZ and couldn’t remember it. Maybe the NYDN was returning the indifference/amnesic sentiment, by ‘forgetting’ who Key was?
The Huffington Post, praising Cameron for distancing himself from anti-apartheid policies, published an article headed New Zealand’s Leader Questioned Over Apartheid Amnesia, quoting John Key as saying:
“I’m not going to bother going into it,” he told TVNZ’s Breakfast, a morning news show, after being pressed on Monday once again about his attitude towards apartheid in the early 1980s.
“I was about 20 years of age, I had a whole lot of other things to do at the time.”
When he took over the National Party in 2006, Key was asked for the first time about whether he had been for or against the notorious 1981 Springbok rugby tour of NZ. He replied simply that he couldn’t remember.
He maintained this same amnesic position during the 2008 election debate.
This indifference is inconceivable to many New Zealanders, who recall the 1981 Springbok tour as one of the most divisive periods in the nation’s contemporary history…” more here
Not normally one to shun the media spotlight, Key will be mortified by the NYDN’s snub.
Somehow he managed to miss the three way selfie with Barrack Obama, David Cameron and Denmark’s Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. (see second photo above).
We reckon he’ll be kicking his PR team’s butts for that too.