Today in politics: Saturday, November 24
KEY GETS TOP OF CLASS
Prime Minister John Key, famous for his "Keyisms" – or linguistic twists – surprised everyone during his trip to Myanmar this week by getting the names of President Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi down pat. Even the usually polished Barack Obama struggled with the lingo; the American president repeatedly got Suu Kyi's name wrong, and also incorrectly addressed Thein Sein. Maybe it's only the Kiwi lingo that trips up our prime minister.
DEEPER DIGGER LIKELY ON MINING FACT-FINDING TOUR
The Government will step up its push for more mining when Finance Minister Bill English heads to Queensland and Western Australia tomorrow. The trip is being labelled a fact-finding tour but with a delegation of business people on board the Government also looks to be touting for investors. With unemployment stuck at historic highs and tax revenue slumping, it’s no wonder it is pinning its hopes on mining giving it the Midas touch.
CONCERN EXPRESSED OVER MINISTER'S TURN OF PHRASE
Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell has taken a swipe at Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce after he referred to a group as having ‘‘really gone off the reservation’’. Mr Flavell said the Maori Party had been fielding concerns about Mr Joyce’s use of the phrase, which was offensive to Native American tribes because of its origins in the late 1800s, when many tribes were forcibly relocated from their ancestral homes to ‘‘reserved‘‘ land.