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John Key spreading disinformation in Rotorua
Prime Minister John Key has reiterated opposition to reforming the head of state by attempted to spread disinformation on the options available. In an interview with Rotorua Review he claims "...two factors had combined to hamper the republican cause in New Zealand - renewed interest in the royals and a lack of appetite for an elected president". Reporter Benn Bathgate quotes the PM as saying:
"There's very little momentum on the republican side...and I say be careful what you wish for. What would happen if we were a republic? Our head of state would be a president we would vote for rather than the government appointing a governor-general".
John Key comment's are either a clumsy attempt at scaremongering or they show how ignorant he is of the core issues. Having a directly elected head of State is only one of the reform options open to New Zealanders. Re-naming the office 'President' is not a necessary part of the changes and polling shows there has been no increase in support for Prince Charles as our next head of state.
John Key may be following the lead of Tamaki MP, Simon O'Connor who regularly frames a democratic head of state as a change New Zealanders should be anxious about.
Our postion is clear. The head of State debate must be based on informative and accurate information that empowers New Zealanders. Attempting to distort the nature of the debate and making false claims about the democratic options is unwanted and unacceptable. John Key must show he actually understands this important constitutional issue or admit that he is misrepresenting the nature of the proposed reforms.