After its early-August release ‘Public Broadcasting System is Sick’, the Taxpayers’ Union signs off the month still firmly opposed to allowing the facts to get in the way of a good moan.
Sporting a sense of outrage many a spurned lover merely aspires to, the latest TU release is catchily headlined NZ On Air ‘refuse to condemn ‘Kill the PM’ song’.
When asked about the song and its lyrics, John Key decided, “I just don’t think it’s worth dignifying it with a response.”
But the TU (“Championing Value for Money from Every Tax Dollar”) has taken up arms on the PM’s behalf, about which Key is no doubt thrilled.
Employing its best “when did you stop beating your wife” logic, the TU wrote to NZ On Air requesting assurances “that no further taxpayer money will be used to support groups that promote violence and political hate”.
NZ On Air posted on its Facebook page, which the TU suggested “indicated that it does not intend to condemn the song, or the band @peace”.
What the post said was: “The song Kill the PM by the band @Peace was NOT funded by NZ On Air.”
Not to be diverted by an inconvenient truth, the TU release went on to accuse NZ On Air of being “stewards of a limited arts’ dollar” (whatever that means), and of developing “bands most New Zealanders would consider abhorrent”. There’s nothing like a good wave of the ‘One Of Us’ flag to clear the air of reason and rational thought.
The release ended with the question, How many other groups spouting hateful messages have been receiving taxpayer-funded grants?
It’s an intriguing question, to which the TU will now dispassionately research the answer. There’s a Tui billboard waiting to happen.
At time of writing the TU’s recent release was running on Scoop accompanied by an ad from some of John Key’s closest friends, the Internet-Mana party.