1. A video of young men burning a huge wooden effigy of New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has sparked finger pointing and recriminations less than six weeks from the country’s election.
The video shows young men, some wearing Guy Fawkes masks, dousing the Mr Key pyre with lighter fluid and then setting it alight, chanting “FUCK JOHN KEY!”
One person in the video can be heard saying, “At least John Key’s giving us one thing, and that’s warmth. Warmth for the next… 10 minutes.”
Another says, “(Key) is about to get fucking fried as.”
2. Mr Key went on New Zealand’s Breakfast program to link the video to the new Internet Party whose founder is Internet entrepreneur, Kim Dotcom.
“I just think New Zealanders will just sort of say that’s not the way we do politics in New Zealand, it may be the way that Kim Dotcom wants to do things,” said Mr Key.
He later clarified that he first saw the video on the Breakfast program and he thought the chanting in the video was similar to some catchphrases of the Internet Party.