Credibility is an issue

Stacy Kirk talks about the credibility gap Labour has developed: Quote:

Weeks before the election, Labour tinkered with the lineup of its top three.

Andrew Little was leading the party down a?slide to one of its worst results ever, struggling to keep the party’s head above 20 per cent support.

More than a year ago now, it’s easy to forget that plunge was never just on the basis of Little’s leadership; what was viewed by the voting public as an underpowered caucus on a zombie march to the finish line can take some?credit too.? ??

Through a series of incredible events, he gave way to his deputy Jacinda Ardern six weeks out from polling day. That was apparently all it took to make it a race.

The competence of the team has not changed?and Ardern has been conscious that credibility?has been?a weakness for her party ever since it came into power. End quote.

The competence of the team is apparent to all now they are in government. When is opposition no one really notices you and so competence slides under the radar. Quote:

That she was forced to at least partially sack two ministers in less than a week is a major blow to that credibility.

Open speculation that the first, Clare Curran, only held on to the dregs of her ministerial warrant because the next in line – Meka Whaitiri – was one employment issue away from a full blown investigation is even worse.?

Ardern should rightly be furious, as should those in the executive who are pulling their weight. She may have liked to sack them both outright, but Labour’s rules and a lack of viable replacement options adds to her dilemma, that will likely see comparisons drawn between Ardern and “smiling assassin”, John Key.

Richard Worth,?remember him? Didn’t think so. With the very first fall of his axe, Key made sure of it.

Kate Wilkinson, Phil Heatley, Pansy Wong, Maurice Williamson, Aaron Gilmore all faded into the annals of political oblivion, because there was nothing Key was more acutely aware of than how much political capital he had and he refused to spend an ounce on anyone deemed a non-entity. End quote.

When someone lost the confidence of John Key they were walked out the back and shot. Ardern doesn’t want to upset people so does the soft option despite advice to the contrary. She ignored advice from wiser heads to bullet Curran, She will regret that decision. Quote:

All of Labour’s capital is banked with Ardern?who is sure to face heavy questioning on her return to Parliament, on Monday,?as to why Curran and Whaitiri are still there and whether she should have gone further.

It’s not just on caucus talent that?the Government has had a credibility issue, either.?The Budget responsibility rules that bind the Government to debt reduction targets and?surplus commitments?are testament to that.

The?self-imposed play-book?that Labour and the Greens signed ahead of the election was a tacit acknowledgement that when matched against National’s perceived economic nous – rightly or wrongly – their credibility didn’t hold up.?But there has been what could be characterised as an unfair wrangle with business ever since.

So because bad news comes in threes, it was almost cruel the timing of the latest results of the ANZ business confidence survey, hinting the threat of a self-fulfilling prophecy of stalled economic growth was nearing fulfillment.?They came shortly after what was a mostly well-received speech in which Ardern instilled some certainty and made real overtures to business.

All this in the same week National leader Simon Bridges was answering questions over his leadership, having the rug pulled from under him on the “limogate”?leak inquiry.

If the fates of Curran and Whaitiri teach nothing else, it should be how little room for error there is when credibility is on the line. End quote.

I’d say Jacinda Ardern’s credibility was a figment of her imagination and her weaknesses are there for exploitation. The real question is whether or? not Simon Bridges has the stones to go for the jugular.