Promises, promises

Ardern makes history at Waitangi marae Otago Daily Times

Since today is Waitangi Day, I thought that it would be interesting to remind you all of what Jacinda said in her 2018 Waitangi speech.

[…] when we return, in one year, […] I ask you to ask of us what we have done. Ask us how we have given dignity back to your whanau, ask us what we have done to improve poverty for tamariki, ask us what we have done to give rangatahi opportunities and jobs, ask us, hold us to account. Because one day I want to be able to tell my child that I earned the right to stand here and only you can tell me when I have done that. re

She asked them to hold her and her government accountable. She included a very clumsy and poorly-worded phrase when she said “ask us what we have done to improve poverty for tamariki” If you improve poverty doesn’t that mean making poor people poorer? If that is the case then I guess that she delivered on that promise.

The latest statistics from MSD show that in the December quarter, a total of $100 million was spent on emergency grants for necessities such as food and housing, an increase of 40% over the previous December quarter. During the same period in 2018, 6000 fewer sanctions were applied, compared to 2017.

[…] With increased hardship spending, the demand for charities to fill the need might have been expected to fall, but that has been far from the case. Food banks, such as the Auckland City Mission, were overwhelmed by the increased need over the 2018 Christmas period.

Associate Professor Susan St John, CPAG Economics spokesperson, says that families and children cannot get by simply on the Government’s good intentions.

NZ Doctor

So a year later now back at Waitangi what does Jacinda have to say for herself?

[…] Ms Ardern acknowledged it had been a year since she made big promises. She said she was speaking not out of politics but out of an bipartisan aspiration to address inequality.

Radio NZ

I other words she is claiming that she was not wearing her prime minister hat when she made those big promises and that her promises were only aspirational, not realistic or achievable.

This reminds me of the John Key controversy where the media got all excited at the concept that John Key could use his mobile phone to communicate with Cameron Slater not as a prime minister but as a person. A person who knew his father. (In fact, it was Cameron’s father, John Slater, who brought John Key to the National party; not Michelle Boag as is widely misreported)

Many cartoonists at the time mocked John Key for wearing ” two hats.”

Despite the pasting the MSM and political cartoonists gave Key at the time, no one in the MSM has picked up on Jacinda Ardern weaselling out of her promises by claiming that she was not wearing her prime minister hat when she made them.

It’s always okay when the left do it.