The Highs & Lows of Jacindamania

Jacinda is about to appear on yet another magazine cover… this time on the cover of British Vogue.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is one of 15 women selected to grace the cover of British Vogue‘s September issue, guest-edited by Meghan Markle.

She has curated an issue that focuses on her choice of “trailblazing changemakers”, headlined “Forces for Change”. It includes a conversation between her and Michelle Obama, the former US first lady, whom she has long admired, as well as an interview between her husband, the Duke of Sussex and Dr Jane Goodall, a primatologist she has idolised since childhood.

The Duchess said: “These last seven months have been a rewarding process, curating and collaborating with Edward Enninful, British Vogue‘s editor-in-chief, to take the year’s most read fashion issue and steer its focus to the values, causes and people making impact in the world today.


The Duchess, in her position of extreme privilege and indulgence, clearly has no idea that Jacinda Ardern is failing on all counts with her government… on housing, on health, on child poverty, to name a few. She is not ‘making an impact in the world today’ in any way, unless you count appearing on the cover of women’s magazines. Here, of course, is another one to add to her list.

Meanwhile, back home, people are less and less impressed with Jacinda, on both sides of the political divide. Have you had a look at The Standard lately? The ‘extreme’ left blog is not impressed with Jacinda… and surprisingly, has come out and said so.

Despite the babies and the engagements, maybe it’s time to ditch the default Jacindamania.
Let’s not bother with the criminal waste of tax on hundreds of working groups, existing to successfully suppressing oppositional opinion through co-option.
Oranga Tamariki has got three investigations underway for removing children, and is being kicked all over the park by the media. Cue another year of paralysis by analysis.

There is no reform of the justice sector.

There’s no substantial reform of social welfare, in particular no raise in base welfare levels, so no improvement in poverty levels this term. That’s another generation of 25% of our children.

This is particularly bad, as Jacinda took personal responsibility for reducing child poverty, but she seems to think that giving families an extra $75 a week and introducing methods to measure poverty are all she needed to do. As the $75 gets eaten up in rent increases and fuel surcharges (which her government has imposed), most families are worse off than they were a year ago.

Transport remains a fully self-inflicted disaster, with light rail gone from even starting for at least another term, mortality and injury and traffic congestion all soaring, and the only items of note to open this term will be National-inspired motorways in the Waikato.
There are no new partnerships with Labour-led councils such as Christchurch or Auckland, and the ones there are like City Rail Link and Christchurch rebuild were started under National.

I can hardly believe I am reading this. Recognition of work done by the previous National government by the most left-wing blog in the country?

Tax policy is a full-throated policy wasteland, with no Capital Gains Tax and no other tax reform either as long as Ardern is PM, so National’s tax settings continuing to oppress most of New Zealand.

Teaching at both secondary and tertiary level is a policy disaster with massive untested reforms to demolish polytechs and removing secondary decile ratings, with little stable to replace them. Great they’re paid better.

Nothing about water charging, and won’t be in this government. 

A weak-ass carbon reform, with little attempt to change the carbon pollution of the vehicle fleet or farming industries.

KiwiBuild is largely unrecoverable, although there is indeed sterling work with HNZ building new rentals. Maybe the Urban Development Agency will help, in a few terms.

Yep. It seems that many people believed the hype and are feeling badly let down.

And now, intervening via television into an iwi-Fletchers housing partnership, over the top of layers of court and local government mandating, the Prime Minister gets in to stop a Mangere housing development. Few other suburbs in Auckland need new housing more, and she stops it.

Not to mention jumping on a plane to Samoa and then onto the HMNZS Otago, where she will be out of contact with Wellington for 6 days. This reminds me of another failed Labour prime minister. David Lange used to pull stunts like that.

It’s not ‘transformational’, it’s not the year of delivery. What is this government?
This is the weakest leadership on policy of any government since the last term of Holyoake, 60 years ago. That’s on Ardern.

It’s time, since we are now getting emails to volunteer and donate money on their behalf for the next election, to expect more from Jacinda Ardern.

The Standard.

We knew things would turn out like this. Labour made a whole host of extravagant promises, with no idea how they were going to deliver. If it were possible to build 10,000 extra houses a year, National would have done it.

Still, it is of great comfort to me that even the government’s supporters can see things the way they really are. I congratulate The Standard for trying to keep the government honest. I doubt that anything is going to change though. This government, as you now realise, really doesn’t know what it is doing. Things are only going to get worse from here.