Jacinda Ardern

A pragmatic idealist

ABIGAIL DOUGHERTY/STUFF Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

In the media question time following Ardern’s humiliating back-down over her favourite campaign plank, Capital Gains Tax, Ardern explained it away by claiming that she was a “pragmatic idealist”.

One would expect that someone with a communications degree would understand that such a statement is an oxymoron, but no, that is what Ardern said.

Pragmatic. adjective: – dealing with things sensibly and realistically in a way that is based on practical rather than theoretical considerations.

Idealist. noun: – a visionary or impractical person.

So we have a self-confessed impractical person who claims to deal with things in a practical way. So glad that the country is in such capable hands.

Audrey Young picked up on Ardern’s pragmatic idealist statement. (As did Soper.) Quote.

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Did Bridges finally score?

It is usually very disappointing to watch Ardern easily bat away Bridges’ questions in the house that start with the standard opener of, “Does she stand by all her Government’s statements, policies, and actions?”

On Tuesday he finally appeared to break through when he pressed Ardern on her vaunted small business experience. Ardern, as is her default mode, refused to give a simple straightforward honest answer to the question so Bridges was forced to supply the answer for her. Quote.

Hon Simon Bridges: Can she not say whether it’s fair that when a small-business owner takes all the risk to start their own business, when they sell up that business for retirement, the Government takes a third?

Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: The Tax Working Group considered all income in the same way, including the way that it is treated by tax. So that’s what they have put into the Tax Working Group: consistent treatment around all forms of income. We, of course, as a Government have to make a judgment over the consensus that we form over the Tax Working Group’s recommendations.

Hon Simon Bridges: Is the problem with answering my questions that she doesn’t understand small business very well?

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The young ones

The young ones, darling, we’re the young ones. And young ones shouldn’t be afraid.

Young dreams should be dreamed together. And young hearts shouldn’t be afraid.

Cliff Richard


How’s it all working out for the bright young things that were the future for our planet and the example to governments all around the world?

Trudeau is mired in controversy over some dodgy dealings: Quote.

For Canadian liberals, or indeed any of us who cling to outdated ideas such as good governance and liberal democratic values, it was like watching a unicorn get flattened by a lorry. Earlier this week, Canada?s undeniably gorgeous, halo-bound Liberal prime minister, Justin Trudeau ? proud feminist, defender of minority rights, advocate for transparency, inclusivity and decency, and prince of the one-armed push-up ? was morally eviscerated over four-hours of astonishing testimony by his own former attorney general and justice minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould ? a woman of great integrity and a rare Indigenous Canadian cabinet minister. […]

When the story broke, Trudeau denied any connection between the standoff and Raybould-Wilson?s political punishment. He denied having done anything inappropriate or wrong. […]

If her testimony ? based on copious meeting notes as well as emails and text messages ? proves true, Trudeau?s behaviour was way beyond the bounds of what was fair or decent. It was sleazy, plain and simple. And for a leader whose entire brand identity, right down to the toes of his cotton rainbow socks, is based on fairness and decency, that?s pure political poison. End quote.

The Guardian


Oh dear, things are bad for Trudeau if the Guardian is writing about it.

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Simon gets schooled

Poor old Simon Bridges, he really cannot get a break. He tried to to look cool and intelligent in Question Time and failed.

It all started on Monday with Question 1 when Bridges challenged Ardern on rental growth under her government:? Quote.

Hon Simon Bridges: How many dollars a week has the median rent increased under her Government?

Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: I’ve actually seen some of the statements from the member on rental increases, and what I wanted to point out was that the numbers that he’s used have been quite selectively chosen. When you look across the country at the?and I can give a percentage rather than a numerical figure to the member; but, if he puts it on notice, I’ll bring a dollar figure for him?geometric mean growth, that’s remained relatively steady. So in September 2018, that was 4.8 percent; September 2017, it was also 4.8 percent; September 2016, it was 4.5 percent; September 2015, 5 percent?you get the picture. So it is fair to say rents have consistently increased over the years. Obviously, the member will know the most significant driver of that is supply, and this Government is focused on fixing that issue. End quote.

Ardern lists the rental growth rates for the previous 3 years: 5%, 4,5%, 4,8% and 4.8% under her government which seems pretty normal.? Quote. Read more »

Do we need to read between the lines?

ABIGAIL DOUGHERTY/STUFF

TVNZ posted an interview segment with Ardern and Peters recorded at the APEC summit in Port Moresby.

Ardern: Quote.

Our relationship is unique, I think we have a role to play in working alongside our Pacific counterparts to ensure that, actually, a whole range of global players understand some of the significant challenges here and we work to raise the profile of those be it with China, be it with the EU, be it with the UK. End quote.

I tried reading between the lines but there was nothing there either.? What are these ‘significant challenges’?? We don’t know, as we weren’t told.

Of course, our relationship (to whom or what?) is unique; just like every other country’s relationship is unique.

So?Ardern looked to Peters who took up the dialogue:

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Ardern aspires to restore the reputation of politicians

Well, good luck with that!? OneNewsNow reports: Quote.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she will have succeeded if parents become more positive about their children aspiring to be politicians, during an appearance on Singapore TV.

Asked on First Look Asia if she entered politics aiming to be the one to make a difference, Ms Ardern said she aspired in part to restore the reputation of politicians. End quote.

Another missed target: Clare Curran, Meka Whaitiri, Ian Lees-Galloway, Shane Jones, Marama Davidson, Golriz Gharaman etc.? and that is just the red team.? On the blue team, the reputations of Jame-Lee Ross and the, as yet, unnamed affairee are amongst those needing a reputation restoration. Quote.

“I always saw politics as a place where you could make a difference, I always remind people of that, if you?re a child and you tell your parent ?you want to be a politician? you?re not going to get the best response,” she said. End quote.

Well, that is one success we can all agree on: The Comrade’s Captain’s Call Policy (CCCP) of driving New Zealand into fuel poverty is certainly going to make a difference. Quote. Read more »

Could Ardern stop and think, just once?

Ardern took time to make a virtue-signalling speech at the “One Planet Summit” in New York.

Questions:

  1. Does she believe in the concept of “one planet”?
  2. If so, does she consider that China is on the same “one planet” as New Zealand?
  3. If so, has she looked at the increase in China’s consumption of coal?
  4. If so, why does she think that anything we do in New Zealand (on the same, one planet) will make the slightest bit of difference?

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Why no kindness for Jews, Jacinda?

As has been pointed out in an earlier post?New Zealand has, diplomatically, stayed very quiet about the massacre of Jews worshipping at a synagogue in Pennsylvania.

When challenged on this, the official response was as shown:“Not my responsibility”.? I’m just the PM, I don’t meddle in international stuff, that’s for Winston. Oh – except for trips to London, Nauru, New York etc. – you understand.

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Face of the day

Today’s face of the day must believe?in the existence of a magical birth canal.

Dr Alison Knowles is an Auckland Abortionist who says that abortions in New Zealand should be easily accessible up until birth.?Quote.

We’re of the opinion that a fetus doesn’t develop personhood or become a human until the time of birth. End quote.

The below video explains the ‘scientific reason’ to support Dr Alison Knowles extreme view.

 

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This is what the green future looks like

Anticipated investments in new power plants, storage and electricity networks by 2031 in billion euros

Sit up and take notice James Shaw, Megan Woods and friends.?This is the likely result of Cindy’s Captain’s Call Policy (CCCP).

In Germany, they called it the “Switch to the Future”??Energiewende. (Energy transition). If ruthless German efficiency cannot make the technology work then what hope does New Zealand have?

Germany has led the world (where have we heard that phrase recently?) and bullied the EU into climate change targets. They have set milestones and targets just like “Zero Carbon 2050” and it seems that it has not been a ripping success.? They had their ‘once in a generation’ solution, just like we are having Ardern’s generation’s “nuclear-free moment”.

This from the GWFP who translated the report from German. Quote.

Germany?s Federal Audit Office has accused the federal government of having largely failed to manage the transformation of Germany?s energy systems.

The expenditure for the ecological restructuring of the energy supply is in a ?blatant disproportion to the hitherto poor yield?, said President of the Court of Audit Kay Scheller in Berlin: ?The Federal Government is at risk to fail with its once in a generation project of the Energiewende?.

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