This morning on Morning Report Simon Bridges spouted some words. Connected with reality they were not.
Despite all economic data saying otherwise – strong government books and growth – we’re in an “Economic downturn”. And the government is “failing” and “weak”. Projection much? Only one party has been connected with those words this week…
He also claimed he’d followed Jami-Lee Ross’ doctor’s advice in dealing with him… So revealing they thought Ross was the leak and going after him heavily in the media was presumably always going to be fine for his mental health? In his only concession Simon at least had the awareness to admit calling Ross’ health issue embarrassing was bad.
Finally he claimed he’d come out of last week stronger. Despite the poll that they were discussing explicitly stating that 2% of people thought he’d done well last week, and a full 38% having a worse opinion of him because of it. And pundits openly questioning how long he can last (answer: generally a little while, mainly because who’s going to want to step into his shoes until this quietens down a bit?)
TVNZ’s poll with Simon on an amazing 7% was conducted from Monday – Friday last week. Monday morning none of this had broken, Friday people had the whole effect, bar Jami-Lee going back to hospital* – would be interesting to see the poll numbers by day. And often there’s a wee lag in polls as people absorb, chat with their mates… I’d bet National’s numbers are worse this week, not improving as Simon asserts (he doesn’t want to comment on their internal numbers strangely). But he’s banking on the fact that only TV1 seem to have the money to do a public poll these days, and they’re only about every 3 months in non-election season, so we won’t see the trends, or even remember his words when the next poll comes out. (Poll rarity also means we have no idea of any “rogue-ness” in polls as we have nothing to compare with).
Since Morning Report Simon’s now desperately claiming Wellington is considering a Regional Fuel Tax despite their Mayor Justin Lester and the Minister of Transport Phil Twyford both saying it’s never been suggested…
At least a month ago when he was barking at every passing Tahr, those Tahrs actually existed… (still not sure why we need bad-tasting Himalayan goats destroying our natural wilderness, but there you go…)
* as Ross is apparently out again now, it would appear he wasn’t sectioned? Despite ‘a National source’ (who?) feeding that to media who all accepted it… concerning how much desperation there was to be first rather than correct in the media over the last week – and a lot of acceptance of gossip.