If you want to understand the difference between the two major parties how about this? Last year Jacinda Ardern instructed her ministers to make no comment about Jami-Lee Ross’s problems or National’s predicament.
From Mitchell Alexander at Newshub:
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern directed her Government ministers not to comment on Jami-Lee Ross and his relationship with the National Party, Newshub can reveal.
If they did talk, they needed to show compassion and she even provided talking points instructing them what to say.
An email from the Prime Minister’s office was sent to other ministers’ offices on October 16 last year, which included a proposed response if they were asked by media about the issues surrounding Mr Ross.
Ministers were told to say, “These are issues for the National Party caucus. There’s always some concerns when there’s a human side to these situations.”
And this was not a one off:
A second email was sent on November 5 with another proposed response which included: “This is the National Party’s business.”
That was the same day a new tape was leaked to The AM Show which revealed a conversation between Mr Bridges, deputy leader Paula Bennett and Mr Ross.
Think back to the last Government where the well placed leak and the abuse of official information was a prominent feature.
This is a welcome change. And out in voter land I am sure it is a winning change.