Simon Bridges has a major problem. He is not John Key. He is not quick on his feet and he is not the least bit funny.
His attempts to be the lad with talkback radio have misfired badly. Like this attempt on Radio Hauraki that has just been reported on in Stuff.
He was asked if it seemed politically correct to have a female baby. His response was:
Only under a Labour government.”
He was then asked if the baby should be considered genderfluid at this point and replied:
She should be going to school like in boy’s clothes right?”
It gets worse.
The hosts then check if he Bridges thinks the baby has already cost the taxpayer much money – she was born in a public hospital. Bridges agreed.Some generic sounds of a baby crying are then played, while the two hosts and Bridges try to guess whether the baby is saying “capital gains tax” or “governing by committee.”
Bridges is asked how he will make sure the baby votes for National when it turns 18.
“Here’s the deal. See her parents I reckon were solid blue, I mean he’s a cop right, cops vote blue. They know we’re strong on law and order,” Bridges said.
And he wants to alienate the vote of anyone with a degree.
“Jacinda went to uni. She got some funny ideas.”
And the worst thing is that he thinks no one will notice his comments.
You know why I’m saying these things right now? Because I know that nothing I say is going to make the news in the next like seven days,” Bridges told the Hauraki hosts.
“I’m in a complete news vacuum.”
Not if what he said is embarrassingly unfunny and is spread far and wide.
Long may Simon Bridges continue to be National leader. Because while he is there they will not get any traction.