Written By: - Date published: 12:10 pm, September 24th, 2018 - 25 comments
Categories: climate change, Economy, International, jacinda ardern, john key, national, same old national, Simon Bridges, tourism - Tags:
I’d have to say that the most dumbarse thing I have seen Simon Bridges quoted as saying was in this article about Jacinda Ardern going to the US, and getting invited on to numerous platforms to speak about the NZ position on climate change, probably on being a PM and a mother, and what it is like to be a kiwi in the worlds eye…
Mr Bridges told The AM Show what he would do if he had the international platform Ms Ardern will enjoy this week.
“I’d say it’s an outstanding country of opportunity. I think we’d probably push the tourism strongly, I think we’d push the trade strongly.”
My god – what a complete and utter commercial and political fool. And a stupid hypocrite as well bearing in mind his recent commitment to dealing with climate change issues.
Let me break this down..
With the platforms being offered Jacinda Ardern simply doesn’t have to act the fool as John Key did when he got Tourism NZ to pay for his piss poor appearance on Letterman. That is something you do when you’re absolutely desperate for attention – like at the height of a global financial crisis with a tourist slump.
It certainly isn’t the case at present with tourism to New Zealand. Look at just the title alone of this article from early this year – “International tourist numbers up 1.2m in the last five years“.
New Zealand to my eye is again headed towards exceeding our tourism carrying capacity with issues showing up in everything from airport congestion, airport lounges (Air NZ sent me something on that last week), through to the tourist sites and their roads around the country.
At present we really don’t need commercial dimwits trying to promote more tourism volumes. We need to start working more on fixing our offerings so that we can actually provide what the advertisements promise. We don’t offer congestion and we shouldn’t provide it.
Trying to get the PM to do something as crass and stupid as a NZ tourism hard sell on the world stage when we’re already at tourism capacity is one of them. It is just like calling for massive increases in immigration without making sure that the housing and infrastructure can handle the influx. It is just stupid.
Sure it is a good idea that political parties get their heads together to get ideas on how to handle climate change issues for the good of the country. But their varied constituencies are wide, so this is only ever going to be a general frame work.
The details will need to be done inside their own parties – which is where all of the problems with National’s acceptance and subsequent sabotage of climate change initiatives has always come from over recent decades. But that is hard close work inside their party and among their donors. It isn’t political headline work.
And politically it is bloody silly for Simon Bridges to paint such an early target on himself inside National. It just serves to give ammunition to the noisy nutters inside his own party members and caucus who have destroyed similar political resolutions several times before.
He should probably concentrate on getting a workable consensus and acceptance about climate change inside National first then look for headlines later. Otherwise it just provides exactly the stalking horse required by the disparate disaffected to cooperate with their nutter fringe to destroy any climate change along with his leadership.
But that involves figuring out and understanding climate change policy with others inside his party. But it is pretty obvious that hasn’t happened.
Just think about this. Simon Bridges in an article that was primarily about NZ on the international stage for climate change and his own parties commitment to climate change frameworks. So he chose to use his comment on it to suggest that we should promote international tourism into NZ.
New Zealand as a remote tourism destination is a climate change issue. Every tourist coming to this country burns large quantities of carbon just to get here and back again.
Yet Simon Bridges is urging our Prime Minister going on a trip to talk about how to deal with climate change issues to promote more climate change. The crass stupidity and outright hypocrisy of that is just appalling.
I have to say that it just isn’t that good for the country to have a opposition that is quite unthinkingly bad at political reality whilst hunting for headlines. Despite the possible damage to the left, I’d have to say that perhaps the National party could do better.
Fortunately I suspect that Jacinda Ardern is considerably more competent and I suspect that we won’t see this kind of daft stupidity from her trip.