The latest UMR poll results were leaked yesterday and were not good for National.
The rumoured results were:
Clearly they approximate National’s own polling and they have caused Judith Collins to reflect and tone down her rhetoric and be more constructive because the last couple of days have shown a marked improvement in her behaviour.
NAAAHHHHH just joking. She has been buzzing around like an angry bee on strong steroids.
Yesterday she engaged in school playground shtick and accused Jacinda Ardern of lying about Covid, and being dishonest about its intentions for tax policies and suggesting that if elected Labour would implement Green Party policy.
I wish Judith was right. The country really does need a progressive tax system. But like the implementation of a Capital Gains Tax Ardern has ruled it out and I am sure that she will stick to her word.
Then Judith decided to fat shame people. From Radio New Zealand:
National Party leader Judith Collins has described obesity as a weakness and says people should not “blame systems for personal choices”.
She was asked about her view on obesity during a radio interview yesterday and was today asked about that by media on the campaign trail. She said people who were obese needed to take some personal responsibility.
When told that some had called her comments heartless, Collins said: “Do you know what is heartless? Is actually thinking someone else can cure these issues. We can all take personal responsibility and we all have to own up to our little weaknesses on these matters.
“Do not blame systems for personal choices.”
This is not a very good thing to say in a campaign, particularly in a country that struggles with obesity and with a National Front bench with more than a few members who appear to have seen the inside of a donut shop one too many times.
What will today bring? Will she challenge Jacinda to a fight? Will she insult short people?
Whatever happens her Trumpian shock and awe routine is not working. As the UMR poll shows.