They were still digging themselves deeper yesterday. Unbelievable:
‘Gloves off’ for Bennett, Ardern on The AM Show
National and Labour deputy leaders Paula Bennett and Jacinda Arden have gone head-to-head on Friday morning, over National MP Nikki Kaye’s attack on the latter. Ms Kaye accused the new Mt Albert MP of being all show and no substance, and will do “a whole lot of photo ops”.
During their weekly panel interview on The AM Show, host Duncan Garner asked Ms Bennett if she agreed with Ms Kaye’s statements. “She called her out on something she feels really, really strong about – It’s calling her out,” Ms Bennett said. “It’s not [personal] actually, that’s about her work and her proven accountability, that’s what we do in Parliament, I get it every week!”
Things got tense when Ms Ardern said: “I just know that Nikki doesn’t believe that.” Ms Bennett was quick to retort: “That is so condescending Jacinda, that is absolutely condescending.”
Oh please – this from Ms “Zip it, sweetie” herself.
Ms Ardern maintained that her experience with Ms Kaye, as two-time Auckland Central electorate candidates, showed they had always been respectful of each other. “She’s changed her tune on that – her prerogative – but I’m going to stick to the way I do politics and that’s not to be personal.”
“Watch that moral high ground though,” Ms Bennett warned, “It gets pretty wobbly up there.”
“You can get altitude sickness,” Garner chipped in.
“Me too I’ve visited and it wasn’t a good place to be,” Ms Bennett said. …
Ok, so National’s deputy leader thinks that the moral high-ground isn’t a good place to be. A concept to be made fun of. I think that tells us more about National than it does about Ardern.
— Hamish Keith (@hamish_keith) March 17, 2017
National's attacks on Jacinda look desperate – and need to stop. https://t.co/JhzZ3EFA5s
— Patrick Gower (@patrickgowernz) March 16, 2017