Written By: - Date published: 8:16 am, September 17th, 2018 - 42 comments
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National’s latest attempt at winning the political debate is to engage in white noise. Say things loudly and continuously and hope that the media follow course.
The last few days have shown the latest iteration of this tactic. Get the media to question why Jacinda Ardern is not appearing on TV as often as the networks would like. It was abundantly clear a few days ago that there had been a snafu and that Jacinda was going to spend the morning preparing to give one of the most important speeches of her career. Rather than shying away from media attention she was preparing to go centre stage.
And news of the speech broke a few days ago. I do not understand why elements of the media persisted with the criticism.
Then after Jacinda’s speech Simon Bridges appeared. Fresh from participating in a protest that an unsafe road in Tauranga had not been upgraded, and yes it should be and he should complain to the local MP and the Government responsible for the past decade of neglect, he berated Ardern for being Trump like.
Comparing Jacinda Ardern to US President Donald Trump, National leader Simon Bridges has blasted the Prime Minister’s speech on Sunday as a waste of time.
Ms Ardern promised to deliver a “major speech” in Auckland that would set “out a comprehensive set of priorities” for the Government.
But the National Party leader said she instead simply delivered a “rah-rah speech” that failed to live up to the hype.
“They think that a photo op 10 months in is a substitute for a plan and an ability to improve the lives of New Zealanders. It’s not,” he said.
Mr Bridges said the speech was a desperate plea by the Prime Minister to show a united Government after weeks of questions around cracks showing in the coalition.
The Prime Minister has been attempting to brush off concerns that New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has been trying to make a power-play over employment law changes, the refugee quota and Crown-Maori relations.
“This was a lost opportunity for Ms Ardern to admit her mistakes, acknowledge the cracks in her coalition and focus on policies that will genuinely benefit New Zealand,” he said. “Instead, we’ve been given a show designed to distract from her weak leadership and lack of new ideas”.
He went on to compare the speech to a TED Talk which “shows a Trump-like attempt to avoid tough questions with a stage-managed pep rally and carefully vetted questions”.
How valid is the criticism? Well apart from them both being bipedal mammals I can’t think of two people who are more different. One of them has a heart as well as a brain.
Granted they do both speak to crowds from time to time. One releases a tirade of fear mongering hate, the type which Bridges and his ilk normally approve of.
The other yesterday gave a precise succinct overview of the first 12 months of her rule as Prime Minister and a pledge about measurement of progress against announced policies.
But where was the detail the independent commentators on twitter thundered?
Jacinda did this really strange thing. There is this thing called the interweb and it allows you to put information there and anyone with access to the interweb can then access that information. This means you don’t have to give a four hour speech and people can check in the future what you promised. You can give a half hour speech and access to a detailed plan all at the same time!
But Bridges and Co’s attempts are essentially spray and walk away. Creation of critical noise just because they can.
Alex Coleman has the best summary:
Ardern is a virtue signalling weak Trump like figure who is just like the North Koreans doing their Ted Talks giving away too much to her coalition partners like a tyrant, and this is not an attack on her but her policy
clear messaging right there.
— Alex Coleman (@ShakingStick) September 16, 2018
And there seems to be an element of spontaneous coordination.
— Rangi Kemara (@Te_Taipo) September 16, 2018