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11:49 am, July 31st, 2019 - 31 comments
Categories: jacinda ardern, labour, national, same old national, Simon Bridges, spin, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, uncategorized, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: Ihumātao
It could be a long 12 months if Simon Bridges’ latest behaviour is any indication.
He has criticised Jacinda for visiting part of New Zealand or at least part of the world that is under New Zealand’s protection.
Opposition leader Simon Bridges has called Jacinda Ardern a “part-time Prime Minister” for visiting Tokelau while issues remain at Ihumātao in South Auckland.
“When you’ve got an economy stalling, when you’ve got the first Māori land occupation we’ve seen in a very long time, it beggars belief the Prime Minister right now is in Tokelau,” the National leader said.
“Frankly, I think a lot of New Zealanders will be starting to wonder whether they have a part-time Prime Minister and a part-time Government.”
So she should be back here and resolving Ihumātao.
But wait …
So she should stay in New Zealand so that she can do nothing about Ihumātao?
And he then says that although Ihumātao is an urgent issue it is not a priority.
The most appalling aspect is his Trumpian attempt to categorise Tokelauans as somehow undeserving and the hint that Ardern as a young mother is spending too much time with her family. It is an impressive feat blowing two dog whistles at the same time.
Morning Report twitter had fun:
No wonder Corin Dann sounded so exasperated.
If Bridges keeps this up it is going to be a long year before his inevitable loss at the next year’s election and for a bout of blood letting to occur.