The funniest thing you’ll read all day

From a long piece in The Australian:

Through its KiwiBuild program, the government pledged 100,000 high-quality, affordable homes across 10 years, half of them in Auckland.

In reality, after 47 houses were built, the targets were scrapped as unrealistic. 

That is an objective failure – people should know better by now to believe such promises.  Nonetheless spectacular – awesome effort.

I also chuckled at this:

The Washington Post observed after Ardern hobnobbed with the wealthy worthy in Davos that, while many were enthralled, ­others saw the NZ PM as being cut from the same poseur cloth as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, only less annoying and with an easier country to run.

Then:

“She is regarded as a bit of a show pony who is not delivering,” Australian National Univer­sity professor John Wanna says.

Now that may or may not be true.  But to be fair that is hardly unique to the New Zealand prime minister.

Interestingly enough – the piece today follows another piece that I read in the AFR suggesting that the Ardern government might be in trouble:

A personally popular Prime Minister at home, and uber-popular one abroad, Ardern is now facing one of the biggest challenges of her premiership. The headache is not being caused by the opposition, or a flagging economy, but the behaviour of her own Deputy Prime Minister and Coalition partner, Winston Peters.

It seems that Winston Peters has been involved in some complicated scheme to funnel money to political ends.

Like all electoral law it is a bit murky and complicated, but the basic facts are these: NZ First appears to have operated a foundation to the side of the party that receives donations and pays for party activities, while not declaring those donations to the New Zealand Electoral Commission.

Hard to get excited – but it may be important for some.

I do tend to be a bit suspicious of arguments suggesting a first term (national) government will be thrown out because they are struggling to deliver.  By definition first term governments struggle with high expectation and inexperience. I suspect voters know this and discount those issues when they get to actually voting.

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19 Responses to The funniest thing you’ll read all day

  1. sabena

    She would be on course for re election,but for her “preachiness”.That factor is probably more important than her record.Its still likely she will be re elected.

  2. Struth

    Uber popular one abroad is complete bullshit.
    The left wing media once again believing it speaks for all.
    How can you be so self absorbed and thick?

  3. Roger

    Hard to get excited – but it may be important for some.

    It’s important for Ardern; she only holds power courtesy Peters (and the NZ Greens).

    By definition first term governments struggle with high expectation and inexperience. I suspect voters know this and discount those issues when they get to actually voting.

    This is a first term minority government.

    The National Party won a majority of seats in 2017.

    So Ardern doesn’t have the popular support at home that her profile abroad suggests.

  4. Titch

    Nothing but a horse faced virtue signaller. Vacuous poseur, like Macron and Trudeau.

  5. Andre Lewis

    She appeals to the NZ inner city green/left voters predominantly and tying her party to Winston Peters to gain government would not have gone down well with them or more moderate citizens.
    Like the ALP here she spouts climate change claptrap incessantly and this endears her to the Trudeau and Macron supporters but will cut no ice at home in this years elections.
    A one hit wonder.

  6. duncanm

    the government pledged

    Since when has that statement actually resulted in the stated outcome, in any country?

  7. Porter

    You forget that Ardhern got a minority of votes, Peter’s Party even less , but it is the peculiarity and outrage of the NZ system that delivered a PM nobody voted for. Seriously.

  8. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    I simply can’t see her (or her party) retaining government if there’s any kind of swing back to the Nationals, which there inevitably will be. This will be due to the simmering resentment within the electorate at the bastardry that saw the tiresome egotistical and utterly useless bint installed in the first place. Peters and his party will rightfully cop a backlash from the electorate as well.

    All of this is of course, due to the staggeringly stupid and anti-democratic electoral system they inflicted on themselves to start with. Zero sympathy.

  9. FelixKruell

    I do tend to be a bit suspicious of arguments suggesting a first term (national) government will be thrown out because they are struggling to deliver. By definition first term governments struggle with high expectation and inexperience. I suspect voters know this and discount those issues when they get to actually voting.

    Except no one really voted for this government. Some voted for Winston Peters. Some voted for Jackinda. No one voted for a coalition of the two. But that’s what they got…

  10. John64

    You forget that Ardhern got a minority of votes, Peter’s Party even less , but it is the peculiarity and outrage of the NZ system that delivered a PM nobody voted for. Seriously.

    100% true – but as viewed from the delusional and woke world inhabited by Bandana Man:

    Their cross-promoting opportunities exhausted, Fitzy offered this characteristically ignorant observation: “The most fascinating thing about the New Zealand Prime Minister, of course, is that even though the politics of the world is drifting to feral right, she is the beacon for how politics can be done – progressive, inclusive, considered – and still romp home at elections.”

    What election has Ardern ever romped home at? At the national poll of 2017, she garnered fewer than a million votes. Her Labour Party won 36.9 per cent of the vote and 46 seats to the Nats’ 44.5 per cent and 56 seats. She governs in minority only with the support of nationalist, anti-immigration party NZ First and its populist, Hanson-esque leader Winston Peters, who she made deputy PM and foreign minister.

  11. John Bayley

    All of this is of course, due to the staggeringly stupid and anti-democratic electoral system they inflicted on themselves to start with.

    Let’s also not forget that the New Zealanders subsequently voted against retaining their “MMP” (mixed member proportional) voting system.
    Alas, as these things go in our ‘democratic’ world, that referendum was ‘non-binding’, so the government of the day chose to ignore it.
    Why not, too, considering the previous first past the post system ’employed’ 90 MPs, while the half directly elected & half party list MMP expanded that to 120.
    Maybe Tasmania should adopt MMP as well. They could then double their parliamentary numbers and solve any unemployment remaining in that State.

  12. John of Mel

    Nothing but a horse faced virtue signaller.

    A “show pony”, as a headline in The Australian fittingly states.

  13. Frank

    Nothing but a horse faced virtue signaller.

    More like craven opportunist. If someone I loved was murdered by some lunatic and then someone else takes shallow applause lines while standing on the still warm corpse with a hanky on their head I wouldn’t be thinking of their obvious virtue.

  14. Old Lefty

    My NZ contacts on the South Island point to a further, self-inflicted problem, namely the perception that she is too Auckland-centric. The South Island was already feeling neglected before her recent announcement of a $12 billion infrastructure package, of which the South Island will get 5%. My contacts think Labor will be in deep trouble in its South Island seats.

  15. 2dogs

    NZ First appears to have operated a foundation to the side of the party that receives donations and pays for party activities

    So, like GetUp?

  16. Robbo

    Arden is a political lightweight and relies almost solely on populism to keep her afloat but all that is in danger because she has a real dill in the role of Winston Peters. What a perfect fit for NZ with a populist airhead as PM and a lazy no nothing as deputy PM.

  17. Squirrel

    The failure to deliver the related promise – to reduce the immigration rate – also with the (stated) purpose of easing the pressure on housing, will presumably add to voter disenchantment, even though NZ is, of course, a much lovelier, cuddlier, welcoming, diverse and vibrant country than that continent of deplorables to the west.

  18. BrettW

    Didn’t Lisa Wilkinson and others say Arden should be Australia’s PM ?

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