“Don’t cry for me New Zealand”. Jacinta Ardern as a Latin American populist

The Labour Party has secured the first absolute majority since the misguided Conservative PM Bolger introduced proportional representation and torpedoed the promising possibilities that were available in the wake of the Roger Douglas reforms and a good Conservative agenda with Ruth Richardson scoring some runs.

It is a bitter irony that after three years without progress on the core of its policy agenda Ardern’s Labour Party now faces greater obstacles to generating growth and moderating wealth inequality than when first taking power in 2017. 

Why Jacinda Ardern is just like a Latin American populist

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23 Responses to “Don’t cry for me New Zealand”. Jacinta Ardern as a Latin American populist

  1. feelthebern

    Cats are rightly concerned about the levels of government debt Australia is racking up.

    NZ: Hold my beer.

  2. Shy Ted

    And 25 new Covid cases in NZ. What better excuse. Although the reports seem to have missed out the words “dead, critical, in intensive care, hospitalised and dropping like flies”.

  3. Petros

    Do we use the term Crown debt here? Presumably this is more important for the country than talking about total debt which obfuscates the government proportion. I’m not an economist.

  4. cuckoo

    You missed the chance for “Don’t cry for me Aotearoa”

  5. Entropy

    All so Winston Peters could be deputy PM and acting PM while Adern was on mat leave.
    The place is sliding into irrelevancy.

  6. Roger

    The only bright side to her and her government’s ineptitude is that their target of 100% renewables by 2030 won’t be reached, just as the 100 000 affordable houses won’t be built. Neither will the Auckland airport-CBD rail link or the new hospitals desperately needed in provincial cities like Dunedin.

    Ardern’s failures could render NZ a failed state. By that time NZers will may wake up to the con that is socialism, just like Venezuelans. Alas, it will be too late.

  7. a happy little debunker

    Just imagine how popular she would be had she enabled the (then) recommended guns law changes when first elected – rather than wait til after 51 deaths in Christchurch.

    Yet, nobody talks of the blood on her hands???

  8. thefrollickingmole

    It is a bitter irony that after three years without progress on the core of its policy agenda Ardern’s Labour Party now faces greater obstacles to generating growth and moderating wealth inequality than when first taking power in 2017.

    Already preparing the excuses for why socialism failed this time…

  9. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    It’s simply inexplicable that the utterly vile staggeringly stupid braying jennet was re-elected.

    Their economy is cactus, FFS and it’s entirely her doing.

    We’re about to re-witness a similar farce in Queensland.

  10. H B Bear

    What you get when the media is just a cheerleading bunch of 20-something J School know nothings.

  11. H B Bear

    NZ is always just 6 months away from recession at the best of times.

    These are not the best of times.

  12. Tel

    Victory of isolationism over globalization.

  13. Roger

    NZ is always just 6 months away from recession at the best of times.

    We certainly dodged a bullet when they opted to stay out of the Federation.

  14. John Bayley

    By that time NZers will may wake up to the con that is socialism, just like Venezuelans.

    They won’t. Just look at Argentina.

    Besides, NZ already has come close to being utterly broke, in the 1980s.
    So this will just be a repeat performance, with Australia not far behind.

  15. Scott Osmond

    So all those New Zealanders fleeing the workers paradise will land in Australia. Just in time to have Australia turn in to a workers paradise. You would need a heart of stone not to laugh.

  16. pbw

    Don’t cry for me Long White Cloud Land.

  17. TBH

    This is what happens when you have both proportional representation and a unicameral parliament. The shackles will be completely off for the government now, because there will be no way to stop them. No house of review and now no ability to challenge policy in one house of parliament they do have. NZ is going to be an absolute economic basket case if Ardern gets any of this stuff off the ground. Hopefully they will be mugged by reality well before it gets too bad.

  18. flyingduk

    ‘Good n hard’ … HL Mencken

  19. Gyro Cadiz

    Wait for the budget when this slobbering CCP satrap tries to tax, borrow and spend her way to prosperity.

    Then watch the bond market reaction.

  20. David Brewer

    The other shoe is Jacinda’s (Rafe note spelling for title) Covid “success”.

    New Zealand was one place where a lockdown might have been relatively effective in severely restricting propagation of the virus. It seems to have been. The result is a population that is still highly vulnerable to the virus, and which is now terrified of it, so that it will be harder to avoid a second lockdown.

  21. Squirrel

    In some respects, Jacinda is a symptom of Trump Derangement Syndrome.

    She has been feted by the international luvvie media because she is the antithesis of Trump, and the majority of the voters in a very small country at the end of their earth (yes, Straya is penultimate), which suffers from a fairly bad case of insecurity and relevance deprivation syndrome, absolutely love it.

    This has happened in spite of the fact that she speaks in laboured platitudes, runs the country like a scout troop which has discovered hash cookies, and relies utterly on cargo cult economics.

    The footage of the election night celebrations was like something out of Footrot Flats.

  22. Up The Workers!

    Meanwhile, poor old Mr.Ed is bemoaning the possibility that Jacinda Horseteeth might bequeath his dentures to the rugrat when she eventually kicks the tin.

  23. Bad Samaritan

    Ok, so I know it’s bad form (get it?) to judge a sheila by her horse-like looks, but jeepers creepers, what we see protruding from JA’s upper jaw is after several years orthodontic remedial work.

    FFS!

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