Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern answered media questions about the challenges facing New Zealand’s primary producers.Video / Mark Mitchell
Just before Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern headed for a mid-year break a week ago, she did an opposition-inspiring Facebook Live.
It was on
An evening of large-scale peasant protests across the country.
Ardan did not stand up to those protests, and that day she did not speak to any media to react to them.
After seeing the scale of those protests, Ardan clearly opposed ignoring them altogether. That’s why Ardan chose to reply to the live video on Facebook on Friday night at 6:30 pm that night.
Ardan’s Facebook audience is her most adorable audience.
She has 2 million followers and 1.5 million likes, many of them abroad. This makes her like a defensive army when an opponent chips in.
Her videos and posts almost always respond to people clicking on their hearts or thumbs up.
Few people click on an angry face.
This post was an exception. As soon as she started talking, angry faces and comments began to flow.
This is the video she has watched and reacted to most recently. By Friday, there were 670,000 views and 19,000 comments.
Of the 20,000 responses, there were 7,500 angry faces. They agreed with multiple angry comments-some are irrational, but many are simply angry and wondering if the government is actually listening.
This is a Facebook post about Ardan’s reaction to Covid-19, proving the beginning of the end of former national leader Simon Bridges. If Ardan isn’t worried about the reaction to Friday’s post, it should be.
This post wasn’t exactly the same size, nor was it a cross section of a wide range of people. But it can represent a crossroads moment for Ardan. It shows that her persuasive power is limited.
It was Teflon’s first real wound that Covid-19 coated Ardan and showed that her immunity to criticism had diminished.
And it will shake the opposition’s heart as they know that other problems that could endanger Teflon are rising.
That doesn’t mean it will be easy.
A survey by Ipsos published earlier this week showed how thick Teflon is in almost every problem. Labor was trusted to handle all issues, including the economy, better than the whole country.
National held a caucuses on Thursday, during which time discussed a “request a debate” campaign. So far, the focus has been on hate speech, gangsters, He Puapua, and ute taxes for proper action. These are all issues in which the law is proceeding.
Collins seems to be overly focused on trying to place the act in its place, and the MPs have somehow been too involved in the civil war skirmish and lost sight of their true target voters. I’m starting to notice that.
The Ipsos survey also rattled some MPs, but also highlighted the problem of fertile land.
For some reason National has lost sight of the obvious, but they were completely obvious.
They are housing, living expenses, health and education.
These are the same issues that have plagued New Zealand voters from the beginning. It’s a matter of hip pockets and everyday life that leads voters’ ballots rather than a technical debate about the legal definition of “hate speech.”
Collins dismissed the results of the poll as not surprising given the low overall polls of the National, but said it didn’t make much sense to be far from the elections.
For the latter, she is wrong. It is time for opposition parties to begin to undermine government credibility on dominant issues in the year of elections.
These problems are becoming more apparent as house prices continue to rise, inflation begins to bite, interest rates begin to rise, and patience begins to diminish.
The following month, Collins and her deputy Shane Letty call each member for a calculation day called performance evaluation.
The remodeling will continue in September, if not earlier.
Collins had time to assess which of the new MPs were promising and which of the more skilled MPs were not in the right position for their skills.
Collins always has a potential leadership challenge behind her mind (of course), and the temptation is to modify it to support her own number.
Her priority should now be to fight the formation for the 2023 election, not to secure a loyal lieutenant.
This means putting heavy hitters in portfolios where the government can start declining, such as finances and health. Letty is a good doctor and may even be a good deputy leader. But opponents need a health spokesperson in attack mode.
Another issue is Covid-19.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison apologized this week for the vaccine’s deployment being slightly slower than expected.
Australian expansion is at about the same pace as New Zealand expansion, but New Zealanders are much more embraced than Australians. When Ardan was asked if she would also apologize, she said it instead.
But the government has promised a “surge” in recent months-and people are aware that they can’t get reservations months in advance.
The next two months are important to the government, which is still benefiting from suspicion.
After that Facebook post, Ardan took off what was supposed to be a 10-day holiday (disrupted rudely by the decision to close the Trans-Tusman bubble on Friday).
That would have meant a 10-day gap before Ardan was asked about those peasant protests. She probably relied on them, who had disappeared in the chronicles of history by then.
Ardan is becoming less prominent than ever, often announcing major moves to the ministers and being on the front lines when problems arise before the media is approached.
It may be intentional – concerns about overexposure, or attempts to keep the Prime Minister away from controversy. But it also borders complacency.
When it comes to persuading people about the need for rigorous action, major reforms, or mitigation of concerns, the Prime Minister is in the best position to do so. Ardan does that with Covid-19, but the other issues aren’t too many.
In the first year of Congress’s term, vacuum cleaners are affordable. There are still two years before the next election.
But savvy opposition is well aware that the gap from the government offers opportunities for noisy opposition.
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