Acting Prime Minister

While Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters are overseas together, as they are now, Labour’s deputy leader takes on the role of Acting Prime Minister. However Kelvin Davis has kept a low profile.

From Stuff – Below the beltway: The week in politics

Kelvin Davis: Davis has been acting prime minister while Ardern was in Europe all week. We forgive you for having absolutely no idea. While avoiding any mishaps or the spotlight at all might have been a deliberate policy, this would have been a good time Davis to rise his political profile at least a little bit. His interview with RNZ in the Prime Minister’s normal slot wasn’t so bad that it made headlines, but he could have done a much better job defending the Government – he missed an obvious error in the premise of one of the questions which would have turned the conversation around well.

RNZ had some coverage of Davis during the week:

The latest political polling is a mixed bag, with something to celebrate and something to worry about for every party involved.

Acting Prime Minister Kelvin Davis says it’s not a good look for Mr Bridges. He also discusses the government ending oil and gas exploration permits, saying he has had a lot of support for it in Northland, and it’s the right thing to do.

46 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  April 21, 2018

    Kelvin’s doing well.

    • Gezza

       /  April 21, 2018

      He’s doing ok – & it’s mainly because Parliament’s not sitting & he therefore doesn’t have to answer Questions to the Prime Minister, Robert.

  2. robertguyton

     /  April 21, 2018

    Jacinda’s doing very well; she’s become the darling of the world political scene and New Zealand’s profile on that stage has lifted immensely. Key attracted disdain when he flounced around the globe; Jacinda’s won our respect back; thanks, Jacinda.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 21, 2018

      When will J be playing golf with Trump?

      • Gezza

         /  April 21, 2018

        I don’t think he will. He plays golf with Barak Obama (on AirNZ’s money). Anyway, he’s retired from politics.

    • Gezza

       /  April 21, 2018

      I don’t know if New Zealand’s profile’s been lifted by much, tbh, but the novelty of a young, pregnant, PM means at the moment she’s getting a bit of paparazzi-type coverage herself. I thought the korowai looked great. Good on her for wearing that for her speech.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 21, 2018

        Thank heaven she didn’t wear the satin pyjamas that looked as if she’d forgotten to put a skirt on.

        The novelty will soon wear off. It’s superficial.

        I wish that she hadn’t said ‘Thank you for having us. It’s been a real pleasure !’ to the Queen. Rather gauche !

      • robertguyton

         /  April 21, 2018

        Meeeeeeeoooow!
        She looked wonderful! Kitty, I’ll say it again, she looked wonderful!!!
        I’ll bet the Queen wished she was one of hers.

        • Gezza

           /  April 21, 2018

          Hers have given her no end of trouble, especially wit their choices of spouse & playmates – except Edward, so far.

          (I wonder a bit about him though, sometimes, just between us.)

    • alloytoo

       /  April 21, 2018

      What exactly are you smoking, I’m sure it should be banned.

      She embarrasses us every time she opens her mouth.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 21, 2018

        I’ll bet the Queen thought no such thing.

        ‘Thank you for having us, it’s been a real pleasure.’ How non-U.

  3. PDB

     /  April 21, 2018

    I thought Ardern was the ‘acting’ Prime Minister?

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  April 21, 2018

      So did I.

    • alloytoo

       /  April 21, 2018

      Why do you think that? I don’t think she acts like a PM at all.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 21, 2018

        My mistake, silly me, I meant to say Claytons PM.

        Of course, one could say that she’s like an actor or actress who is miscast and acts the part badly !

        • robertguyton

           /  April 21, 2018

          What crap.

          • PDB

             /  April 21, 2018

            For once I agree with you – her acting is pretty bad!

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 21, 2018

              Yes, all that nodding and grimacing is a bit odd.

  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 21, 2018

    Why do people keep saying ‘the beltway’ which is surely meaningless in NZ ?

    • robertguyton

       /  April 21, 2018

      Why do ‘people’ keep snarking at every detail of Jacinda’s wardrobe and her every utterance? Lives that lack meaning?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 21, 2018

        Hardly ‘every detail’. But as PM, she represents the country, and is the face of NZ, so stretch(ed) satin leggings straining at the seams under a short satin blouse are not appropriate for a formal occasion where there will be other leaders present, when the odds are that these will be dressed appropriately, She looked ridiculous.

        • robertguyton

           /  April 21, 2018

          Have you ever applied your keen focus on matters sartorial to praising Jacinda? Just wondering if you can express any goodwill toward the lovely woman.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 21, 2018

            Well, she looked all right in the dress that she wore later, but I was not alone in thinking that the pyjamas were hideously unflattering as well as being inappropriate for a PM at a formal occasion.

            Why should I fawn over her and think that she’s lovely ? I don’t admire her; she fence-sits, goes back on her word about taxes and denies that she was ever anti-immigration when there is evidence that she was, said that she didn’t want to be party leader… And so on. What’s lovely about that ?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 21, 2018

              I was looking forward to the taxcuts that she blandly took back to give to people better off than I am.

            • robertguyton

               /  April 21, 2018

              Yeah, get stuck into her, for her…clothes, Kitty. Makes a lot of sense.

            • Gezza

               /  April 21, 2018

              I really think you girls should stop slagging off her outfits. It makes seem like the Housewives of Hollywood. She looks fine.

            • Gezza

               /  April 21, 2018

              *It makes you (pl) seem … stet

            • Gezza

               /  April 21, 2018

              I was looking forward to the taxcuts that she blandly took back to give to people better off than I am.

              I’m income-poor & I was gonna get nothing, so I didn’t give a toss. Would you have got all that much extra anyway?

              Do you get the Winter energy payment? I don’t think I do, but I haven’t checked whether I can apply. I just thought you needed to be on super or some form of benefit.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  April 21, 2018

              I think that I am too young, so will be let to freeze.

              It’s a good point that some people have made; that it’s not twice as expensive to heat a room when two or more people are in it as it is to heat one with one person in it..

    • Gezza

       /  April 21, 2018

      Why do people keep saying ‘the beltway’ which is surely meaningless in NZ ?
      I just looked it up. I didn’t realise it refers ONLY to the ring road around Washington DC & all the political, governmental, & lobbying lifeforms within it.

      It’s not good enuf. Using it here. I guess they say Westminster or Whitehall in the UK. We need to come up with our own catchy, relevant term for Wellington’s seedy political environment.

      Any ideas?

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  April 21, 2018

        Bellamy’s? The Beehive?

        • Gezza

           /  April 21, 2018

          We tend to use it here to refer to politicians & those who’ve only ever worked in Government Agencies or NGO’s don’t we? So it needs to encompass The Terrace & Lambton Quay as well as the Parliamentary precinct.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 21, 2018

        I agree. It sounds ridiculous to ape this expression.

        The Windfarm ?

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  April 21, 2018

        The reason for the criticism of her clothes is not that they are unflattering, which they often are, but the maroon satin jimmyjams made her look ridiculous and unlike a PM.

        • Gezza

           /  April 21, 2018

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  April 21, 2018

            Never saw a wink look such hard work.

            • Gezza

               /  April 21, 2018

              Ya grumpy old bugger. 😐

            • Gezza

               /  April 21, 2018

              Sheesh, wot a grouch. 😠

            • robertguyton

               /  April 21, 2018

              I’m thinking, “gout”.

            • Gezza

               /  April 21, 2018

              Nup. Bugger’s fit as a fiddle from what I saw of him.

            • robertguyton

               /  April 21, 2018

              Billiousness can strike the fittest. Probably ate something that disagreed with him; a conservatioinist, perhaps?
              (See; humour. At least I’m willing to have a go. I wish PDB would. At least try ).

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  April 21, 2018

              When she winks everything moves, mouth, jaw, head, neck – the lot. Not a natural sportswoman I’m guessing.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  April 21, 2018

            That one is all right, the shade of red suits her. The uneven neck isn’t great, though, it’s distracting. Is it meant to be like that ?

            The dark maroon shades make her look older and unwell as that colour drains people’s own colour and is very unflattering. Probably why it’s often chosen for school uniforms, it’s unlikely to make anyone look good, except the girls with really dark skin like the Muslims who can get away with it whereas the Pakehas look pasty and sallow.

  5. David

     /  April 21, 2018

    Davis is by far the brightest and most talented in cabinet, by a good stretch.