Q&A – Bridges on cross party climate change cooperation

This morning on Q&A: National says it wants to work with the Government on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What does that really mean? National leader Simon Bridges will be with us live.

This could be interesting.

One National’s decision:National supporting non-partisan Climate Commission

One of the more ridiculous comments in response:

Climate change is a fraud, perpetrated on us by troughing and corrupt scientists. Not a single prediction, model or claim about the catastrophe that awaits us if we do nothing has ever come true, nor is it ever likely to. We are hobbling our economy by pandering to this nonsense.


Apart from stupid that is either very ignorant or deliberate bull pandering to an ignorant audience.

Overall impression is that this is a one of Bridges’ better interviews. I think he and his PR team have been doing some work to improve his public performances – they have plenty of time to prepare for QA interviews.

He was knowledgeable – and there was even signs of some passion. Perhaps he can grow into the job.

As well as climate change a lot of the interview was spent on prisons and crime – this was to Bridges’ advantage because it is something he is very familiar with – he was a lawyer and crown prosecutor before getting into politics.

On the panel, on climate change, Peter Dunne says that National had no choice to engage on climate change in Parliament.

Fran O’Sullivan says she was quite disappointed that Bridges failed to say clearly what he supported on irrigation and stocking levels – but Dunne disagrees, saying that putting bottom lines out there at this stage is not a good idea.

As soon as I saw that panel i thought of The Standard.

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  1. Gezza

     /  17th June 2018

    I’ll watch it at 10am on the plus one channel.

    • Gezza

       /  17th June 2018

      Bridges waffled about on Climate Change. But Corrin Dann seemed to be channelling Lisa Owen. Constantly interrupted & talked over top of him so you couldn’t sometimes hear what he was saying.

      On crime Bridges repeated the National line that 98% of prisoners are in the slammer for serious offences to protect the public (this is actually the defence against dumping the 3 strikes law).

      He basically ignored the question about Little’s claim that 41% of remand prisoners don’t end up with a custodial sentence. Dann didn’t ask if the remand prisoners are included in the 98%.

      (Little hasn’t been asked that either. Not that he would know. He doesn’t even know what “low level offences” are. Groping & pinching a female prison officer’s bum is the ONLY definition he’s come out with in reply to that question, and as everybody knows that perp isn’t even a remand prisoner, he was a second striker & Bridges disputes that that case wasn’t a serious offence.)

      Another question that’s occurred to me recently is how many remand prisoners don’t receive a custodial sentence because their time on remand is counted as time served. The msm seem to be useless at digging in to these fairly obvious questions.

      Back to Bridges though. He didn’t inspire confidence. How in God’s name did we end up with a PM AND a Leader of the Opposition who both sound like ignorant Aussie yokels when they open mouths? Excruciating to listen to, the pair of them. Nobody else their age that I know has such appalling diction.

      • Zedd

         /  17th June 2018

        good analysis Gezza ! 🙂

      • Zedd

         /  17th June 2018

        as I said below: Dunne’s comment sounds like prison was increasingly being used (under Natl party law reforms) as ‘a holding compound’ for many on remand.. BUT often, then not receiving a custodial sentence, after spending several months locked up !?
        “Is this really OK ? NO !” imho

  2. Zedd

     /  17th June 2018

    I actually agreed, mostly with the panel:
    Fran O’Sullivan.. Bridges just ducked & dived all the questions & constantly commented what James Shaw says on Climate Change.. but almost nothing on what Natl are committing to
    Josie Pagani.. what is the issues that Natl are ‘the solution to’.. irrelevance
    Peter Dunne.. Crime rates have dropped over the last decade, but why are prisons full up & increasing ?

    • Zedd

       /  17th June 2018

      at the end, they showed old footage of a ‘young Natl’ (inc. Bridges).. one of them said they are ‘trying to change the image of snobby rich kids’ .. never a truer word spoken !

  3. Zedd

     /  18th June 2018

    natl being serious about climate change/environment.. come off it ‘they know the cost of everything, but the value of NOTHING’.. reportedly

  4. Zedd

     /  18th June 2018

    i just dont think ‘angry simon’ looks credible on this or leader; as winston sez; all brylcreme no socks 😀


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