Is Labour failing to deliver, or is Winston not letting them?

There has been a flurry of news and commentary lately on what the Labour led Government seems to be reneging on, and what Winston Peters’ influence may be in preventing Labour from doing what they ‘promised’ (election ‘promises’ are selling points that I think most people know may never be delivered due to governing arrangements or reality).

Labour (Andrew Little) had already three strikes repeal rug pulled from under them by NZ First, and then last week Winston Peters pulled the refugee quota rug out from under Jacinda Ardern.

I don’t know if this is just Tax Working Group being luke warm on a Capital Gains Tax, or not able to recommend one within the limitations Labour put on it, or whatever, but Cullen confirms CGT will not be addressed in interim TWG report.

Also yesterday (Newshub): Unions worried by NZ First’s ‘dominance’ in Jacinda Ardern’s Government

Labour is under fire from the most unlikely of critics – its staunch allies, the unions, are raising concerns about the rising dominance of New Zealand First.

Two of the biggest unions, FIRST Union and the Council of Trade Unions (CTU), fear the Government’s employment law reforms could be hijacked by Winston Peters.

The Labour Party and the unions were bedfellows from the beginning, which is why Wednesday’s comments from FIRST Union’s Robert Reid are so surprisingly scathing.

“We are a bit worried in the union that the dominance on a number of issues that is coming from New Zealand First,” he told The AM Show.

CTU is also worried, concerned New Zealand First will hijack planned employment law changes.

“It’s a real concern if Labour, who stand for working people, are having trouble with their coalition partner on this,” president Richard Wagstaff told Newshub.

That clearly shows “worried” and “concern”. Reid did respond via twitter:

Reid can think that the sun shines out of Ardern’s magazine style coverage and at the same time be “a bit worried” that “the dominance on a number of issues that is coming from New Zealand First”.

Also yesterday (RNZ):  NZ First pull support for Labour-led initiatives at last minute

The government was forced to halt a planned announcement about its Crown/Māori Relations portfolio after New Zealand First raised last minute objections.

Media were briefed and invited to attend an announcement by Crown/Māori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday, where the new agency was set to be unveiled following sign-off at Cabinet.

But Ms Ardern and Mr Davis had to roll back the announcement after NZ First refused to support it.

Instead it was used as a symbolic display of the consultation process and brought together Māori leaders who would be pivotal in helping shape the partnership between Māori and the Crown in the future.

NZ First was not at the watered-down announcement with its ministers all claiming to be busy with other meetings.

It’s the latest disagreement between the coalition partners.

Ardern can claim this is just coalition government in action, but there is a risk that she be seen as a puppet leader doing the  fluff stuff with Peters calling the serious shots.

Ardern and her PR team can promote all the soppy celebrity coverage they like, but there is a growing perception that Ardern is lacking in the real leadership department. She seems to be losing credibility with political journalists, and also in social media.

No Right Turn (left leaning but willing to be critical of the left): Labour isn’t delivering

Labour was elected on a platform of hope and change. But in office it doesn’t seem to be delivering much of either. In addition to the two backdowns highlighted above, its also refusing to eliminate 90 day trial periods and may not even abolish youth rates. Its dawdling on doubling the refugee quota and looks like it will keep on grovelling to farmers on climate change.

But if they’re not going to change anything, then people might just decide to vote for the other lot – because at least that way they won’t suffer the bitter taste of disappointment.

Comment on this at Reddit: Labour was elected on a platform of hope and change. But in office it doesn’t seem to be delivering much of either.

bobdaktari:

NRT makes a good point, Labour are if anything pragmatic and vastly more conservative than those like myself would like – this isn’t a national lite govt its a Clark lite one – saying that I still have hope that things will be at worst slightly better for a shitload of kiwis thanks to the change of govt

Left wing neoliberals.

Rather than push for actual social and economic change they used the good economic times to subsidise business with stuff like working for families – which while helpful to those that get it doesn’t address the problems – problems like underpaid teachers

dbuckley:

It’s full National, but with a bit of of soft side, a bit more social responsibility. Hated by the left, hated by the right, but exactly what the voters that count wanted.

That’s a bold claim. Ardern has had a difficult return to the Prime Minister’s office, and Peters seems reluctant to let go of the power he had when in charge for six weeks.

Some like ElSavo say that good things take time:

It certainly doesn’t help that NZF are forcing them to drag their feet a bit and the Greens are seemingly tagging along for the ride.

I mean, change does take time but if people we’re expecting MAJOR change in one or two terms then they’ll be sorely mistaken.

The problem is if the first term isn’t seen as good enough Labour may get dumped before they can make significant changes.

d8sconz:

It’s too soon for any real change, but we’re not getting any indication that change is even being considered. That’s Labours failing to date. I know they’re doing stuff, like tea and scones and gas-bagging. But if anything meaningful is going on there (capital gains tax?) then they’re doing a piss poor job of communicating it.

Ardern needs to step up on substance or she will keep being seen as subservient to Peters, who seems to think she should be  in her kitchen away from his Parliament.

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87 Comments

  1. Rickmann

     /  September 13, 2018

    This would be a good time for Jacinda to release the coalition agreement between Labour and NZ First. From memory, my understanding is that Winston was quite happy to make it public but [use proper names please] chose not too, siting “Prime Ministerial privelage.” Must be too explosive, especially in the current environment.

  2. Gerrit

     /  September 13, 2018

    One gets the feeling that this coalition is on it way out and Peters is positioning himself to either form a new government with National or force a general election.

    Alternatively Labour has to find a way to get past Peters powers of veto. The PM is not showing any signs of having the ability, leadership or support troops in place to get anything past the Peters veto powers.

    With Labour wallowing and lurching from crisis to crisis (the latest being Little’s inability to hold a conference without blowing the budget), it is no wonder Peters is nervy, a nervy disposition that leads to fight or flight. I cant see Peters ambitions in flight mode away from being the leader of the pack..

    With Ardern hamstrung by inept ministers and not able to settle the Labour party into an effective foil for Peters ambitions, my money is on Ardern blinking first and resigning from the PM ship to hand Peters the PM job in a belated attempt to keep this coalition afloat.

    • Missy

       /  September 13, 2018

      I wonder if Peters is regretting going with Labour out of spite for National?

      • Gezza

         /  September 13, 2018

        No.He has got far, far more dosh & power from Ardern than he would ever have got from Bill English. I’m sure his mind was made up very quickly when he saw immediately in the coalition discussions that he was dealing with an entire crew of inexperienced & in some cases outright dense MPs, fronted, not led, by a naive, overgrown teenage girl whose only notable achievements to date were Tractor Crashing and simpering Women’s Mag articles.

        He knew he could dictate to this lot and they’d cave in every time. This crew of numpties who – once they got beyond their grab bag of electoral giveaways – had no idea how they were going to do anything (hence all the expensive Reviews) that hadn’t already been started by National and could be quietly just absorbed into their programme – gives him far more scope to raise his profile, and that of his totally malleable populist party creation, & figure out over the next three years how to position them for a better showing in the next election.

        Labour were absolutely the right choice for Peters this time round. They are subject completely to his whims.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 13, 2018

          Fronted, not led…brilliant. That’s about it.

          WP isn’t silly; the quick brown fox has jumped over the Labour dog.

  3. Blazer

     /  September 13, 2018

    One over riding reality.Any Govt is better than a National Govt.National exist to represent the…wealthy.

    • Gerrit

       /  September 13, 2018

      Another over riding reality…inept governments don’t get reelected.

      Labour exists to represent the …unions.

      And Peters is stymieing that representation.

    • Trevors_elbow

       /  September 13, 2018

      Oh bollocks …….

      Your hatred blinds you…

    • Corky

       /  September 13, 2018

      That will be put to the test in 2020. Let’s see if little people agree with you, Blazer. Voters don’t care who any governments core constituents are ….provided the economy is stable and they have some dosh in their back pocket.

    • PDB

       /  September 13, 2018

      The reality is that National are the only real mainstream party that in any way represents the taxpayer.

      • Blazer

         /  September 13, 2018

        Pure drivel…all voters are taxpayers.

        • Gerrit

           /  September 13, 2018

          Only in GST. State funded workers and beneficiaries pay no income tax.

        • PDB

           /  September 13, 2018

          Some people pay more tax then other people, many people claim more money from the govt then they pay in tax – all voters pay tax in some form but their tax money is being thrown away by this current mob who will need more taxes in order to keep going. If you are a net taxpayer then National is the only party currently looking to rein in govt spending.

          • Gezza

             /  September 13, 2018

            Nobody knows what they are looking to do under Bridges.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 13, 2018

            Pants, a mother who is probably paying sweet FA in tax and whose children’s health and education are paid for by the rest of us wants to have their epipens paid for, too, because they cost $110 each and she doesn’t want to pay that ($6 a week) and thinks that the taxpayer should.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 13, 2018

      Overwhelming reality: without the wealthy socialism dies in the gutter.

      • Blazer

         /  September 13, 2018

        Overwhelming reality: without labour capitalism dies in the gutter.

        • Gezza

           /  September 13, 2018

          Without capitalism labour would still be tilling the soil and drinking mead.

          • Blazer

             /  September 13, 2018

            you and others give too much credit to Capitalism.Drill down to the beginning of trade and labour produces.
            Inventions and discovery does not rely on Capitalism.Commies put the first man in space.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 13, 2018

              Drinking mead ? They’d be lucky to have mead. Water would be more like it.

            • Gezza

               /  September 13, 2018

              The rapid spread & price affordability of inventions of capitalism’s competition is the prime reason for its success.

              Commies put the first man in space because the command economy was directed to that one end to prove communism was superior to capitalism. Building blunt, solid, big end stuff, and espionage and retro-engineering to get the more technically advanced catch-up equipment they want, is what they are still best at.

              No-one should ever underestimate what technological progress any nation can make given threats & appeals to patriotism. The technological progress of Nazi Germany, at the outset and even in the very throes of final defeat, was massive & stunning. (Though even the poms and the yanks had jet aircraft on the boards and even in the air by war’s end, just not as well-tested and advanced as Germany’s – they had several competing working jet prototypes not just the politically chosen 262.)

              The rapid success of both the US and the Russian space programs came from the people and blueprints and research they grabbed out of Germany and deported to their respective countries.

            • Blazer

               /  September 13, 2018

              ‘Capitalists put the first man on the Moon because the command economy was directed to that one end to prove Capitalism was superior to Communism.’
              People used to barter and then Capitalists invented the…’middle man’ who with the advent of currency and ‘banking’ ,came to control labour.
              Predatory lending and compounding interest became the shackles of many…to benefit…the few.

            • Gezza

               /  September 13, 2018

              People used to barter and then Capitalists invented the…’middle man’ who with the advent of currency and ‘banking’ ,came to control labour.
              If they’d stuck with bartering you would be sending that message to me by a carrier pigeon which would have cost you 3 cabbages, and the sribe would have cost you 10 quills.

              Predatory lending and compounding interest became the shackles of many…to benefit…the few.
              Yes I think that’s been a major drag but if you’d stuck with bartering you’d still be turning over most of your wheat crop to the laird to pay for staying in your mud hut, tilling your few miserable vegies on your shared commons plot and catching the odd stoat for your protein – or slaving away in ‘t mill or t’ mines and paying most of the pittance you earned to the mill or mine owner for your rented working man’s cottage.

            • Gezza

               /  September 13, 2018

              *scribe

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 13, 2018

              Capitalists invented currency and then socialists invented tax.

  4. Corky

     /  September 13, 2018

    National dodged a bullet. Even better, there’s a good chance Winston won’t be around after the next election. Even if he is some of his support will drift back to National. If Winston isn’t New Zealand First will be lead by a pontificating buffoon who’ll oversee NZ1 demise at the 2023 elections.

    All National has to do is find a new leader and spin some crap voters like. National need to realise things will never be this good for them again.

    • Gezza

       /  September 13, 2018

      Haven’t you noticed? Winston is positioning himself already to steal some important National policy territory between now and the next election.

      • PDB

         /  September 13, 2018

        Peters is the coward ship captain that sees his ship is going down and is preparing to be the first one onto the life boat. His only motive is political survival, making himself look good & positioning himself again as ‘kingmaker’.

        National party support has remained strong since the election – I’d suggest Peters would be more likely to pick up soft Labour voters who are not big Green party fans and are coming around to the reality that Ardern is a sock puppet leader and the party she leads has very little talent within.

        • Gezza

           /  September 13, 2018

          Peters is after the swing voters. His core support is tiny and mostly elderly superannuitants who are looking after themselves not anybody else, dementia sufferers, anti-Treaty Partnership/hard-core white cultural supremacist Maori-bashers, and the anti-immigrant crew.

          The non-tribal swing voters such as myself have always been his most important target market and always the ones who get him whatever position he gets.

          • PDB

             /  September 13, 2018

            A brave National party would do what Key did in 2008 and in election year rule NZL First out of any future coalition post 2020 and hope wasted votes give them enough to govern with ACT or that the Maori party/ TOP/ new conservative or a new entity get over the Threshold and become a partnering option.

            • Gezza

               /  September 13, 2018

              They are going to have to battle the perception Winston is creating that he is the wise old pakeha kaumatua moderating this childlike government’s sillier or more contentious policy proposals.

              Bridges has to go for the Nats to get anywhere. He’s a robot with a very limited amount of RAM. Everyone but core tribal nats can see it. Voter Party support is strong. His is not. He is no future PM of ours under any circumstances. With the right leader change – and subject to seeing how things go (Labour’s initiatives may yet deliver some positive outcomes that actually generate wide electoral support) National might yet score a vote off me.

              Somebody other than O’Connor – or no-one – is getting my next candidate vote.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  September 13, 2018

            Yep, Winston is after the kind of voter who is silly enough to vote for Greg O’Connor.

            • Gezza

               /  September 13, 2018

              Rather late in the day for you to start being stupid?

            • Gezza

               /  September 13, 2018

              You usually start that earlier in the day? With tRump.

            • Trevors_elbow

               /  September 13, 2018

              Quite acerbic Gezza… I take it M’Lord is not impressed for the Party he voted for?

              Winston is fox in a henhouse and is picking off juicey morsels at his leisure, as the supposed Head Chook runs around the henhouse squawking …. povvvverdyyyy, thinking of the baaayyyybeeeeer

              Even worse for the erstwhile Head Chook there is a malevolent former Head Chook with a steel beak and a squad of harden old chooks in tow peering in from outside the coop making tasty comments about competence, and ‘back in my day’ snipes

            • Trevors_elbow

               /  September 13, 2018

              Shots fired!!!! That one grazed M’Lords rigging and rattled the puke’s nesting material….

            • Gezza

               /  September 13, 2018

              Fuck are you on about Trev?

            • Gezza

               /  September 13, 2018

              I think you are probably totally barking up the wrong tree trying to pick my political leanings & I’m probably talking the elbow for that weird shot across the bow post.

              Just to make it perfectly clear, I thought National would probably get a 4th term, but that this was not desirable and that they would have to be turfed out after that because they had gone stale, and things were getting very messy & nasty in Health and Education & in our wider society, with housing, and infrastructure particularly.

              I did not see Labour as being in any shape whatsoever to form a competent and credible government & expected if NZF got anywhere at all they would go with National. I voted for Greg O’Connor because he deliberately misled voters into thinking he would be progressive on cannabis reform and although he has aged incredibly & I had suspicions he might be heading into senility, I wanted Labour to be well enough positioned in Opposition to see if they could rejeuvenate the party with some intelligent members and whether the Cover Girl had any actual grunt and intellect.

              I did not foresee that it would be Winston who would form a government and control it.

            • Gezza

               /  September 13, 2018

              *talking TO the elbow

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  September 13, 2018

              I enjoyed every second of that. Made up for my trip to the dentist.

      • Corky

         /  September 13, 2018

        ”Haven’t you noticed? Winston is positioning himself already to steal some important National policy territory between now and the next election.”

        No, I haven’t noticed that. However, where Winston is concerned, only the Oracle of Delphi
        really knows the true state of affairs.

        • Gezza

           /  September 13, 2018

          Lawn order. Industrial relations. Separatism. Refugees/Immigration?
          He’s picking up issues the Nat’s reactionary conservative segment favour and signalling he’s holding Labour and the Greens at bay on these.

          • Gezza

             /  September 13, 2018

            But of course he’s happy to do a 180 degree spin at the drop of a hat if the wind changes. And then another, when the wind changes again. I’d never vote for Peters. All his principles are bedrocked on jelly.

  5. Gerrit

     /  September 13, 2018

    The other side of the coalition is not helping the Labourites in any shape or form.

    The Greens have been the biggest disappointment as contributors to the coalition. Still in the activist mode (reclaiming the Gunt word — FFS) and not showing any relevance to the PM and Labour position in the lobsided coalition.

    Anyone seen or heard from Shaw lately? Can he position himself as the glue that holds the coalition together?

    Or has Peters successfully hobbled the Green horse?

    • David

       /  September 13, 2018

      I think Shaw is too timid and loves his Jacinda too much to agitate. I think he has a thing for her.

    • Gezza

       /  September 13, 2018

      There are votes in it for Peters vetoing the Greens more extreme urges. Of them all he is the most calculating & the cleverest.

    • PDB

       /  September 13, 2018

      No – Labour has been by far the biggest disappointment of this govt. They are the largest party within the govt & therefore have the greatest responsibility for the smooth running of it – thus far they have easily been the weakest link. Only the most ardent Labour supporter can not see that Labour sold themselves (and the country to an extent) out to Peters during negotiations giving him far too much political power and taxpayer money to fritter away.

      NZL First are laughing all the way to the bank whilst the Greens are just happy enough feeding from scraps thrown from the table as they have always done.

  6. David

     /  September 13, 2018

    It could well be a very very succesful formula in having Ardern as the PR person which is vital and having Peters making sure the loons in Labours cabinet dont totally stuff things up because they are low intelligence people.
    Maybe Ardern talked to Peters after the oil and gas thing with remorse that she announced something to take the Labour sexual assault thing off the front pages and asked him to step in when she was about to stuff things up with her crazytown ideas.
    Its very unusual to sit here thinking the country is stable because Winston is there, very odd.

  7. And then there’s the apparent lack of progress on big issues that had been promoted as urgent – see Fine words, little action on abuse inquiry

  8. And Labour’s management in Parliament keeps hinting at incompetence:

    • High Flying Duck

       /  September 13, 2018

      That was incredibly inept – and yet nothing reported about it outside of twitter. Shows how little the activities in the house matter.

  9. “On paper, New Zealand First is very much the junior partner in the Coalition Government.
    But in practice, Peters is wielding power far beyond the weight of NZ First’s nine MPs.”

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 13, 2018

      I may win on the roundabout,
      Then I lose on the swings;
      In or out, there is never a doubt
      Just who’s pulling the strings….
      I’m all tied up with you,
      But where’s it leading me to ?

    • Corky

       /  September 13, 2018

  10. Gerrit

     /  September 13, 2018

    An out of left field option is for Peters to offer a coalition agreement with National till 2020 with him as caretaker PM and an open coalition agreement.

    That would see Peters into retirement and entrench NZ First as the natural National partner in government for the 2020 elections.

    It would allow National to reorganise and strengthen their parliamentary representation (including leadership) and cement NZ First into parliament above the 7% mark under new leadership.

    If Peters today, forced a general election (through a fallout with Labour) the chances of NZ First to be firstly reelected to parliament or secondly to be in a position to forge a meaningful coalition with National are much smaller.

    A couple of years to consolidate a better government, than the rabble in power at the moment, could be beneficial to both parties.

    • PDB

       /  September 13, 2018

      “That would see Peters into retirement and entrench NZ First as the natural National partner in government for the 2020 elections.”

      *NZL First is politically poisonous.
      *NZL First without Peters is toast. Somebody needs to set up a new centralist party to fill the void, ideally with some safe sitting electorate MPs.

      • Gezza

         /  September 13, 2018

        Jones is the successor. He has already created his brand. His pomposity itself is now acquiring fans because he does it with a smile & everybody has cottoned on to the fact he is doing it for effect, out of sheer fun, and because it’s actually usually all grammatically correct.

        • PDB

           /  September 13, 2018

          Jones is so popular he can’t even win an electorate seat up North where his biggest supporter base is (couldn’t even beat the Labour candidate last time out). You’re dreaming – even Winston only generally just gets NZL First over the line. Without Winston they are nothing.

          • Gezza

             /  September 13, 2018

            We’ll see. He doesn’t need to win an electorate – just to get the Party Vote up.
            He’s going for the celebrity entertainer/educated working man with common sense approach and targeting specific markets, like tRumpy.

    • Zedd

       /  September 13, 2018

      Winston has made it clear that the ‘current Natl party’ are just a hangover from Key/English & need a real shakeup before NZF will talk seriously to them ?!

      IF they wanted to go into coalition with Natl.. they would be there now.. pure speculation from a pack of sore losers.. 😀

  11. Zedd

     /  September 13, 2018

    There seems to be a chorus of ‘naysayers’ that are adamant that this will be a ‘one term Govt.’ or even less.. BUT I still remember similar ‘speculation’ about the last two.. who both lasted 3 terms !

    They havent even finished one year yet.. never mind one term.. many Tories are still in DENIAL, over being in opposition.. SUFFER.. we did for 9 looooooooong years !! :/

    • Gerrit

       /  September 13, 2018

      Many unionists are in DENIAL about the effectiveness of this government. They (the unionists) wont suffer long, another 2 years maximum.

      Another 6 looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong months till Ardern resigns due to stress.

      The one thing about Clark and Key/English was that they ran competent governments with (on the whole) adroit ministers backed by the tax payers..

      This government lacks everything that the previous two long term government had

      Steadfast captaincy and a competent crew.

      • Gezza

         /  September 13, 2018

        National have yet to demonstrate their competence. Their choice of leader reflects very badly on their competence. He is a total loss. He is a plodder, unable to think on his feet and adapt to circumstances, and as inspiring a prospect for our next PM as a fence post with a Hawking Voice Machine.

      • Zedd

         /  September 13, 2018

        @Gerrit
        typical response from a Tory, who does not even want to give them a chance.. to get established ! 😦

        • Gerrit

           /  September 13, 2018

          Labour had 9 looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong years to get their ducks in order ready to…govern

        • Trevors_elbow

           /  September 13, 2018

          What is a Tory? Thought you left England decades ago…..

          • Zedd

             /  September 13, 2018

            ‘Tory’ is often a generic term for the ‘Right-wing’ of politics.. old habits die hard

            btw; there are several slang terms used for the left as well.. trying not to be ‘so precious’ about it 😀

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  September 13, 2018

      Has it really only been less than one year ?

      It feels like one dog year.

  12. Gezza

     /  September 13, 2018

    The other thing I am beginning to perceive is that female journos and tv reporters are turning on the prep girl.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 13, 2018

      Reef fish looking for a feed. Winston will play them like the shark he is. Cullen has his strategy too. Jacinda is just the bait.

      • Gezza

         /  September 13, 2018

        Jacs is going to have to wheel Neve out soon. I am not sure it is going to continue to work for her.

        JAG has gone completely the other way and sequestered her offspring right out of sight, not even telling the public what its name is (as far as I’m aware) and – for now – keeping her private life as private as possible. I think this is probably strategic.

        • PDB

           /  September 13, 2018

          Neve’s first words, Neve’s first steps, Ardern/ Clarke to marry, a sister/brother for Neve (with ‘Matamata’ as a middle name) – plenty of riding in that horse yet…

          • Gezza

             /  September 13, 2018

            Among a certain segment of the young female vote, yes, but I think that segment might shrink over the next few years. One gets past the baby fascination pretty quickly when all your friends start having their own.

          • Zedd

             /  September 13, 2018

            @PDB

            actually sounds like ‘more inane nonsense from PDB’.. to I&ai :/

          • Blazer

             /  September 13, 2018

            will be a lovely age come election…time.

            • Gezza

               /  September 13, 2018

              Terrible twos?

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 13, 2018

              Possibly the least attractive age; not a sweet baby, whiny and attention-seeking and a bore to everyone but the parents and grandparents. Is there anything more tiresome than a toddler whining around and refusing to do anything it’s asked or told to do, interrupting conversations…..?

              We have already been regaled with stories about Neve’s poos (nothing then a tidal wave; a case of far too much information), been told that there’s a breast pump handy (also more than one really wants to know) and what mummy said when she appeared (Welcome to our village, little one)

        • Gerrit

           /  September 13, 2018

          Maybe JAG has been told there is only to be focus on the PM’s baby. Another baby would split the limelight and Women’s Weekly opportunities.

          Ardern is going to need all the “ah shucks” baby photo ops to divert attention away from the Labour party incompetence.

          • Gezza

             /  September 13, 2018

            I don’t think the baby is going to work for her. I might be wrong. But I think that novelty has largely worn off already, except with the lifestyle article writers, and I find their puff pieces on relationship advice and advice to big boys n girls about what men and women really mean and really want not even worth reading.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 13, 2018

              It could easily backfire; she’s so absorbed in the baby that the country is a distant second, if that.

              I must have a squiz at the magazine covers when I go to the supermarket.

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