Bridges steps up after Ardern drops out of Newshub Nation

Yesterday Jacinda Ardern pulled out of two scheduled interviews, citing ‘a diary problem’.

Newshub:  Prime Minister pulls out of Newshub Nation and Q+A weekend appearances

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her planned appearances on both Newshub Nation and TVNZ’s Q+A this weekend, saying there was an issue with her diary.

Ms Ardern’s chief press secretary told Newshub Nation on Wednesday the Prime Minister would not be appearing on the show because he got the date of the interview wrong.

“There’s been bit of a diary issue in my team. There’s no question I remain very much available for any issue of the day,” Ms Ardern said on Thursday.

“This was a simple diary issue.”

Justifiably that was views with some scepticism.

It’s the third time the Prime Minister has pulled out of a scheduled interview with Newshub Nation in the past year. The other interviews were planned for August and February.

The Government is dealing with fall-out from Clare Curran’s resignation, the inquiry into Meka Whaitiri allegedly assaulting a staff member, and apparent ructions over employment lawthe refugee quota and Crown-Maori relations.

Failing to front up leaves Ardern open to accusations of avoiding scrutiny when the going gets tough, again justifiably.

Pulling out of prime interviews tends to annoy media. Newshub have responded with:

National Party leader Simon Bridges will appear on Newshub Nation in Ms Ardern’s place.

Ardern and her spin machine can hardly complain about that.

That could be misleading, Bridges is not “currently polling at just ten percent”, unless Newshub have just done a new poll. The last Newshub,Reid Research poll was 17-24 May (9%) and the last 1 News/Colmar poll 28 July – 1 August (10%). A lot has happened in politics since then. Ardern returned as Prime Minister after the last of those two polls.

This is an opportunity for Bridges to take advantage of Ardrn’s absence, if he is capable of doing that.

Simon Bridges says he ‘doesn’t take it lightly’ that he is only polling around 10 percent as leader but says ultimately it’s the party vote that count.

He’s right, but will continue to be battered by low leadership polling.

He says he ‘doesn’t really think about’ the person who leaked his expense.

The questioning around polls, leadership and the leak were largely a pointless exercise.

Bridges stepped up as well as a damp blanket can.

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32 Comments

  1. robertguyton

     /  September 15, 2018

    Thank God, they’ve put Bridges into that slot. He’ll patch up your pretend “cracks in the coalition”.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 15, 2018

      The Left’s secret weapon?

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    • I’ve been more critical of Bridges than I have been of Shaw. What do you reckon that means?

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      • robertguyton

         /  September 15, 2018

        Bridges is a fool?

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        • I don’t think he’s a fool. I think he’s probably quite intelligent. But he comes across like a wet blanket. He’s a big challenge for PR trainers.

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          • Gezza

             /  September 15, 2018

            I really think he’s impervious to training. You can’t tell a crown prosecutor anything. They “know what they’re doing”.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 15, 2018

            I don’t think that he’s a wet blanket; he’s not one of these negative people who put a damper on everything as ‘wet blankets’ do.

            I wouldn’t underrate him. He’s anything but a fool.

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            • Gezza

               /  September 15, 2018

              He’s a lawyer. They spend a minimum of four years being taught every day that they are the most highly intelligent elite of society and that they must never ever admit to anybody, including and especially another lawyer, that they are wrong.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 15, 2018

              That’s very unfair. My lawyer’s not a bit like that, and nor are others whom I have known.

            • Maybe his experience in court as a lawyer and as a prosecutor is working against him. In court you need to be well prepared, you know what you wil be arguing in advance, and it can take days to make or defend a case.

              The cut and thrust of political debate, especially in Question Time, means you need to be very quick on your feet, quick of mind, as well as eloquent.

            • Gezza

               /  September 15, 2018

              The ones who aren’t like that aren’t usually running any significant firm, working for the government, or working in any departmental legal department.

            • Gezza

               /  September 15, 2018

              @ PG.

              Yes, in my opinion it is. There are some criminal lawyers who are quick on their feet but that talent appears to me to most often demonstrated by defence lawyers, not crown prosecutors. And eloquence is not common.

            • From what I’ve seen it’s usually a slow methodical process. No playing to voters, not playing to media (not like in the US). And they know that they will sometimes win and sometimes lose – in many cases they will know they have no win situations.

            • Gezza

               /  September 15, 2018

              I’ve watched my brother work, and been on one jury and watched how the prosecutor worked. They worked like Bridges does in Parliament. I was surprised at how mechanical they both were. It takes a while to get used to the fact that you will lose some cases with a jury where you have the unequivocal evidence proving the defendant is guilty (especially with sex offenders) but it is inadmissable, my brother said. It’s hard on the emotions. You have to suppress them and learn to let it go and stolidly move on to the next one.

        • Corky

           /  September 15, 2018

          ”National Party leader Simon Bridges will appear on Newshub Nation in Ms Ardern’s place.”

          When the media release a terse statement as the above..with the back story of a PM with diary issues…there’s only one fool for the nation to see.

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    • David

       /  September 15, 2018

      Either they are cracks Robert as the alternative is they are spectacularly stupid or they are cleverly manipulating the public..but failing.

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  2. David

     /  September 15, 2018

    Not sure on Bridges, Collins could have been better and I still like Bennett.
    Apparently Ardern is making yet another major speech on Sunday, self billed a reset blah blah blah but its bound to be something ready to be rolled out as a distraction with nothing of substance.
    Not enjoying the way she is trying to manipulate the public or the lying either, she raised our expectations but guess it was just yet more spin.

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    • Gezza

       /  September 15, 2018

      She’s done for. The whole 1ewes crew has turned on her. I think Curran caused some of that. Bridges gets hardly any credit for catching out the government: he’s boring. The media stars of the MSM have claimed the role of holding the government to account.

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      • David

         /  September 15, 2018

        Stuff have 3 opinion pieces trying to protect her and excuse what is happening and I kinda get that, she is a new Mum and we need to get used to having someone not necessarily focused on NZ running the place.
        We should just get on with business and live with the clusterf..k in Wellington and see it as a sideshow to life…bit like the US.

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        • Gezza

           /  September 15, 2018

          Yes but heaps & heaps of voters watch the news at 6 and sod-all folk can be bothered even skimming the newspapers – print or online – apart from us few assorted blog tragics these days.

          When the tv newsroom crew have got someone in their sights, they’re in your living room, scragging them in public, using only the video footage that works against them, and that influences more folk than desperate, defensive puff pieces from worried sistas & girlfriends or mung bean munching journos in trivial online newsrags full of fluff, tRump, and lifestyle crap. In my opinion.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  September 15, 2018

            If she’s a new mum and not focussed on the country that pays her a large amount of money to be PM, she should sort out her priorities.

            She’s paid to be focussed on the country, not to be a mother. If she can’t do the job, she should leave.

            Nothing will convince me that the baby was the surprise that we were told it was. I think that she wanted to be the first PM to make a great success of being both things…and is, as could have been predicted, failing dismally.

            The diary excuse was used before at the time of the teachers’ strike.

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  3. Bridges stepped up as well as a damp blanket can.

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  4. lurcher1948

     /  September 15, 2018

    If bridges are the problem and collins is the solution…what was the first problem

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    • Gezza

       /  September 15, 2018

      A tractor crash.

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    • Corky

       /  September 15, 2018

      Labour.

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      • Gezza

         /  September 15, 2018

        That tractor crash started the journey to the current problem of Winston running country.

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        • Gezza

           /  September 15, 2018

          *the country
          Sorry Corkys. Psychic energy level’s lower today.

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          • Corky

             /  September 15, 2018

            Vital force. Psychic energy is vital force converted for use. An analogy would be water in a dam is water. Water converted into force by gravity feed to turn a turbine becomes more than water, even though it’s still just water.

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