Ardern’s ‘Coalition Reset’ speech

Jacinda Ardern has been, in my opinion, justifiably criticised for pulling out of two weekend interviews that had been scheduled with Newshub Nation and Q+A.

Instead Ardern is giving a ‘Coalition Reset’ speech today at 1 pm.

Sam Sachdeva previews it at Newsroom:  Ardern’s chance to change the narrative

Ardern will unveil what is intended to serve as an organisational framework for the Government as a whole, with a dozen or so high-level objectives outlining its social and economic goals.

It’s something akin to the last government’s Business Growth Agenda, albeit with a left-wing slant – a foundational document against which all policy and legislation should be tested, weeding out anything which is off topic or unnecessary.

Some have claimed that this, and giving a stand up interview afterwards, is proof that she makes herself available to the media and is open and transparent – there were a few doing that on twitter yesterday in Ardern’s defence. And this morning MickySavage at The Standard:

She has planned a big speech. This afternoon at 1 pm. Funny elements of the media and the right keep attacking her for failing to go public when the opposite is true.

But it has also been pointed out that this is quite different from giving a one on one interview that allows examination in detail of issues of interest.

One thing is certain – Ardern has a lot to do to get her Prime Ministership back on track. No doubt attention will be given to whether Winston Peters has full buy-in to the ‘reset’, or reacts in some way to pull power and attention his way.

It is also likely that after recent growing concern expressed by journalists about Ardern and her PR they will be scrutinising her speech, and endeavouring to follow up with some probing questions.

Withdrawing from the weekend interviews was put down to a diary stuffup, although  there was confusion between the Prime Minister’s Office’s reasons and Clarke gayfords – see Gayford tries to defend Ardern’s no show on Nation & Q+A

I can understand to an extent seeing the Nation interview in Saturday as premature, given her planned speech today.

But a Q+A interview tonight would seem to be an ideal time to respond to aspects of interest announced by Ardern today. Avoiding this interview seems very odd. If Ardern really has a diary clash tonight an interview could easily have been recorded this afternoon.

Attention will be on Ardern this afternoon, and despite her attempts to package her PR and manage her message it is sure to be dissected and critiqued.

One obvious question – why does a less than one year old Coalition need to be reset?

Another question – given that it is a ‘Coalition Reset’ , where will the Greens fit in? Sidelined?

44 Comments

  1. NOEL

     /  September 16, 2018

    Aw no loss.
    Small audience.

    • Gezza

       /  September 16, 2018

      Not surprising. You don’t say much.

    • robertguyton

       /  September 16, 2018

      “Jacinda Ardern has been, in my opinion…”
      Who cares?
      Not me 🙂

      • Gezza

         /  September 16, 2018

        People who don’t care just don’t bother to comment.
        People who care like hell when something disastrous is happening with their tribe but want to create the impression they don’t care, comment that nobody cares. Sometimes.

    • Gezza

       /  September 16, 2018

      When Country Calendar completely outstrips everything else by more than twice the next viewer number you know just how much crap is now shown on telly.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 16, 2018

        It’s a pointless study….it’s only funded programmes.

  2. Gezza

     /  September 16, 2018

    Jacinda’s not up to this job. Listen to her. She’s a girlie woman. She’s a little bit dreamy. The world’s got lots of flowers & all it needs for everything to be wonderful is for everybody to be more nicer & she’s going to make it like that by inspiring everybody by being nice. And then so will everyone because everyone around her says they will. Then everyone everywhere will want to cooperate.

    She’s had something of a charmed life up until now. Everything’s basically been lovely & supportive & pretty stress-free. The country & the (especially fickle female) MSM suddenly made her the princess. Some girls can be not very nice to other girls & they don’t grow out of it, especially if they’re princesses too & someone else is, well, now more princesser.

    Jacinda’s still quite immature in some ways, I think. She’s as naive as hell & that’s started getting smacked into her face – just when the best thing ever she always wanted has suddenly arrived in her life & she adores her, like everyone would expect.

    She’s been brought up to be honest & I think it’s fundamental to her being & her self-worth. She’s really meant it when she said she was going to be open & transparent & that she really thought the whole country will now want to be her little Neve’s village. And now we all know she’s lied.

    The sudden harsh reality that the PM’s job requires the ability to shrug off or shoulder, an incredible amount of stress, & to fib, it seems, & the internal deeply-rooted values conflicts going on in this dreamily idealistic still-young woman will be ripping at her core, & she’s just bloody given birth to her first & maybe only child. This isn’t just a little thing.

    We all have some of the other gender’s sex hormone. Jacinda’s a fully-fledged woman, but I think a really genuinely sweet, honest, girly one, like my late wife. She hasn’t got anywhere near enuf testosterone or emotional ruggedness to handle this job, or some of the calculating people who’ve exploited her minor Woman’s Mag lifestyle article celebrity factor to get themselves elected & into government: she’s not Helen or Jenny or Marama or JAG.

    That’s what I’m thinking. I’m actually getting a little bit worried about her. Because that job’s job requirements won’t change for her. Or anyone. And her Deputy PM won’t either.

    But we’ll see how things go. I could be wrong. I have been before. Twice I think.

    • lurcher1948

       /  September 16, 2018

      So is this why Sir Key ran away deserting National

      • David

         /  September 16, 2018

        He went out on top to pursue other challenges, its only lefties who think working for the state is so awesome they cant comprehend doing anything else. Left National and our rock star economy in great health and saw it was time for fresh ideas so moved aside.
        Whats your girl achieved ?

        • Blazer

           /  September 16, 2018

          what sort of challenge is being a seat warming director at AirNZ or Chairman at ANZ?Overpaid Old boy network sinecures.

      • Gezza

         /  September 16, 2018

        Possibly. It was only ever a box on his to do list. He’s always had a career plan & achieved each step, ticked it off & gone on to the next one. The PM job’s demanding & requires compromising one’s internal values for expediency. It takes a toll, I’m sure. He’s rich as sin & simply gone on to take up other lucrative sinecures & play golf. Why stay & watch 4th termitis crumble your well-oiled machine, as it was doing, when the PM box is ticked?

        • High Flying Duck

           /  September 16, 2018

          If he did one term I would agree. But he’s one of our longest serving Prime Ministers. I think he saw what Helen did not – that however good you are, the skeletons build up and the electorate gets sick of you after 9 years. Leaving was his way of trying to get National elected again. It was very close to being the right call too.

          • Gezza

             /  September 16, 2018

            You could be right. When I say he ticked off the PM box I don’t mean it pejoratively. I didn’t much like him or where he came from workwise, & I don’t rate him as highly as his loyal fans – he took & was given a lot of credit for Bill English’s skills & work – but I don’t hate him. All I mean is that I read an extended interview with him done in his first term & he pretty much said that this is what he does. Sets a personal objective, does what’s needed & achieves it, sets another, achieves it. He started with an objective to make a $million or something along those lines. He’s not really anchored to politics. Just to deciding and achieving objectives.

          • Blazer

             /  September 16, 2018

            ‘Leaving was his way of trying to get National elected again. ‘

            Sunday humour…!

      • Corky

         /  September 16, 2018

        Well, it was either continue running a third world nation, or relax in Hawaii between board meetings that pay exorbitant directors fees for doing SFA.

        Psst…this is between you and me. If Party gets hold of this.. dear lord!

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  September 16, 2018

          That is utter drivel. I take it that you have no idea what a third world country looks like. Or that company directors don’t just do nothing in exchange for their fees. Or that a PM’s job is very hard work with punishingly long hours.

          Anyone who believes that companies pay money for nothing except to give someone a lucrative sinecure is either very naive or plain envious. They don’t. Businesses want something in exchange for their money.

          I don’t believe for a moment that John Key became an MP and PM as a career move. He could have earned a lot more outside the Beehive than he ever did inside it and with a lot less stress,

          • Corky

             /  September 16, 2018

            What can I say..you have found me out.

            In my defence I do know what a third world country looks like. The poverty in Mexico is one of the most under reported stories in my view. People have this vision of Mexico being tacos, guitars and flash drug runners. In rural areas many people live like dogs. The only thing going for them is the climate. And on occasions even that can turn against them.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 16, 2018

              I think that people DO know the reality of life for some people in Mexico; we all know the risks that people are taking to get out of there.

            • Corky

               /  September 16, 2018

              The media spin Mexicans trying to enter America as people looking for better opportunities…not people who sometimes don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  September 16, 2018

              If you say so. I can’t be bothered getting into this.

            • Corky

               /  September 16, 2018

              There’s nothing to get into. I told you how it is. I have been to Mehico, you haven’t. Whip over to chat and have some fun. Talk birds..and shoot the breeze.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  September 16, 2018

        I don’t see her as being honest so much as self-deluding and unwilling to face unpleasant facts. She seems as shallow as a soup bowl. She gives the appearance of thinking that if she ignores something, it will go away, like my dog thinking that I can’t see him if he shuts his eyes.

        The $100,000 plane ride because she didn’t want to leave the baby for two days was unbelievably selfish and short-sighted. She really didn’t seem to think that people would mind their money being spent on this. She just doesn’t ‘get it’, full stop. Being PM is bloody hard work. She has surely been around the Beehive long enough to know this.She’s nearly 40, although she tries to look like a teenager with the long straggly hair.

        The vicious remark about John Key was totally uncalled for. He gave many years of his life to the party and the country. He deserves to finally have a life of his own. He was looking drawn and exhausted…he didn’t owe the country anything, especially not an early death from a heart attack or stroke brought on by stress.

    • Maggy Wassilieff

       /  September 16, 2018

      I’d agree with most of your analysis.
      She’s had a pretty easy life, to date.
      I think she’ll despair when her so-called”mates” desert her.
      And desert her, they will. I’ve seen similar happen on a couple of occasions to friends who were well-connected in local and national Labour politics.

      • Corky

         /  September 16, 2018

        Yes, I think Gezza and you have summed up the situation well. Politics is a nasty business.

      • lurcher1948

         /  September 16, 2018

        I notice when people on the nearby rightwing blogs are slagging of our Priime Minister Jarcinda Adern they are never mentioning that tempory leader of the opposition,whats his name,its on the tip of my tongue, Simon something…it will come to me

    • High Flying Duck

       /  September 16, 2018

      You may think you’ve got Jacinda nailed Gezza, but this is the definitive account as far as I’m concerned – worth the click of the link:

      “New Zealand – or, as the locals good-naturedly call it, HairyMaclaryLand – is a small, adorable little nation state all tucked up and snuggly in the warm blue blankets of the South Pacific ocean. It’s a land of sleepy houses and cute little streets and rascally puppies and friendly dairies. A dairy is the word the locals good-naturedly use to refer to a mega-mall.

      The new leader of this pert-nosed, tail-wagging country is 37-year-old Jacinda Ardern. Or, as the locals good-naturedly call her, Jacindary Ardernary from Mt Albert’s Fernery. Jacindary is a tall, striking woman with a glowing pelt and soft, silky paws. When she meets me in her Beehive office, she’s joined by her partner Clarke Gayford, who fixes me with his liquid brown eyes and then runs around the office, sniffing the corners and jumping up on the furniture in excitement until Jacinda orders him into the other room.

      Since being elected in what I assume was a unanimous landslide, Jacinda has captured the hearts of all of New Zealand. But life isn’t all trips down the road or chasing ducks in the park with her ragtag bunch of mischievous friends! Jacinda has serious challenges to face.

      The most sinister of these is her political rival, Simon Bridges, a Trump-like monster who most New Zealanders fearfully refer to as Scarface. Bridges probably has sharp jagged teeth, and razor-like claws, and his features are doubtless disfigured by the many battles I suppose he’s fought in the stinking, shadowy alleyways of Tauranga.

      But Jacinda is more than capable of facing him down. She’s not just an adorable animal with firm haunches and magnificent teeth. She’s also a mother and a tough, principled politician who’s taken uncompromising stands on both rainbows and strawberry ice cream, both of which, she warns me, will be threatened if Bridges ever seizes power. “As a mother,” Ardern explains to me carefully at our meeting, “I believe passionately about the future.”

      https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/10-09-2018/heres-what-the-ny-times-didnt-tell-you-about-life-in-jacinda-arderns-new-zealand/

      • Gezza

         /  September 16, 2018

        🤔 That looks a lot like what I said, but from a slightly different angle.

        Hang on, I’ll have a read … 🐧

      • Gezza

         /  September 16, 2018

        I think you should have posted the teaser too …

        • High Flying Duck

           /  September 16, 2018

          You’re right – glaring omission on my part. The picture tells a thousand words and all that.

    • Pink David

       /  September 16, 2018

      She sounds like a Miss World contestant talking about world peace.

    • robertguyton

       /  September 16, 2018

      “She’s a girlie woman.”
      Misogynist.
      Right there!

      • Gezza

         /  September 16, 2018

        Dipstick. No I’m not. My wife was a girly woman. I’ve got girly stuff all thru my house. And she was tuff. And courageous, And organised. And methodical. I grew up when I married my girly woman. I had to. She wouldn’t put up with a 10 year old.

  3. Corky

     /  September 16, 2018

    This exercise is cannon fodder for the media. One slip up, any vague rhetoric, will be punished mercilessly. Should that happen, best Simon Bridges keeps his head down. Having him comment would ruin the moment…ruin the impact.

  4. Nookin

     /  September 16, 2018

    Bridges has been under fire for not saying anything. IMHO he is simply applying the age old thesis that one should never interrupt the opposition when they are making fools of themselves.

    This speech has all the hallmarks of a hurried and messily cobbled attempt to salvage lost ground. What other explanation can there be for the canning of the two TV bookings at the last minute . There was no diary malfunction. She is ducking for cover after a disastrous couple of weeks and will appear on her terms alone.

    I suspect we will have a new working group to act as the go-between for NZF and Labour —a sort of policy-hostage negotiator. Or maybe she has done a deal with Winnie and he has agreed to throw her a bone every now and then.

  5. David

     /  September 16, 2018

    I think the question needs to be asked is we are less than 12 months out from her manifesto and her coalition agreement and speech from the throne of which very very little has actually been implemented and vast swathes is out to various working groups ready to report back are we expecting a new plan ?

    • Pink David

       /  September 16, 2018

      “very very little has actually been implemented”

      That’s a bit rough. I’m sure she now has the record for the greatest number of committees created outside of the international association of socialist youth.

      • I rather suspect she is probably hankering for those halcyon days of preaching to the brainwashed, converted socialist youth. Beats the rough and tumble of the real world, I imagine.

        She must have thought that a Coalition Government consists of everyone agreeing to only ever discuss things they all already agree upon, as apparently happens in Merkel Land (until recently anyway). I think Mr Peters sees it more as everyone agreeing to only ever proceed with things he has already decided upon. He has played Ardern like a starving spring trout. The MMP system too.

  6. Gezza

     /  September 16, 2018

    Jesus that selfie video PG’s added. She’s taking the Opportunidy to talk to everyone on her FACEBOOK PAGE , her government’s pryoridees, not just her pardy’s pryoridees but all their pardies’ pryoridees – & and she’s blithering on – she’s nervous as hell.

  7. robertguyton

     /  September 16, 2018

    Jacinda’s running rings around all of you, leaving you scrambled and witless…on pointless blogs, bewailing your shared fates…magic!

    • Gezza

       /  September 16, 2018

      The pack will be at her heels now, Robert. They do that when the Government stuffs up & tells porkies. This performance is a transparent, carefully orchestrated, professionally crafted & thoroughly rehearsed attempt at major damage control. The MSM sharks smell blood. That’s why you’re here, chumming out. You need to be chumming out at the next presser in the Beehive. Not here.