“What the Kiwi way of life means to me’ – Simon Bridges

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  1. lurcher1948

     /  24th February 2019

    Simon Bridges,the best thing to happen since sliced bread for our PM Jacinda Ardern

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  2. Gezza

     /  24th February 2019

    Hang on, I’ll have a look 😐

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    • Gezza

       /  24th February 2019

      Ok, I had a look.
      At the end it felt like I hadn’t.
      Think I’ll look at something else. 😐

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  3. Corky

     /  24th February 2019

    Simon, you missed the solid sub group of New Zealanders who aspire to nothing. Who live on the breadline in many cases because they aren’t amenable to sage advice.

    They don’t give toss about the Kiwi way of life. They just want free money from you

    So if you want to get into power come 2020 – and especially after May’s budget – you will need to decide what largesse of Labours you will be keeping, and what will be jettisoned.

    Yeah, good luck with that.

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    • Gezza

       /  24th February 2019

      There’s something about the “This is what I believe ordinary hard working New Zealanders want” style of presentation that just doesn’t gel with me. It didn’t work for Andy Little either.

      It’s a visceral rather than a cerebral reaction. Neither of them felt like they were ordinary hard working Kiwis living lifestyles like me. Bugger-all of us own a bach, for a start. Few of us are on the money they’re earning, with a gold-plated Super scheme, like they have.

      Pollies DO, for the most part, work hard (& a few of them obviously play hard, too, we’ve learned. Playing away has got a couple of them in the personal & public grotney pudding just lately).

      But I don’t want to know all about the leader. This sort of approach to me sounds egotistical & as though they think THEY are the reason one should vote for them. I want to know what their party’s policies are.

      But I come from a generation where being egotistical & blowing your own trumpet wasn’t appreciated. One for which humility was more a virtue, where others extolling your virtues was a more genuine recognition of your value or success than your own.

      For all the msm-supported Jacindamania cult that has been built around her & is obviously Labour’s bggest voting drawcard, I don’t think Jacinda does this “I think, I want” type of cant. She sells a more inclusive style of message that is more of a “We believe” style.

      That works better than this, imo.

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  4. The Consultant

     /  24th February 2019

    Explaining is losing, Simon.

    It was a dumb phrase blurted out, as is usually the case with you, and now rather than just memory hole it, you’re doing the whole lawyer schtick of I can explain that.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  24th February 2019

      Explaining isn’t losing at all; there are many times when an explanation is justified.

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      • Duker

         /  24th February 2019

        never heard of the original statement that needed explaining…. do you ?. So tell us without checking with Bridges video.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  24th February 2019

          i said ‘many times’ in response to the statement that ‘explaining is losing’, which sounded as if it always was.

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          • Duker

             /  24th February 2019

            Your exact words above are “explaining isn’t losing..many times ..justified”
            No need to explain why you have contradicted yourself – we all can do that- but a party leader needs ‘to know when to play’em and when to fold’em’

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  5. Finbaar Rustle

     /  24th February 2019

    Infomercials all sound the same these days.
    In ’75 Rob Muldoon promised “Jobs for you, your children and their children.
    Unemployment sits at around 700,000 and rising.
    But wait there’s more…

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  6. sorethumb

     /  24th February 2019

    My immediate reaction was to think of those property programs that start out talking about “NZrs love affair with property”. All that started in the 1970’s with Jones on Property. In 1987 Labour decided to transform society through immigration. At that time they appeared to actually believe NZ would benefit from a larger population [?]. Initially you had ups and downs in the property market but with Chinese immigration high property prices are assured. I believe the simple model that says adding more people to a land based economy too far away to be a major manufacturing center reduces the marginal product of each additional worker.
    Overall the people on the pigs back still have an enviable lifestyle, however the unique feature of the kiwi lifestyle was respectably having a good life on a low income. Even in the 1980’s there were baches near central Queenstown and fishermans cottages at Redcliffs.
    I would also add that multiculturalism is politically correct BS. Most people value community over cosmopolitanism. If I want to see China I will go to China. China doesn’t need to come here.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  24th February 2019

      That’s insularism and parochialism. I am most unlikely to be in China at the time of Chinese New Year or India for Diwali or Holi. But I can see them here for nothing. I can also see Korean dancing, African costumes (very colourful) and buy food from who knows how many countries. I don’t see how you can speak for most people when you claim that they prefer community to cosmopolitanism. Why can’t we have both ?

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  7. Duker

     /  24th February 2019

    Interesting political conundrum. I can think of Australia where Abbott was a highly effective opposition leader, but unlucky for him, he won an election, thats when he had the media training – to slow down his natural delivery speech , and other tricks and was soon despised even though he was PM.
    Bridges might have made a passable PM as a follow on to Key. It was a big mistake to let English have his turn…for what ?

    Yes the media here are tough on Bridges, but they had years of practice with labours various leaders. And the polls confirm what they know from watching him everyday. And hes killed off any sympathy even from national friendly journos ( apart from ones sleeping with nat Mps) by his utu warning of legal action to the political editors over the ‘donations angle’ of the JLR scandal. yes he may be able to take defamation action and kill any comment dead, but if he thought that would save him, hes soooooo wrong

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  8. phantom snowflake

     /  24th February 2019

    Hell!! Quite clearly National can’t afford Crosby Textor any more…

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    • Duker

       /  24th February 2019

      I think his wife is now his political muse….and since he didnt ‘hire her’ , cant fire her.
      Shes the one behind the Womens Weekly strategy …they can believe their luck -they dont have to invent stories ..they get photos and new exclusives .. baby has first birthday … wife calls the womens mags…. Simon has bad year , call the womens mags.
      With jacinda , they create a theme , use agency photos of the few occasions, which arent exclusives.
      Key and English never allowed their very young kids to be front and centre of personal publicity campaign…its backfired as his personal poll numbers have fallen.

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  9. Patzcuaro

     /  24th February 2019

    There used to be a more homogeneous kiwi way of life, now I think there is more variety and that is for the better. The Fred Dagg and Footrot Flats New Zealand is still there but so is the vibrant urban New Zealand.

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    • Mother

       /  24th February 2019

      Perhaps instead of the Flag referendum Mr Key could have spent resources finding out what people think is the Kiwi Way of Life. It could be a valuable discussion. Perhaps with the right coaching Mr Bridges might grow into a team leader. Jacinda does do better. She doesn’t come across as so precious about herself as does Mr Bridges. Either way though, we seem to be moving away from the ability to focus largely on policy. Perhaps it’s because our Kiwi way of life, although more diverse now, is sadly disjointed? Perhaps we really do need to take pause and get this basic issue sorted. That would take some seriously compassionate and intelligent leadership!

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