Where to from here: Muller

From Gezza:


Where to from here: more detail from Muller

The Herald’s Jason Walls gives his take on Muller’s first head-to-head in The House with Ardern.

New National Party leader Todd Muller has gone toe-to-toe with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in the House for the first time.

Although Muller’s line of questioning was not particularly fiery, an exchange between NZ First Minister Shane Jones and National’s Paul Goldsmith caused a stir during question time this afternoon.

Muller – who rolled Simon Bridges to become National’s leader late last week – focused on small business and jobs over the course of his line of questioning.

Unlike Bridges, whose first question was strategically vague in a bid to make it harder for the Prime Minister to prepare, Muller’s first question was straight to the point.

“What is the Treasury’s most recent estimate of unemployment in the third quarter of this calendar year, and what is the Government’s specific plan to arrest the sorts of job losses we’ve seen over the past two weeks?”

Before answering, Ardern congratulated Muller on becoming the new Opposition leader – but that’s where the pleasantries ended…

It’s a pretty lightweight effort, but of much more depth & interest is the embedded audio clip of Mike Hosking’s interview with Muller.

The now obviously anti-Labour-led coalition, preening, right wing partisan Hosking showed himself in the lead up to the last election to be capable of doing a solid, workman-like job of hosting a National & Labour leaders’ debate & remaining surprisingly neutral throughout.

He adopts a similar style in this interview, but lets Muller talk uninterrupted & Muller gets to expound in more depth than I’ve seen so far; on his Covid-19 recovery philosophy, his analysis of the government’s performance (“credit where credit’s due”, the problem with this government is the Prime Minister has about 3 competent Ministers & then all the others fall away pretty fast – Twyford, Jackson, Davis cited as top of his head examples of failures) & the approach he’ll be taking in his new job.

I won’t try & transcribe relevant bits; on this FiP2 it’ll take too long flipping back & forth between the Notes app & the browser pages & there’ll be too many typographical errors.

Well worth a listen though, in my view. (Still a case of me waiting to see if I think he & his team can deliver the goods better than the current coalition or Labour.)

New National leader Todd Muller squares off against Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern for the first time


Hansard: 2. Question No. 2—Prime Minister

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  1. David

     /  27th May 2020

    Havent heard the Hosking bit will give it a try. I was driving so popped parliament on for his question and quite frankly was depressed that first out of the block he was moaning that there should be more taxpayer funds for small business. How about saying there should be less money thrown around as someone has to pay it back, why are we still in Level 2.8 with no new cases etc etc.
    Anyway we have taken on 2 new guys this week ($28 an hour to start, 42 hours a week), had our biggest payroll ever and are looking for another vehicle.
    We would like to be freed of the bullshit paperwork and form filling of level 2 please, I spent 3 hours traipsing around getting Covid forms filled in for a new customer which are pretty much exactly the same as ones we have already signed a dozen times now and probably another 2 hours today finding the rest of the guys to declare they havent been overseas lately. Everyone is shit scared of the authorities shutting them down and the state in their infinite wisdom didnt produce a generic one everyone could use.

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    • Gezza

       /  27th May 2020

      I’m serious. Whack the relevant bits of that in an email & fire it off to his office. See what you get back.

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      • Gezza

         /  27th May 2020

        And if you don’t like what you get back, whack the reply & the original message into another email to Winston. Delete all identifying details first & send it from an untraceable address.

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        • Gezza

           /  27th May 2020

          Your other alternatives might be Seymour or – I dunno – Robertson? But I don’t think Seymour gets taken seriously enuf to make it worthwhile, & I doubt Labour is open to external suggestions.

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  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  27th May 2020

    Winston where Muller should have been: NZ should be at level 1 now”.
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12335076

    Shameful to be out-pointed by the old fox when the opportunity was begging.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  27th May 2020

      Muller’s missing something, brains or guts. Looks like a failure to live up to his hat at this stage.

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      • Gezza

         /  27th May 2020

        Winston doesn’t mind courting or creating controversy; he needs to to stay visible & anyway it’s most likely in his DNA. NZF is still a risky proposition to vote for while he’s der führer.

        Muller can go there when he’s ready. Meantime he still has to study the public mood from the leader’s chair & strategise from that analysis.

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        • Gezza

           /  27th May 2020

          And why should he live up to that hat when, to coin an American phrase, its an ass- hat?

          Trump’s got his acolytes here but not in my view in anywhere near enuf numbers to warrant Muller aping his style.

          You’ll have to be satisfied with Peters’ & Jones’s efforts for now.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  27th May 2020

            I think Muller is as I said, just a chip off the old Bolger: paternalistic conservative Catholic. Probably makes Winston slaver for yet another opportunity to make and break him. It’s a comedy rerun.

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  27th May 2020

        A plodder lacking both brains and guts. To which I would add vision

        Compare and contrast Muller’s timid soundbites with SCOMO’s plan…

        “Scott Morrison warns China ‘we will not retreat’ but cautions against a trade war as he unveils new a ‘JobMaker’ five-year plan to get the Australian economy ‘out of ICU'”

        https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8354141/Scott-Morrison-plans-Australian-economy-ICU.html

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  27th May 2020

          It’s definitely looking that way, C. Which doesn’t say much for those who chose him. Have we ever had such a useless, spineless Parliament?

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          • Gezza

             /  27th May 2020

            Yes. Under Muldoon.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  27th May 2020

              No, there were still people like Gair, Minogue and Waring who were prepared to stick their necks out and challenge stupid consensus.

            • Gezza

               /  27th May 2020

              True. Waring brought the nasty old bugger down.

        • Gezza

           /  27th May 2020

          Have just read the link. Yeah that’s very good election messaging.
          5 points. All simple to say. All with another still simple layer of explanation below.
          Easy to remember. Stake’s in the ground.

          Now he just has to deliver – but at least his government knows what thry hsve to focus on & contribute to.

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          • Gezza

             /  27th May 2020

            *what they have to focus on & contribute to.

            That was really weird. The onscreen keyboard threw a wobbly. It had characters all over the place. Time for a restart I think.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  27th May 2020

    So we’ve got Ardern mothering the nation and Muller trying to father it while Winston rips it off. What a pathetic shambles.

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  4. Gezza

     /  27th May 2020

    Another bite at the … um … cherry today. Haven’t watched it yet. Just about to see how he did.

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    • Gezza

       /  27th May 2020

      An epic fail.

      Apart from the fact Muller had the throaty roar of a mouse & I had to concentrate to hear him at times, his habit of asking very precise supplementary questions predictably related to his equally precise & limited primary question means Ardern has all the information ready to explain every answer in front of her to simply win the day.

      She totally & utterly demolished him without having to even raise a sweat.

      His stodgy question style simply gives her a perfect platform to explain in detail the range of measures that the government has implemented to cover off various scenarios of how different employers are affected by the Covid-19 response, why what the government is doing is far superior to what his National team’s proposal is, & why his solution is actually not a solution. Or not much of one.

      She remained pleasant, courteous & even helpful to Muller throughout the entire demolition process.

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  5. David

     /  27th May 2020

    Muller is bloody awful, I am missing Bridges. I had suspicion he would be Nationals Shearer and here we are with 2 days of discussion on who and who isnt Maori and how many there are and at what number.
    I am out National.

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    • Gezza

       /  27th May 2020

      Understandable. Who else have you got?

      I tried to be positive because Ardern’s generally poor crew worry me. But it’s not looking good. Bridges couldn’t adapt his script and think on his feet very well at Question Time. Muller looks like he can’t do it AT ALL.

      Oh well. The crazy movie rolls on.

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