Hooton is half right in his column calling for Jacinda to go to the polls early.
Yes, the economic outlet is far more gloomy and it will make the political landscape more difficult to traverse but to exploit an atrocity for political benefit is beneath Jacinda, those who have suffered most from this white supremacist terror attack and the people of New Zealand as a whole.
Liam Hehir is attempting to assure the Right they can go back to being arseholes once the moment of national mourning has passed by comparing the loss of Jens Stoltenberg in the wake of the Norway atrocity to Jacinda losing in 2020.
What Liam fails to highlight was that Stolenberg lost BECAUSE his Party was seen to be behind the security failures of the Police and intelligence services in the wake of the atrocity, that backlash won’t occur in NZ because neither Jacinda or Labour can be seriously held to account for a right wing Intelligence Industry and Police Force who saw journalists, Māori, Environmentalists and Muslims as the threat and not white supremacists.
And then there is Kate Hawkesby’s premonition that this will only be a one term Government because Jacinda will walk from the job to lead the UN.
In Kate Hawkesby’s world, success and power are the driving values, she projects those onto Jacinda & concludes the PM is as selfish as she would be by walking away from leading the country to try and gain more power at the UN. It’s crystal ball gazing that shows how hollow Hawkesby’s own parameters really are.
The right wing pundits are desperate to move the debate along because Jacinda led in a way that they can’t seriously counter and so would prefer to forget her extraordinary leadership by sullying it by suggesting immoral political expedience, the political ‘gravity’ returning pettiness to the agenda or personal aggrandisement ending the Government altogether.
In each case it is the pundits true vacant relationship with power that is on display, not insight to Jacinda’s phenomenal leadership.
I pray to the little baby Jesus this all ends up behind a paywall.