Simon Bridges weird attack on Jacinda suggests the Right wing of NZ has no comprehension of the Realm of NZ

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‘Part-time PM’: Simon Bridges attacks Jacinda Ardern over Tokelau trip

National Party leader Simon Bridges has gone on the attack, calling Jacinda Ardern a “part-time Prime Minister” for getting involved in the Ihumātao land dispute just before leaving for Tokelau.

This attack by Simon Bridges on Jacinda visiting one of our Realm States is weird.  It’s like the National Party never recognise our obligations to our dependent territories or associate states.

Simon is trying to paint Jacinda’s trip to Tokelau as a holiday, something she should have taken during the recess.

The reality of course is that the Realm of NZ goes far beyond North Island, South Island and Stewart Island. The ‘Realm of NZ’ includes the Ross Dependency, the dependent territory of Tokelau; and two associated states, the Cook Islands and Niue.

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My guess is that vast swathes of the Right in NZ have no comprehension whatsoever of the Realm of NZ and aren’t even familiar with the term. Hard right talkback host, Heather du Plessis-Allan exposed this ignorance with her comments and so did Mike Hosking.

My guess is that white right wing NZers have no idea of our Pacific responsibilities let alone the incredibly negative history NZ has with phosphate mining in Nauru or the manner in which we almost killed everyone on Samoa by incompetently allowing an Influenza ship to dock while we were running the country post World War 1.

This shouldn’t surprise anyone seeing as most white right wing NZers have no comprehension of how badly we treated Māori.

Let’s be clear, Jacinda isn’t on a bloody holiday, she is on a formal visit to a nation we have actual sovereignty obligations for. For Simon to paint this out as a holiday is a clever racist dog whistle playing to white NZs ignorance of our responsibilities.

Clearly Simon is feeling safe in his position after the TVNZ poll to get back to doing what National Party leaders do best, being race baiting dogs.

 

 

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  1. DOGS is the right description Bomber.

    Key wouldn’t attend those soldiers funeral service because it interrupted him attending a basketball game Max was playing in.
    Before Bridges throws rocks he should focus on the party he represents and its shameful record of its last rock star leader Mr Key ( before Bill ) who showed where is priorities were at with this most appalling snub of the fallen soldiers at their service he should have attended as PM.

    They make me wretch !!!!!!!!!!!

    • There is so much hypocrisy here. A temporary, part time opposition leader calling our P.M. part time.
      As for two plus three Allan, her opinion is meaningless. Perhaps she’s just espousing the words from her father Barry Soper. Hosking on the other hand, well kindy must have gotten off early.

  2. Labour and National can have a go at each other all they like. As far as I can see there is little difference between them now in terms of policy or purpose. Frankly could not care less……

    • Yes.
      I think the lesson isn’t left vs right here, but that none of our current politicians actually have a clue about the lives of ordinary kiwis.
      We are too busy trying to pay the bills to give a shit who is on a junket where, or on what magazine cover.

  3. I just love the way Simon sticks his chin out when he launches into one of his small-minded rants. He should also try stamping his feet to complete the picture

  4. The worst of the human race are represented by the National party.
    Using the victims of cancer too harness votes after running down the health system in New Zealand for nine long years just to give the impression they have one ounce of human kindness for the New Zealanders battling this disease is reprehensible.
    You only have too watch Bridges performance on Q+A last night to realise this guy is evil.
    But he is a good husband and father apparently ?????
    They really are the scum of the earth and are called the Nasty Natz for good reason.

    Sent to Mr Bridges email.

    • Couldn’t have said it better Mosa yes national are evil soimon wants to beats his own people with police batons he wants to pepper spray us for protesting the next time he goes onto a Marae we need to whero (challenge) him and call the plastic prick out

    • So in your eyes the 45% of those polled who supported National are evil .The truth is they care about NZ and want it to improve not sink into a cauldron of hate inspired by the 2 opposing coalition partners and a bunch of useless ministers. The glitter is starting to fall off the leader and without her they are lost

  5. A Case of Hatred
    Jacinda is well valued by everybody except the right-wing of New Zealand’s ugly National Party and The Herald rottweilers.

  6. Couldn’t have said it better Mosa yes national are evil soimon wants to beats his own people with police batons he wants to pepper spray us for protesting the next time he goes onto a Marae we need to whero (challenge) him and call the plastic prick out

  7. Couldn’t have said it better Mosa yes national are evil soimon wants to beats his own people with police batons he wants to pepper spray us for protesting the next time he goes onto a Marae we need to whero (challenge) him and call the plastic prick out

  8. Bridges is just parroting nonsense that many or his followers want to hear. The logic and truth surrounding his diatribe does not matter.

    Just rant rant rant against Labour and particularly Jacinda. When there is nothing much to rant about then Bridges and co just make something up.

    The faithful followers lap it up and repeat it.

    Why does this prick Bridges get so much morning exposure on RNZ. Many times that if the PM.

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