Jacinda Ardern â€“ Observation by the Owl
Last week I â€śOwlâ€™dâ€ť about Steven Joyce and a possible National Party strategy leading into the 2014 election.
This week it is Jacinda Ardern
The Owl is a watcher of Parliamentary TV and yesterday Jacinda Ardern (who I would be quite happy to have a coffee with) quizzed Paula Bennett (who I would have a wine with) about social welfare expenditure.
What Jacinda doesnâ€™t understand is that a lot of us are far more experienced and knowledgeable of previous governments to know that Labour spent more than their fair share of dubious social welfare grants on. The student loan â€śbribeâ€ť which saw students head off overseas on trips. It was a pathetic line of questions which she knew the answer too. Which was 5.
There is no question she looks bright, intelligent, radiant smile and a confident speaker. Even more than most of her colleagues but not as skilled as Annette King or Maggie Barry who I enjoy listening to. They are great speakers. Even Gareth Hughes gets a leap on her.
However Jacinda Ardern this week receives the Owlâ€™s Observation
1) Where are your policies?
What I have been struggling with is that I as a taxpayer and voter have not read, seen or heard a policy on social welfare. Can you please direct me to where I may find them?
2) What are your policies?
You will have a budget exceeding $4BN if elected. What are you going to do with it? I want nuts and bolts as a voter please.
I am starting to think you are trained in Kevin Ruddâ€™s school of politics â€“ very well spoken, great on rhetoric, good sound bites and probably going to be a great talk back host but severely lacking on detail.
Finally when Russell Norman gets the Finance Minister role how are you going to dove-tail a social welfare program which shows a Green Finance Policy that wants to eliminate breeding and immigration (refer Greens Population Policy) and heavily tax Starbucks, McDonolads and Facebook while sending 246,000 people on the unemployment list when they close down manufacturing and primary industries in NZ.