Why on earth does Jacinda Ardern keep saying “captain’s call”

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Does Jacinda Ardern think it is hip and blokey to keep constantly referring to her decisions as “captain’s calls”?

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has not ruled out introducing a capital gains tax if she leads the next Government.

Ardern has revealed it was her own “captain’s call” to not rule out introducing a capital gains tax on rental properties or second homes next term.

She made the comments while fielding questions during a special PM Job Interview with the Herald, facing a panel hosted by Heather du Plessis-Allan and featuring Audrey Young, Liam Dann and Toby Manhire.

Labour will wait to hear what a planned tax working group recommends on the matter, Ardern said – but waiting to act until after the 2020 election was too long. It would not apply to the family home, she said.

“It is different leadership, different decisions,” Ardern said. “Andrew [Little] made a call that he would go back to the electorate.

“I made a call that if I was in government and presented with a tax working group paper that suggested these are the things you need to do to be able to tackle the housing crisis and inequality in your tax system, to then sit on that for one, maybe two years without doing anything didn’t feel right to me.”

She had talked to finance spokesman Grant Robertson, but it was ultimately a “captain’s call”.

That is almost as cringeworthy as “Skipper’s feelin’ good, Skipper’s feelin’ good” from David Cunliffe.

So what precisely is a “Captain’s call”?

The Urban Dictionary defines it as:

A decision made unilaterally by a team leader without consulting colleagues, often a massive clusterfuck.

And so it proved to be. Labour are all at sea over taxation. Their “captain’s call” has led to near disaster.

But, this is what you get when the coach was sent  from the field 9 years ago and is now standing on the sidelines with the assistant coach screaming like a drunk dad at the ref.

Tony Abbot made “captain’s calls” all the time, he used it so often it was even made Macquaries Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2015. Those “captain’s calls” also lost him his job as Prime Minister.

Will Jacinda Ardern’s “captain’s calls cost her the big job?


-NZ Herald


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