“She expects to be Prime Minister soon”

Prime Minister in waiting? Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern


Jacinda Ardern says she expects to be Prime Minister soon and wants to get down to negotiations this weekend.

I am not an expert negotiator but I am married to a man who before he became self-employed was a top salesman. I am pretty sure that it is a really bad idea to tell media that you think your end goal is a fait accompli before entering negotiations with another party.

Ardern fronted media in Auckland after special votes saw Labour and the Green Party gain a seat each, with National dropping from 58 on election night to 56.

“These results show that the majority of New Zealanders voted against the status quo,” Ardern said.

[…] Peters has said NZ First wants to have a decision made on who to support by this Thursday. Asked directly if she expected to be Prime Minister after those talks, Ardern said yes.

“That is what we are in these negotiations for. That’s what we campaigned for. To be in a position to make change.

“I ran a strong campaign on behalf of Labour to be in the position to be Prime Minister, to lead New Zealand, and to improve the lot of all New Zealanders. That is what these negotiations are now about.”

Ardern was joined by her negotiating team including deputy leader Kelvin Davis and finance spokesman Grant Robertson. The mood was upbeat […]


-NZ Herald

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