Michael Bassett: Jacinda – Full steam into the electoral hurricane

Watching Jacinda Ardern respond to the local body election results has been scary, former Labour cabinet minister Michael Bassett writes on BASSETT, BRASH & HIDE.

Teeth flashing, hands waving, exhortations to “be kind”, she seems to be full-steam ahead into next year’s electoral hurricane, he observes.

She has not acknowledged that the mayoral candidates she campaigned for in Auckland and Wellington were trounced at the polls,

“… her endorsement probably more of a liability than a help”.

Bassett sees no sign sign that Jacinda or her ministerial colleagues have learned anything about the unpopularity of many of their policies.  He writes: Continue reading “Michael Bassett: Jacinda – Full steam into the electoral hurricane”