Tag Archives: Simon Bridges

Improvements Needed on Conversion Bil — The BFD

National is on board with the core intent of the Conversion Practices Prohibition Bill, however, we would need to see an amendment in order to support it, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says. “Minister Kris Faafoi’s interview with Heather du Plessis-Allan in which he was unable to rule out prosecutions for parents has caused alarm…

via Improvements Needed on Conversion Bil — The BFD

Simon Finally Grows a Pair (Sort of) — The BFD

This month the Human Rights Commission released their October report. In it, they called for amongst other things warm and dry homes and fair pay wrapping them up in the concept of “rights”. In response, ACT leader David Seymour and Simon Bridges both took issue with what was said. ACT leader David Seymour this week…

via Simon Finally Grows a Pair (Sort of) — The BFD

National Party Leader Poll Results: Newshub vs The BFD — The BFD

Newshub First place Judith CollinsSecond place Mark MitchellThird place Paula BennettLast Simon BridgesThe BFD First place Judith CollinsSecond place Simon BridgesThird place Mark MitchellFourth Todd MullerLast Paula Bennett

via National Party Leader Poll Results: Newshub vs The BFD — The BFD

The job of Opposition Leader and “the difference between responsible and political” — Your NZ

The job of Opposition in a democracy such as ours is important, it is a way of holding the Government to account (along with the media who generally do this). To do Opposition well a good balance needs to be found between criticising the Government and highlighting failings, but not being seen as petty politics […]

via The job of Opposition Leader and “the difference between responsible and political” — Your NZ

Bridges botches tax plan accouncement — Your NZ

Simon Bridges launched an economic plan today that was high on rhetoric but low on specifics. The lack of detail left a vacuum that has been quickly filled with a focus on a sloppy (at best) statement on average earnings tax rates. In his speech: National’s economic plan for 2020 We will announce our full […]

via Bridges botches tax plan accouncement — Your NZ

Bridges Backtracking on Ruling Winston out — The BFD

 

Showing precisely what we have long suspected, that Simon Bridges has the spine of a jellyfish, he has started walking back his declaration ruling out Winston Peters and NZ First: Bridges ruled-out NZ First at his caucus retreat in early February, saying he couldn’t trust the party. “I don’t believe we can work with NZ…

via Bridges Backtracking on Ruling Winston out — The BFD

Why Labour Will WIN or in Other Words Why National Will LOSE — The BFD

 

Matthew Hooton writes in Metro Magazine about why he thinks Labour will win this year’s election. This despite the distinct lack of delivery and policy blunders like KiwiBuild. It is as if, like the Trump administration, the governing party’s base has separated out its love for the leader from the reality of the shambles over…

via Why Labour Will WIN or in Other Words Why National Will LOSE — The BFD

Zero Support — The BFD

 

I have consistently refused to get involved in the criticism of Simon Bridges, mainly because a lot of it was just nasty and spiteful. Mocking someone for nothing more than his accent is childish and unnecessary, and I refuse to go there. Simon Bridges should be a role model for a lot of people; an…

via Zero Support — The BFD

National Party Distracted by Things That Don’t Matter — The BFD

I hate to say it, believe me, but the cartoon in yesterday’s Dompost accurately sums up the way the National party is allowing themselves to be portrayed. They seem to be dithering, distracted by things that simply don’t matter, while they ponder and mull over their stance on the Zero-Carbon Bill, the biggest economic hand-grenade…

via National Party Distracted by Things That Don’t Matter — The BFD

Will Labour destroy 30 years of Treaty settlement progress? — Kiwiblog

TVNZ reports: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Government is “mindful of its obligations” as Simon Bridges today pressed her whether public money will be used to buy land at Ihumātao.However, she also said at present negotiations are taking place between mana whenua and Kiingitanga with no Government input.National’s leader has questioned Ms Ardern about the…

via Will Labour destroy 30 years of Treaty settlement progress? — Kiwiblog

The Government Is Going to Wreck Our Economy — The BFD | Media

The Greens conference at the weekend may have been mostly done behind closed doors, but snippets came out, including James Shaw calling Simon Bridges a “climate change denier”. We all know Bridges is no denier, but his attitude towards climate change is somewhat more benign than that of the Green party. Nevertheless, the Greens have…

via The Government Is Going to Wreck Our Economy — The BFD | Media

Why Bridges Gets No Traction on Jacinda — WOBH | Media

Simon Bridges is constantly criticised for his accent, for being boring, for failing to have any public appeal, and for failing to hold a poorly performing government to account. Many of those criticisms are justified. But there is a reason why he can’t get any hits on the prime minister. It’s because, as soon as…

via Why Bridges Gets No Traction on Jacinda — WOBH | Media

Simon Bridges Says They Should Lead by Example — WOBH | Media

 

Simon Bridges has said that the 135 electric vehicles that have been added to the government fleet since the Labour coalition took office is paltry and shows that it is failing to lead by example. In real terms, the government itself has done nothing on electric vehicles since the election, except propose more taxes. There…

via Simon Bridges Says They Should Lead by Example — WOBH | Media

The case for ruling out Winston — Kiwiblog

Damien Grant writes: Bridges has two options. He can dance around the prospect of having to sup with Peters, debasing himself and his party for a chance to be humiliated, tethered and degraded for three miserable years.Bridges will be required to apologise and excuse the behaviour of people he will have no authority over and…

via The case for ruling out Winston — Kiwiblog

Political polls ‘simply can’t both be right’ — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

National leader Simon Bridges says the political poll that showed his party had gained support was the most similar to National’s own polling. Two polls released in the weekend had two different results – in one National leapfrogged Labour to take the lead but according to the other, Labour could govern alone for the first…

via Political polls ‘simply can’t both be right’ — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Bridges claims ‘deceit and dirty politics’ – but who did the dirty? — Your NZ

Simon Bridges and National continue to go hard out on the leak of budget information two days before Budget day. But who is playing dirty here? RNZ Week in politics: National set the trap and Robertson walked into it National used the information it found on Treasury’s website to set a trap – and it […]

via Bridges claims ‘deceit and dirty politics’ – but who did the dirty? — Your NZ

My guess as to what happened — Kiwiblog

Stuff reports: Treasury has referred the apparent leaking of Budget information to police, saying it has sufficient evidence to indicate that its systems have been deliberately and systematically hacked.But National leader Simon Bridges has hit back very hard, saying National had acted “entirely appropriately” and that Finance Minister Grant Robertson was attempting to smear him to cover up…

via My guess as to what happened — Kiwiblog

Treasury refer claimed hacking to police following budget leak — Your NZ

The budget leak publicised by National yesterday has got a lot murkier, with Treasury now saying they have been hacked. The matter has been referred to the police, but Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges is unrepentant for trying to hijack Thursday’s budget announcement. Let’s just remember that what the Nats have released so far […]

via Treasury refer claimed hacking to police following budget leak — Your NZ

Family First supports Christian party proposal — Family First NZ

 

Radio NZ News 21 May 2019 The National Director of the Family First lobby group, Bob McCoskrie, says there could be plenty of support for a new Christian values party but it will depend on whether voters believe it could win an electorate seat. National leader Simon Bridges confirmed he had talked with MP Alfred…

via Family First supports Christian party proposal — Family First NZ

National committed to a bipartisan approach to climate change — Your NZ

In response to Wednesday’s announcement on the Climate Change Response Act and the establishment of an an independent advisory Climate Change Commission the leader of the National Party, Simon Bridges, indicated his support and his party’s commitment to finding “a bipartisan approach to climate change”, but he qualified that with “that delivers the best outcomes […]

via National committed to a bipartisan approach to climate change — Your NZ

Face of the day — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

National Party leader kicked out of the House for arguing with Speaker Trevor Mallard […] “How is it appropriate for you to entertain several pointless points of order from that side, and when I react to something the prime minister’s said I’m the naughty boy in this Parliament?” Stuff I can just imagine Paula Bennett…

via Face of the day — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Bridges and MPs deliver attacks on lack of delivery — Your NZ

With his leadership of National under ongoing scrutiny, Simon Bridges went on the attack in Parliament yesterday. I don’t care for that sort of politics so will leave that speech at that, apart from saying that I don’t think it will save Bridges from being dumped as leader sooner or later (it doesn’t look like […]

via Bridges and MPs deliver attacks on lack of delivery — Your NZ

How hopeless is National’s current situation? — Your NZ

Now that National seems to have settled in the very low forties in the polls, below Labour and well below Labour+Greens+NZ First, they have a big political hill to climb before next year’s election, especially with the surge in support for Labour and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Even if either or both of Greens and […]

via How hopeless is National’s current situation? — Your NZ

Whose cracks are more problematic – Simon Bridges’ or Tova O’Brien’s? — Your NZ

Newshub journalist Tova O’Brien has written some scathing reports and opinions about Simon Bridges and his leadership. They have just exchanged jabs on Newshub Nation. Bridges: “And I know that will disappoint your commentators today such as David Slack and Tova O’Brien, but I’m here to stay.” O’Brien responded “I think it’s problematic that Simon […]

via Whose cracks are more problematic – Simon Bridges’ or Tova O’Brien’s? — Your NZ

Did Bridges finally score? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

It is usually very disappointing to watch Ardern easily bat away Bridges’ questions in the house that start with the standard opener of, “Does she stand by all her Government’s statements, policies, and actions?” On Tuesday he finally appeared to break through when he pressed Ardern on her vaunted small business experience. Ardern, as is…

via Did Bridges finally score? — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Will it be Barry that burns the Bridges — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

Was it a smart move on the part of Bennett and Bridges to leap to Barry’s defence before they were in possession of all the facts? Just because Barry joined the Bridges and Bennett blagging of Jami-Lee, it does not prove that all her actions were lily-white. There is such a thing as the long-game…

via Will it be Barry that burns the Bridges — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

National response to Tax Working group final report — Your NZ

Simon Bridges set the National tone to the Tax Working Group final report prior to it’s release. NZ Herald: National Leader Simon Bridges says a capital gains tax would lead to Kiwis leaving NZ for Australia Speaking to media this morning, Bridges came out swinging and said such a tax would come at the detriment […]

via National response to Tax Working group final report — Your NZ

Contrasting takes on Bridges: Debate on Prime Minister’s Statement — Your NZ

Following an embarrassing poll result Simon Bridges came out firing in his first speech of the year in Parliament yesterday, in response to the Prime Minister’s statement. It was the best of speeches, it was the worst of speeches, depending who is describing it. Predictably Winston Peters, who spoke immediately afterwards, slammed and ridiculed the […]

via Contrasting takes on Bridges: Debate on Prime Minister’s Statement — Your NZ

Bridges ‘comes out’ — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

The leader of the opposition, Simon Bridges, someone whom we all supposed was ‘straight’, being married to a lovely woman of the opposite sex and with whom he has fathered three children, has announced at the Big Gay Out that it was all a mistake and he has changed his mind. Quote. A clip from…

via Bridges ‘comes out’ — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

JLR, the media and a difficult mental health question — Your NZ

There have been a number of puzzling aspects about how the health of Jami-Lee Ross has played out in public. One obvious one is that it has played out in public as it has – Ross has come newsworthiness as an MP, but people with mental health problems tend to deal with them as privately […]

via JLR, the media and a difficult mental health question — Your NZ