she lacks key political skills such as getting rid of political liabilities in cabinet and killing off political issues that are vote losers. Capital gains tax is one example. Another is not putting parameters on the abortion debate. Clark did not go near abortion law reform to she did not want to rocket the Christian parties over the 5% threshold. They were near back then.
Although the rest of the country may still be fingering the results of their Black Friday shopping, no such luck for the politicians as they move into the final phase of the parliamentary year.
Each of the main parties is desperate for a spark to lift performance (and perhaps polling).
PM Jacinda Ardern is taking a shellacking for her silence on China, its human rights offences, its cyber-bullying and in particular the Professor Anne-Marie Brady affair. And then, for reasons no-one can guess at, she has turned a blind eye to the disgraceful performance of Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway in handling the issue of deporting Czech drug smuggler Karel Sroubek.
Is Jacindamania fading? Perhaps not yet, but it soon will, at this rate.
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