Labour’s no-show

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern was supposed to visit Coe’s Ford on the Selwyn River to talk about the party’s water tax.

She didn’t show up.

Ms Ardern’s office pulled the plug on the visit, with a message to media saying: “With regret we have had to cancel the Coe’s Ford media event with Jacinda Ardern, due to flooding”.

However when Newshub arrived, the river wasn’t flooded or flooding at all. . . 

Whatever the reason, it wasn’t the only Labour no-show.

Federated Farmers had hosted a meet-the-candidates meeting in Wanaka last Friday.

Labour’s candidate didn’t show up and didn’t have a stand-in.

The Green candidate didn’t show up either but did have a stand-in, MP Eugenie Sage.

She was asked how the water tax would be used to make water cleaner, she couldn’t give a satisfactory answer.

She was asked why farmers who are doing everything right should be taxed to clean up waterways that other people have degraded. She couldn’t give a satisfactory answer.

She was asked why farmers should be taxed to clean up urban waterways. She couldn’t give a satisfactory answer.

I ran into the Labour candidate when I went to vote on Monday.

I asked her how campaigning was going. She said it was busy and Waitaki was a huge electorate.

I said I knew that, adding that I’d been at the Wanaka meeting and noticed she hadn’t.

She said she had to pay all her own expenses and couldn’t afford to go.

I’ve since learned that neither she nor the Green candidate went to meetings in Cromwell, Fairlie and Waimate.

It’s not easy campaigning in seats you have no chance of winning and it’s both harder and more expensive in the rural seats which cover such a big area.

But the no-shows could also be seen as a reflection on how little respect Labour and the Green Party have for the regions and rural issues.

 

 

 

7 Responses to Labour’s no-show

  1. adamsmith1922 says:

    Reblogged this on The Inquiring Mind and commented:
    So Arden fails to front, as no doubt media would report tough questions and her usual spin. Much easier to visit a primary school for selfies and adulation from teachers. Jacinta transparently weak and relentlessly stupid

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  2. lprent says:

    After all of the outright lying about water costs from the likes of Federated Farmers, National Party politicians and the spinners, personally I would think that it was a waste to time to talk to morons who can neither count or who seem to realise that everyone apart from them pays for water and water treatment.

    My personal annual bill is about $600 per year, the household bill is $1200, and the bill at the business I work at is somewhere over $250,000 per annum with the tens of millions of dollars in profit we generate for the country.

    Virtually everyone else pays for greenhouse gases, and we generate way way less than belching whinging farmers do.

    Everyone pays their bit except apparently the frigging farmers who seem to whine like Cameron Slater about how unfair it is that they are responsible for their own actions.

    It is a really fast way to lose any respect for farmers (at least the ones who seem to frequent these meetings), every time I see a ‘farmer’ saying that it will cost them $50000 per annum for Labour’s water bill. When I break that down to 2c per cubic metreand find out that they are apparently using 2.5 million cubic metres per year – all it does is make me wander what in the hell they are wasting their water on.

    Of course it probably is simply billshit. Just like his ‘fart tax’. But frankly I’m sick of idiots who don’t take responsibility for their costs, and who expect everyone else to pick them up for them.

    But in in the great tradition of Nick Smith, Steven Joyce and David Farrar. I see that you are being as selective as you’d expect from a National spinner.

    https://thestandard.org.nz/a-meeting-in-wanaka/

    https://thestandard.org.nz/national-candidates-turn-chicken/#comment-1384625

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  3. Andrei says:

    My personal annual bill is about $600 per year, the household bill is $1200, and the bill at the business I work at is somewhere over $250,000 per annum with the tens of millions of dollars in profit we generate for the country.

    Your personal annual bill for what Lynn? Climate disaster porn?

    Your rant is not particularly coherent I’m afraid

    Farmers my friend produce the food you eat which produce the methane in the farts you emit which while unpleasant for those in the near vicinity do not pose any great threat to the well being of the transgender whales swimming of the coast of Greenland

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  4. Of course it probably is simply billshit. Just like his ‘fart tax’. But frankly I’m sick of idiots who don’t take responsibility for their costs, and who expect everyone else to pick them up for them.

    But in in the great tradition of Nick Smith, Steven Joyce and David Farrar. I see that you are being as selective as you’d expect from a National spinner.

    Nice to see your relentless positivity lprent. Ms Ardern would be proud of you.

    But does it strike you as slightly ironic that our good host here has allowed your tirade of abuse to stay here unaltered, whereas if the boot was on the other foot (i.e. at The Standard) both the comment and the commenter would be gone quick-smart?

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  5. vikingonmars says:

    K.S. You should know that it is different when the left do it.

    But frankly I’m sick of idiots who don’t take responsibility for their commitments and who expect everyone else to do so.

    Turning up when you say you will being foremost among those commitments.

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  6. invercargillgreen says:

    Hmm, interesting post, In Invercargill our MP refused to turn up to a meeting with secondary students and a teacher’s meeting afterwards. She was seen campaigning outside a supermarket at the same time. The Same MP turned down a candidate meeting organised by the apolitical Southland Water Forum (early evening) because it was her birthday. Other campaigns have noted around the country that National MPs are not fronting up to many meetings when they are about areas where the current government has serious failings. Pot calling the kettle black?

    Also when a senior MP turns up to a Farmers meeting in Wanaka, in a large electorate where meetings often clash, it shows a serious attempt to front up.

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  7. Gravedodger says:

    My infrormation is unable to be confirmed by a link but I have very little doubt as to veracity.
    A small seed multiplier has contracts to multiply Vegetable seeds for the international markets gained in large part because with irrigation he can guarantee supply.
    No Cows on the property, minimal fertilizer use and that used very heavily monitored and controlled.

    His tax at 2 cents a cube will be beyond comprehension for the mob.

    No flowing waterways within reach of the farm yet He will be forced to clean the Heathcote to swimable standards, whatever that dream constructs.

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