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theguardian - 7 days ago

The New Zealand opposition leader wants to follow a Scott Morrison blueprint to beat Jacinda Ardern | Van Badham

Simon Bridges is doing an imitation campaign, but he’s forgetting it’s a different culture, a different countrySimon Bridges is the leader of New Zealand’s conservative National party. He’s making a tilt for the prime ministership when the country goes to an election next year. There’s concern he may be uncompetitive with his Labour rival. She’s Jacinda Ardern.People don’t know much about Bridges. Some people might remember that as a minister in John Key’s National government, he signed off on oil and gas exploration in a “pristine and untouched” national conservation area, and then excused himself by announcing he didn’t realise it was there. A rarefied few might remember that he is one of only a few New Zealanders who’s ever had a personal superannuation fund. But everyone does seem to know he’s stratospherically unpopular. Continue reading...


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