I don’t think you need to be too concerned, Ardern is showing the benefits of her three years as PM and understands acutely the benefit of maintaining a centralist approach and the importance of preserving her personal brand over ideologically driven agendas.Santa wrote: ↑Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:37 am
This may be the most conservation administration we have seen for some time.
Ardern appears to have taken to heart the enormous swing of centre and centre-right voters to Labour, which could be a problem for the Greens. When asked whether the Labour-Green victory was a progressive victory, she demurred.
“I think last night’s vote was a vote of confidence in the plan we have around Covid response and recovery.
“That, for me, was a very clear mandate and that is as well what was shared with me through the course of the campaign,” Ardern said.
She even alluded to the fact New Zealand could still be a progressive country under a centre-right government, something that will sound alarm bells for the Greens, who are worried about the effect of the swing of former National voters to Labour.
“I’d like to think NZ has always been a relatively progressive country, even at times when you may have had a centre right government you still see some of those conscience issues coming through,” Ardern said.