Two major polls on Tuesday showed that New Zealand’s Labour jumped five percentage points in the first five days that Chris Hipkins was at the helm, following Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation, which came because she
had failed and become an electoral liability “didn’t have enough in the tank”. The Telegraph has more.
Chris Hipkins, a once close ally of Ms Ardern who has sought to distance himself from the former leader since taking power, promised a return to “core bread and butter issues”. …
His comments and reshuffle came as his Labour Party was buoyed by a boost in the polls after Ms Ardern stepped down amid discord over her premiership.
Two major polls on Tuesday showed New Zealand’s Labour jumped five percentage points in the first five days that Mr Hipkins was at the helm.
Analysts had questioned whether the party could bounce back from a dismal year without the globally admired Ms Ardern.
Ms Ardern announced a fortnight ago that she “didn’t have enough in the tank” to go to the October election.
Her decision, which she insisted was hers alone, came after intense scrutiny over her Government’s strict Covid lockdowns, rampant inflation and a cost of living crisis.
Personal and party popularity had plummeted by December to their lowest since Ms Ardern became Prime Minister in 2017.
Mr Hipkins polled 23% as the preferred prime minister in the 1News poll, one percentage point above Christopher Luxon, the opposition National Party leader.
Seems it’s not just us who are glad to see the back of the authoritarian Queen of Woke.
Worth reading in full.
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