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Feb 26Liked by Nick Rockel

I think he is incredibly weak which has been demonstrated by the number of Act and NZ First policies that have been adopted. He seems to have no understanding of what it means to be PM as everthing he says has limited substance. He hasn't taken on any portfolios so he can shift any blame for stuff ups to the relevant minister. I have lived in NZ 40 years, he is without doubt the worst PM. He has no moral compass and would sell his soul for power.

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Feb 26·edited Feb 26Liked by Nick Rockel

It's probably wrong to judge a person, without knowing them. From MSM and other even more bias sources we heard all through the campaign, as his popularity stayed low, we just "needed to get to know him". I presume gadding about acting the fool and appearing so out of touch, he may as well be an alien, was his attempt to do that. Let's say he's succeeded, we do know him now. OMG! He's our Prime Minister, were all doomed. Probably a bit OTT but we're all in for an unpleasant time for the next three years at least. Those of us on the left of centre will grind our teeth, experience many "I told you so" moments and generally feel uneasy. Those of us who are Maori, on benefits, getting in trouble on the streets, gender diverse, homeless or working poor will suffer unnecessarily. A few rich people will get richer, but we'll all be poorer for his leadership.

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Feb 26Liked by Nick Rockel

We knew national had no policies before the election. We knew they would say the finances were a disaster. We knew they would reverse any socially useful policies legislated by labour. We knew he wouldn’t be able to string together any original meaningful sentences. National never changes from one election to the next.

We just didn’t imagine he would completely fold to coalition partners who do have very powerful agendas for change. Did he not investigate ACTs allies and worry about their effective extreme right wing campaigns? Is he that intimidated by Winston Peters that he can’t hold his own? What advice was his National party advisory group giving him? Who are the advisors putting the words into his mouth? He’s destroyed the beautifully built Lego world we were creating together - more caring, more sharing, more united, more green - with one sweep of his hand.

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Where to start? Luxon is the very worst, most incompetent PM we have ever had. He is a shallow person with zero integrity who worships the dollar and displays no concern or empathy whatsoever for anyone less fortunate.

Luxon epitomises everything that is abhorrent about right wing thinking. He is neither intelligent nor articulate and his inability to give an answer to a simple question makes me want to scream! He speaks in meaningless slogans and seems to be totally deluded about his ability to do the job.

Having said that I do wonder if some cracks are showing - not allotting himself any portfolios, an utterly abysmal performance at Waitangi and then the recent absences from question time in parliament. Perhaps he is indeed fragile under that facade of arrogance and bluster.

Aside from everything that makes him clearly wrong for NZ in every way, I will never forgive him for enabling David Seymour to breathe life into his evil agenda. I still can’t believe how much we have lost in such a short time under his weak, visionless leadership.

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I try to think about him as little as possible to be honest. But keeping my head in the sand is not a fully viable strategy and I do value your analysis and those of other commenters.

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The chaos coalition has already seriously damaged our reputation worldwide with the smoking debacle and the cancellation of the irex project which will cost tourism mega millions in the next three years. We desperately needed a new inter island system, and canning the ship order, will cost NZ 40-50% more just for the boats alone.

Infrastructure projects within irex were well underway when cancelled by Simpleton Brown, a large number of new staff were sourced and moved to NZ only to now be unemployed…what a cluster f^*¥!

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He’s the Pinocchio of New Zealand politics. Every time Nicola Willis tells a lie, his head gets shinier.

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He seems to have no heart. That whole ‘get to know him better’ thing from JMM didn’t help. He just glides along on smooth arrogance of a privileged automaton. There appears to be no depth of care, no guts to fight for anything good… just money to smooth things over now and then. The lack of warmth and humility is a little chilling.

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The thing about Luxon is that he comes out with a load of crap so glibly. Unpicking the crapand pinning him down to get a truthful answer is difficult because he is slippery talks in jargon and rarely ever gives a straight answer to a question. How many times in a conversation doeshe justify his governments horrible policies by babbling aboutnoutcomes.

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For the last week he seems to have left behind his one answer to every reporter - I am incredibly focused and incredibly hard working. Now his lies about which big companies are influencing his decisions on increasing roads and petrol use while squashing KiwiRail's capacity to grow will become evident.

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I would respect Luxon if he introduced two main policies (along with several others of course): 1) introduce a land tax so other taxes can be reduced, thereby hurting his own interests - seven houses; 2) change the law so that the focus is on tax dodgers and white collar criminals. Ensure their punishment is loss of all assets and long prison sentences.

Pigs will fly through a frozen hell first unfortunately.

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Whoa! That would mean going back to Day One. There has been so much backtracking from that person that it is hard to remember anything positive. He and his cronies constantly criticised Labour (rightly, imo) for not having policies prepared when it was elected.

So my main criticism of Luxon is the same, as it appears that during six years of whining, and lying, and racist, and misogynistic, opposition his mob did nothing to prepare policies to match their vision for the future of Aotearoa. And now we have destruction, not construction as Luxon is led by the nose by those with fantastical ideologies.

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Feb 26·edited Feb 26

In brief, Luxon is a crook. He is the master of the sound bite and of self promotion. It is very obvious that he is shallow, money driven and the antithesis of the Christian faith he professes. Sadly this hypocrisy is not uncommon amongst some in the 'happy clappy' brigade, but Luxon is surely a cheer leader for them. And, let's not get started on simple old fashioned corruption! Casey Costello? She should be sacked today!

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If Luxon, and his team for that matter, took the time to walk a mile in the shoes of those doing it hard, the people trying but still doing it hard, the people not trying because they don’t know how to or where to start, the lonely, and the people who are so affected they will never get to base one, then maybe he/they would realise how some others feel, and step up, especially with leadership, talk empathy and do the mahi required. A lesson in being ego less thrown in for good measure.

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Feb 26·edited Feb 26

Who pulls Luxons strings. John Key of course. The reason why the Natz are rehashing old National policies. Luxon is a very weak PM. He seems to be unable to think for himself. When he is unable to provide answers to the hard questions. He runs away like a scared rabbit. Luxon is definitely the weakest link in this Corrupt Coalition Government.

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A weak, ineffectual man, still surfing along on his previous title of 'CEO', which actually has little relevance to his current position, where he should be running the country as PRIME Minister. He has little to no control over his Coalition partners, policies, or inclined to take any responsibility or action when MPs within said Coalition are caught lying and misleading the media & public. In a few short months he's made NZ an embarrassment on the Global stage, and is still just mouthing buzzwords, without achieving *anything* of note. Tearing down, stopping, or gutting previous positive initiatives cannot be considered an achievement.

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Dark days ahead for Ao/NZ I fear under this coalition :(

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He’s just that “lying luxon”. Just a mouthpiece puppet for “those “ higher up the food chain

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I just want to go to sleep for the next 2.5 yrs and wake up in time to vote in the next election. It is the only way I can think of to preserve my equilibrium and sanity while he allows his twunty DPs to destroy our fragile culture and what is left of our sense of unity.

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Feb 26Liked by Nick Rockel

As well as his tedious word salads of management speak and his personal buzzwords- clearly, extremely focused and outcomes he is actually unpleasant. He lacks the personal touch of John Key, whom I disliked for his sliminess. Luxon comes across as just unpleasant and his divisive repetitive attacks on the previous government smack of his years in USA and its highly partisan environment. He is also arrogant but weak. I am ashamed to have him as PM but given the hosing in of right wing money behind him and his coalition partners it was inevitable. I wish him 3 utterly miserable years as PM.

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Luxon is either a "useful idiot" as others think, or very cunning operator who's using the other two coalition partners to advance his and and those of the more right wing element of National, which is strongly aligned with the libertarian left. Make no mistake, this is a carefully planned strategy which has been rolling along quietly since John Key was PM. It's cool-ordinated, strategic and backed up by power and money. It's fascistic in tendency and has the ability to hook in the less aware segment of middle voters (in reality, probably most of them), which makes this government a candidate for more than one term.

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Feb 26·edited Feb 27

Luxon fluctuates between being the victim- oh poor me-it's all the fault of Peters or Seymour or the economy left to us by Labour - to being the tough guy "just follows his gut., likes to be a 'real hang out by the barby, paint the shed, kick the tyres' kind of bloke, a matey guy!' who doesn't read research or consider evidence, or want to talk about what evidence he does have - to being as outright arrogant, elitist.

What he doesn't demonstrate is consistent leadership or a thorough understanding of the issues - many of which have been around for a much too long time and ignored by previous governments on both sides of the House. Luxon's government seems to blatantly be in "payback to donors mode" relying more on faux consultation and edict than on considered legislation.

They are no longer a new government with teething problems - rather they seem to be suffering from a full blown abscess. It's dangerous to ignore dental problems -which by the way is another festering national health problem that should be addressed.

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Listening to him this morning, trying to excuse National's tobacco legislation plans, I'm constantly staggered that anyone can find him remotely impressive, or believable.

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He is the complete rebuttal to the argument that you need to pay big bucks to attract the best people to executive roles. Either that, or $4 million per annum doesn't seem to buy much these days....

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Feb 26Liked by Nick Rockel

I am most concerned that he is not as weak, inept and stupid as he presents (although I could be wrong!), and that he is standing back and allowing ACT and NZFirst to take the flak for policies he very much supports, while he stands around looking vacuous. I'm sure he is getting intense coaching as he warms up to being 'prime ministerial'...talking tough but still looking like a thumb!

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I try not to think about him or the rest of these clowns.

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Hopeless CEO of Air New Zealand and a hopeless prime minister leading N Z into a very regressive place.

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I think Mr Luxon is a poor choice for Prime Minister. I believe he has scant knowledge of the wants and needs of most New Zealanders. I am shocked that he consistently encourages negative attitudes towards people who for one reason or another do not have paid work. I think it is facile for him to suggest that getting folk of benefit will heal all this country's woes. I am worried that the extreme demands of Act and NZFirst ( eg charter schools, mining, building regulations, boot camps, gang insignia, more available tobacco, school meals) are going to be hard to reverse. Every day another worthwhile control on greed is dismantled.

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He's not exceptional and that's why he's PM. He's a cookie cutter replication of the National voting base and their values. Power at any cost. Advance your own self interests at the expense of others. Never state outright lies, but obfuscate the truth to suit your agenda. Ignore and diminish data that doesn't align with your belief system and perpetuate the social divide through entitlement. He is a sign of the times, where shallow is in and substance is out. He's not a puppet, he's just doing the job the National Party wanted him to do, which was to get them into government. The incompetence of the caucus if obvious, but it's too late now. The rot has started to take hold, but we can be vigilant in cutting it out when we see it. They cannot be allowed to destroy what has taken so long to build

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The Pusher and Puppet.

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Luxon is an inept, ego-driven fraud with a bunch of fanatical loonies bound together in what is laughingly called a coalition! These clowns lack humanity, integrity and intelligence and every time one of them opens their mouths lies and deceit issue forth / despicable!

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Does anyone have National, ACT or NZ First friends or acquaintances who are happily expressing their views about this government’s actions?

I’d really like to know what they’re saying as it’s too easy to fall into disbelief, gloom & then despair with my Labour/Greens/Te Pati Māori friends

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He always wanted to be PM, since a young child, because that is the most powerful position you can hold in NZ. He's not there for any philosophical or other reason - he's there so he can put PM on his CV. and the profile and opportunities that can give him. I'd be surprised if he was a deep thinker and this is why he has to repeatedly use the same phrases over and over again - fed to him by the strategists and advisers sitting behind him. I've also wondered whether his pentecostal christianity is genuine or also a strategy to associate with other Conservatives who could also provide the introductions to the conservative right. I know I sound highly cyncial however, I cannot reconcile how you can have a strong faith and then hide it from the public - wouldn't that pervade all you do? BTW, are Topham Guerin still advising him or was that just the election - if not, he's still using their techniques (he must be dream client for them, and very easy to train to stay on message)

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Luxton is a Business Manager, good management techniques with his KPI's etc, although he says he listens to various people in the community he does not HEAR what they say. Therefore has no understanding of their lives which are so different from his & his inner circle of MP's. Of course they are not going to listen to the Opposition MP's who demonstrated they did. The policies that were & are being reversed in such a rush are disastrous for the people he has no understanding of. The powerful speech by Arien Rurawhe in the Address & Reply Debate on 9th December 2023 should be daily viewing for the Govt. caucus !

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I heard Luxon on RNZ this morning talking about destroying the Maori Health Authority. He sounded clear, decisive and onto it. He has had intensive media training. Do not underestimate this man.

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Hi.

My first thought was, it is great to see creative people getting more political. I'm a firm believer that the arts need not be apolitical. I feel that the voices of political / socially motivated songwriters, musicians, filmmakers, etc. have been missing in the world in recent times.

My second thought was, my my, he does look like Robert Muldoon...

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I think the only reason he wants to be PM is so that he can be a Sir.

It's typical of people like him that they have a career plan, one step at a time, that gets them to where they want to be.

He would have seen John Key and thought "That could be me" without any self-awareness of his own limitations.

I am just helping a school student with an NCEA L2 Legal Studies module "Explain systems for the formation of central government, and their consequences in a NZ context"!!!!

I was never a fan of Key or the National Party but it's interesting reading the learning material to look back at how National/Key/English built a coalition with all those minor parties, including TPM.

And I remember Key had this knack of wondering about apparently saying off the cuff things, to test the water to see how they landed.

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Feb 26·edited Feb 26

Luxon is like the missionary trying to save people from their sinful bottom feeding ways, while not quite realising the level of power and influence held by the corporate world who are busy disempowering everyone. Blind to the sinfulness of free market fundamentalism because he always wanted to be one of them. And, omg, i cant believe i havent heard of Darren Watson before now. brilliant.

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In the corporate world he was the epitome of Managers who climb over anyone to get to the top. They know nothing and rely on others to hand them information that they then parrot , mangle, and disregard to pick out the pieces in order to keep serving those that feed them. They make bullshit bingo speeches using the carrot and the stick (mainly the stick) to keep people frightened for their jobs. Now his handlers have moved him into a role of frightening people about their lives, and cares not one iota because he's seen it all done before and no-one died (anyone important anyway). He wears his privilege in his smug smile and blank eyes. The only thing he cares about is his knighthood and power. When will we see him and his minions sacked for conflict of interest? His Portfolio for National security and Intelligence is ironic considering they encompass climate change, and implications of disinformation to name just two of the many areas that it focuses on. Can't wait for tomorrow to read more about this con artist.

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I have talked to him and came away feeling like he wasn't very intelligent, at least not in the way you want or expect of a Prime Minister. He wasn't able to string a coherent sentence together in response to a question from my 12-year-old and fumbled along with filler and nothingness. The nicest thing I can say about him is he isn't robotic, but we don't want a scarecrow in charge either.

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Well, after the election I was prepared to give Bald Eagle One a chance to prove himself. And I still am. I was prepared to give JA plenty of time and it is only fair to give him the same time.

But, unlike JA, BEO is heavily constrained by his fantasist NZ First allies, and his stuck in the '80s ACT allies.

Right now though, it's looking like we have a third division Jim Bolger in the top job, and a second division Ruth Richardson in the Finance job. We can only hope they learn quickly and the damage they do in the process is minimal.

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He is not a politician. He has come to this position as a bucket list wish. An obscenely rich man, with ultra religious leanings and a sense of self entitlement that seems to be the hall mark of many rich white males. He is not able to debate, doesn't cope well with challenges and so seems to avoid conflict scenarios. Peters and Seymour are the two tails of a wagging dog that currently appear to be writing the narrative. All Luxons policy initiatives so far have been to dismantle saftey nets constructed by the last government to help the less advantaged and others are populist dog whistle policies that catch the ears of the ignorant of society and pander to their prejudices whilst offering impossible outcomes; new curriculum in 2 weeks, banning patch wearing, cell phones in schools, addressing beneficiary fraud (!!!!!). In short Luxon is an empty vessel making lots of loud noises about getting things done, whilst actually doing nothing constructive at all.

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Glad he wasn't in power over COVID. I hate to think of the outcome.....

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Luxury got 'into bed" with Larry and Mo....say no more!

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A little AI summary of the comments so far:

Christopher Luxon is criticized for his weak leadership, lack of substance in his statements, and adoption of far-right policies from Act and NZ First. He is seen as a puppet for John Key and accused of making deals with various industries. Luxon is described as a despicable person and is believed to be advancing a far-right political agenda. Critics question his ability to lead and his alignment with powerful interests. Some suggest he is either a "useful idiot" or a cunning operator manipulating the political landscape. Luxon's government is seen as being in "payback to donors mode" and lacking consistent leadership.

As a person, Luxon is viewed as arrogant, lacking empathy, a puppet of Atlas, and focused on self-promotion and corporate interests. He is seen as weak, visionless, and easily manipulated by others. Many believe he is insincere, shallow, and driven by money and power rather than genuine care for the people. Luxon's behavior and policies have raised concerns about his leadership abilities and priorities.

He is seen as dodgy and untrustworthy, with a superpower for lying and a lack of empathy. His behavior shows arrogance and a focus on commercial interests rather than the well-being of the country.

Luxon's behavior does not align with being a true Christian. Luxon's actions and statements have led to doubts about the sincerity of his faith.

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There’s so much one could say about New Zealand’s Prime Minister, someone whose judgement and moral compass is about as reliable as a political weathervane in a hurricane. Let’s start with his flimsy argument about the country’s “fragile” economy.

Bernard Hickey’s recent interview with S&P Global's Anthony Walker (Feb. 24, https://thespinoff.co.nz/podcasts/when-the-facts-change) sheds some light on Luxon’s dark narrative about the state of the books. Lying about our finances to justify bashing beneficiaries is pretty low.

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Does Luxon play Tambourine on the new track. Lyin Luxon and the tobacco goons? Standing back following other musicians, clapping when others clap... This fool will always see the world only through a commercial lense.

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He lies, over and over and then doubles down on his lies with more lies. His superpower is lying, interspersed with corporate gobbledygook. When he is not looking completely out of his depth, akin to a possum in the headlights, he is looking smug and behaving with an arrogance befitting of a rich, white, middle-aged born again Christian. To me, his behaviour shows a complete lack of empathy. Why would a man like him take the huge pay cut he has, if not to give back to his corporate supporters...he is as dodgy as f***, and I do not trust him or his party to care for our future

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The responses here are all real gems. I am going to unashamedly use a quote I fully subscribe to Emily Writes who like Nick has a blog on this platform and is also rather brilliant.

"Luxon has the leadership skills of a half-sucked Air New Zealand lolly"

Ahahaha that's so good. She also used "charisma vacuum" in a description of our (choke) leader.

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He's the monkey

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