The Huddle: Why is the 'Sheldon Cooper of NZ politics' doing so well?

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 8 Jul 2021, 7:00PM
ACT Party leader David Seymour. (Photo / NZ Herald)
ACT Party leader David Seymour. (Photo / NZ Herald)

The Huddle: Why is the 'Sheldon Cooper of NZ politics' doing so well?

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 8 Jul 2021, 7:00PM

David Seymour has edged ahead of Judith Collins in the preferred Prime Minister ranking.

A UMR poll shows the Act leader sitting at 12 per cent, overtaking Collins on 10.

It's the first time Seymour topped the National leader in this poll.

Jacinda Ardern's still dominating, at 55 per cent.

Her Labour Party's up two percentage points, to 48.

That's well ahead of National, which is down 3 points to just 24 - Act are on 11 and Greens, 8.

Meanwhile, the Workplace Minister's defending pushing ahead on fair pay agreements - saying it's a clear commitment.

It's been revealed officials recommended canning FPAs altogether - and instead strengthening existing systems.

In a briefing to Minister Michael Wood from November - they noted a number of 'significant risks' in the proposed mechanism.

Wood says it's perfectly normal to not agree with advice from departments.

He says they listen to advice - but ultimately this is a democracy and the Government makes decisions about policies.

Listen above as Hayden Munro and Neil Miller discuss the day's news - and why David Seymour is the 'Sheldon Cooper of New Zealand politics' - on The Huddle with Heather du Plessis-Allan