Speaker Trevor Mallard has hit out at expat journalist Dan Wootton after the outspoken columnist took aim at New Zealand’s Covid response and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s leadership.
Wootton had used his regular column in Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper to take an extended swipe at his country of birth.
In the column headlined “My cowed fellow Kiwis will call me a traitor but Prime Minister Ardern’s crazy Covid-zero policy – when the rest of the world is learning to live with it – is cruel, deluded and doomed to failure”, Wootton called the latest red-level announcement a “myopic response” and claims New Zealanders are being “brainwashed”.NZ Herald
What I can tell you is it’s morally wrong and one million New Zealanders overseas will never forget that the Labour Party under Jacinda Ardern literally locked us out of our own country.— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) January 24, 2022
I can’t believe I’m even saying that. It’s shameful. https://t.co/XfwfYpeG2L
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