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Andrea Vance’s scathing attack on Ardern and the government’s ‘iron grip’ on the flow of information – #1 – ridicules Ardern’s ‘most open and transparent’ pledge

07/06/2021

Andrea Vance has had enough, she blazes away at the regime in this article.

From the moment she took office in 2017, Jacinda Ardern promised her government would be the most open and transparent New Zealand has seen.

In her first formal speech to Parliament she pledged: “This government will foster a more open and democratic society. It will strengthen transparency around official information.”

Since then the numbers of faceless communications specialists have skyrocketed. The Government’s iron grip on the control of information has tightened.

Vance is clearly on the attack in this article. Clearly she seems to have had enough.

There is no mistaking that this is an assault. There is no soft pedalling. The article opens with the broadside above, but that was only the opening salvo, as we shall see in subsequent posts.

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