Scott Morrison has been criticized online for not publicly congratulating Jacinda Ardern on her landslide victory in the New Zealand election.
As statements of support poured in from politicians around the world, celebrities and even the Dalai Lama, social media users were quick to point out that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had not made his good wishes publicly.
But Ms Ardern on Sunday disproved all rumors of bad blood between the pair, revealing that he was “ off the bat ” to call her and congratulate her in person.
The 40-year-old mother-of-one said she received ‘some lovely messages’ from world leaders, including the Australian Prime Minister, ahead of the second Bledisloe Cup test at Eden Park on Sunday.
“Scott Morrison was very fast last night, but also reminded me of our bet on rugby today,” said Mrs. Ardern.
Mr Morrison’s office said he congratulated her personally as soon as her win was announced, saying the couple have a “ very strong personal working relationship. ”
Ms. Ardern led her Labor party to a landslide victory against her opposition in this weekend’s election, and may form majority parliament for the first time in 50 years
Pictured: Ms Ardern and Scott Morrison at a joint conference in February 2020, where they discussed Australia’s position on deportation
But critics condemned the prime minister for his apparent public ‘disapproval’ of the Kiwi leader, describing him as ‘guts’ for not posting a statement of support.
Ardern showed it. She is competent, compassionate and sensible, ‘one person wrote online.
Still no tweet from Scott Morrison to congratulate Jacinda Ardern? It seems a bit rude to wait so long, ‘added another.
Ms. Ardern led her Labor party to a landslide victory against her opposition in this weekend’s election, and may form a majority parliament for the first time in 50 years.
With more than 90 percent of the ballots, its center-left Labor party had won 49 percent of the vote, enough to secure 64 seats in parliament with 120 seats, the country’s first majority since 1996.
The center-right National Party had only 27 percent of the vote and 35 seats, a disastrous result for the main opposition party that suffered the second-worst figure in its 84-year history.
Politicians around the world, including British leader Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, were among the first to congratulate the prime minister.
Congratulations @jacindaardern for winning a second term as Prime Minister of New Zealand. From our work on tackling climate change to forging an exciting new trade partnership, the UK and NZ have great things to look forward to in the future, ”said Prime Minister and Conservative party leader Mr Johnson.
Social media users have condemned the Prime Minister for his apparent ‘dislike’ of the Kiwi leader, describing him as ‘ugly’ for not posting a public statement of support
Mr Trudeau said: ‘Congratulations @JacindaArdern. Whether it’s fighting climate change, empowering women and girls around the world, or ensuring fair distribution of vaccines, I look forward to continuing our partnership – and the friendship between Canada and New. Keep Zeeland strong. ‘
The Dalai Lama even congratulated Ms Ardern on her victory.
“I congratulate Jacinda Ardern on her party’s resounding victory in the New Zealand general election,” he said.
“I admire the courage, wisdom and leadership, as well as the tranquility, compassion and respect for others she has shown in these challenging times.”
A spokesman for Mr Morrison said the Prime Minister reached out to Ms Ardern last night and that both he and his wife congratulate her and partner Clarke and daughter Neve.
The Prime Minister reached out to Jacinda Ardern last night and he and Jen expressed their congratulations to Prime Minister Ardern, Clarke and Neve, who appreciated them.
The PMs are both looking forward to the Bledisloe today at Eden Park, where they have a carry-over bet from last week.
“The PMs have always had a very strong personal working relationship that will last.”
But Twitter is on fire with comments from disgruntled users who claim it is insulting that the leader of New Zealand’s nearest neighbor has yet to publicly congratulate her.
Has Scott Morrison sent our congratulations to Jacinda Ardern yet? Or is he still somewhere under a doona? Indeed, it seems to be unraveling pretty quickly ‘, wrote actor Mark Langham.
“Has Scott Morrison congratulated his colleague on her huge win yet?” Asked Lucy Downes.
“Did I miss Scott Morrison’s congratulatory tweet?” Said Cathy Thomson.
Politicians around the world, including British leader Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, were among the first to congratulate the Prime Minister
Ms Ardern and Mr Morrison have not always had the friendliest relationships earlier this year, and were heads up on Australia’s deportation policy earlier this year.
She previously admitted that the policy could be “ undermining ” the friendship between the two nations, after Morrison expressed his intention to deport New Zealand-born criminals.
Ms Ardern has insisted that many of the criminals have “almost no connection” to New Zealand.
“In friendships there will sometimes be problems that can be corrosive,” she told Newshub at the time.
“Deportation remains one of those problems.”
The duo has also had no eye to eye with climate change policy.
At the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu in 2019 – an independent island nation in the South Pacific – Ardern warned that Morrison’s government will have to “ answer the Pacific ” about global warming.
Her comments prompted conservative former radio host Alan Jones to encourage Morrison to “shove a sock down her throat.”
But the relationship between the two nations seems stronger than ever, evidenced by the COVID-19 bubble that started last Friday.
Voters awarded Ms Ardern for her successful handling of COVID-19 after the country eradicated the disease with only 1,883 cases and 25 deaths recorded
Former Labor Party leader Bill Shorten congratulated Ms Ardern on social media
New Zealanders have been welcomed to New South Wales and the Northern Territory without the need for quarantine – a clear message that Mr Morrison and the Australian Government are satisfied with the steps taken to prevent the virus from spreading across the country. ditch to stop.
Mrs. Ardern will not consider opening her borders to Australians until the entire nation can cope with 28 days in a row without even one instance of community transfer.
Voters awarded Ms Ardern for her successful handling of COVID-19 after the country eradicated the disease with only 1,883 cases and 25 deaths.
As the pandemic gathered momentum around the world, the Prime Minister opted for a draconian shutdown in March, sealing the country’s border to near-returning citizens while closing non-essential shops and bars.
Coupled with the clear geographic advantage of New Zealand – an island with a sparse population – the virus was not allowed to spread to the same extent as in other countries.
In a unifying victory speech at Auckland Town Hall, Ms. Ardern said: ‘Tonight’s result is strong and it is clear that Labor will lead the government for the next three years.
‘We better build back from the COVID crisis. This is our opportunity to tackle poverty and inequality. Let’s step forward together. ‘
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arrives at a cafe in Auckland the day after securing a landslide victory in New Zealand elections