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Was there anything constructive @simonjbridges to guide New Zealand in a challenging time?

Summary of network activity @simonjbridges

  • The network was obtained from Twitter on Friday, 24 April 2020, at 05:54 UTC.
  • Tweets, replies or mentions containing “simonjbridges” were collected from a  7-day, 16-hour, 38-minute period.  The represents:

Network Size

  • 5449 Tweeters sent tweets to 2,137 people

Interactions

2926 – Replies
5530 – Mentions
1938 – MentionsInRetweet
1090 – Retweet

The two most-liked tweets in the network sum up the differing perspectives in the network:

simonjbridgesNew Zealanders can be proud of the sacrifices they have made during this difficult time. This extension shows tracing, testing and PPE has not reached the Govt’s own standards and rhetoric. It must move fast to sort out these issues so we can get our country moving again.♥ 449
usertwentyfive@simonjbridges We have literally contained this better than anyone else in the world and here you are berating the government’s “rhetoric” whilst driving all the way from tga to Wellington to “feel” more professional. Cmon man, politics aside, grow up♥ 266

Most liked tweets @simonjbridges

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simonjbridges20-AprNew Zealanders can be proud of the sacrifices they have made during this difficult time. This extension shows tracing, testing and PPE has not reached the Govt’s own standards and rhetoric. It must move fast to sort out these issues so we can get our country moving again.44971
usertwentyfive20-Apr@simonjbridges We have literally contained this better than anyone else in the world and here you are berating the government’s “rhetoric” whilst driving all the way from tga to Wellington to “feel” more professional. Cmon man, politics aside, grow up2661
simonjbridges27-AprOur bottom line: You. https://t.co/ag0BY52Hzw26067
li_politico20-Apr@simonjbridges https://t.co/4Zh8gjjCDX20810
jazzthornton_21-Apr. @simonjbridges  Just a reminder that National were the party that cut mental health funding and put it at the bottom of the priority list. So please don’t use our countries serious vulnerability of “mental health” as a political standpoint as to why you should be in.17934
nznationalparty16-Apr“We need to test, test, test” – @simonjbridges on the need for wider COVID-19 testing. We need the best information so we can make the best decisions about our response. https://t.co/jIKi5Yz20q17734
anne_mariebrady20-AprCCP🇨🇳 government’s mishandling & lies over #COVID19 has devastated our economy, leading to debts which will require 25 years to repay, & caused deaths & illness among our people.   Time for Aotearoa-NZ🇳🇿 to speak up @jacindaardern  @winstonpeters @simonjbridges @GerryBrownleeMP https://t.co/x24zqPv7vf16368
mariasherwood220-Apr@simonjbridges Suggest you go and read the replies in your Facebook page. With your attitude National will be below 20% next week. You are losing voters hands over fist1593
nzsouthislander20-Apr@simonjbridges The idea you would tweet this during the press conference is hard to believe. Even you don’t pull this David Seymour crap… until now.

As the Chair, you really have no business in your role.

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  1. The dominant theme in the network, is coronavirus, more specifically the management of the pandemic in New Zealand. The most prominent hashtags in the network are those associated with coronavirus;
    • covid19, covid19nz (tweeted 109 times),
    • followed by the hashtag – simplesimon (tweeted 38 times).

Top 200 hashtags @simonjbridges

20 April

The network was most active on 20 April, the day that Simon Bridges’s FB post criticised Jacinda Ardern’s response to the pandemic, in particular the lack of ability around contact tracing and the economic impact of the lockdown. Simon Bridge’s tweet on the same day stated:

simonjbridges20-AprNew Zealanders can be proud of the sacrifices they have made during this difficult time. This extension shows tracing, testing and PPE has not reached the Govt’s own standards and rhetoric. It must move fast to sort out these issues so we can get our country moving again.♥ 449

This tweet lead to a dramatic rise in tweets in comparisons when compared to the preceding days.

Most liked tweets - 20 April

Sent 20 April 2020

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simonjbridgesNew Zealanders can be proud of the sacrifices they have made during this difficult time. This extension shows tracing, testing and PPE has not reached the Govt’s own standards and rhetoric. It must move fast to sort out these issues so we can get our country moving again.

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usertwentyfive@simonjbridges We have literally contained this better than anyone else in the world and here you are berating the government’s “rhetoric” whilst driving all the way from tga to Wellington to “feel” more professional. Cmon man, politics aside, grow up

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anne_mariebradyCCP🇨🇳 government’s mishandling & lies over #COVID19 has devastated our economy, leading to debts which will require 25 years to repay, & caused deaths & illness among our people.  Time for Aotearoa-NZ to speak up @jacindaardern  @winstonpeters @simonjbridges @GerryBrownleeMP

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@JamieBellNZ @simonjbridges How about this? New Zealanders can be proud of the sacrifices they have made during this difficult time. Effort needs to go into continuing to work on tracing, testing and PPE distribution. Surely not that hard?

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davidxvx@simonjbridges @SarahTrotmannz …or it shows that government don’t want to risk people travelling or socialising on the long weekend, but sure, play politics.

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Forty-two tweets compared Simon Bridges with Donald Trump

Top 5 ♥

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suzyiam15-AprA disturbing thought during a sleepless night. What if @simonjbridges had been in charge for last 6 wks, esp given his refusal to stay home & instead drive to Wellington when there was no need? Big business would’ve come 1st & people last.
He’d make Trump look like a pussy cat

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marywil0148519623-Apr@nz_erewego @simonjbridges Doesn’t surprise me Simon Bridges uses Trump’s false news tactics when he opens his mouth nearly all the time. Can’t trust him.

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cabar5418-Apr#HydroxyChloroquine. Let’s not let Trump derangement syndrome get in the way of making this accessible to NZ @jacindaardern @simonjbridges @winstonpeters @JulieAnneGenter https://t.co/NnHP9XOrhm

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nzlainey20-Apr@simonjbridges Sounds like a Trump tweet.

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ncikaroa22-Apr@analyst_king @NewshubPolitics @simonjbridges No,no,no.   He has performed rather poorly, making minimal impact as Chair of the committee. He seems to think that carping is opposing, which it is not – it is winging. And him paraphrasing Trump, possibly the worst, most disreputable man in the world, is just idiotic.7

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barbdargan21-Apr@MariaSherwood2 @FoxyLustyGrover @simonjbridges continues to use Trump’s language. Many hundreds (thousands, millions?) people have contacted him. Where’s the proof of this? Just makes him look even more pathetic. #NationalNotFitToGovern4

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Several tweets stated that 'bots' are being used to destablise Simon

  • A campaign is underway to destabilise @simonjbridges leadership before the next election. This type of online manipulation is done through the use political bots.
    Helpfully, the Herald has an article explaining just how this is done. #nzpol #facebook
  • I’d like to see @nzlabour and their militant activists be investigated for inciting violence. It was their use of bots, fake accounts, trolls and woke fanbase that led to the threats against @simonjbridges @nzpolice what say you?
  • @WoodgatesNZ @KiwiGal6 @jacindaardern @simonjbridges I’m for one sick of it. Cindy… we will have a nice polite campaign bla bla. Thousands of bots attack Simon.
    Papers write story’s using the fb comments of said bots.
  • @BrendoBeagle1 @TovaOBrien @NZNationalParty @simonjbridges As soon as the bots attacked SB account it was obvious the govt were in dire trouble over something very serious…..DHB …..rest homes…..PPE and the continuous lies that front line staff had what they needed…..heartbreaking deaths of rest home residents..ERC exposed failure
  • @chellew_grant @MariaSherwood2 @simonjbridges Maria thinks that bots on social media are actually real?
  • @democracymum @simonjbridges Dont be a partisan hack, suggesting the backlash Bridges faced is because of bots is Russiagate-esque. The general consensus suggests NZ is pleased with JA’s c19 response, the level of admonishment to Bridges in response to his comments is corroborated by numbers supporting JA
  • @letstalkbscs Well done @NZNationalParty and @simonjbridges you must be doing a great job for MSM to drag this up again ……MSM have lost credibility when they base their opinion pieces on bots on FB 🤣🤣
  • @RobertA21324401 @simonjbridges @NZNationalParty Ok Russian bot.
  • @SandyBeachesAkl @chellew_grant @MariaSherwood2 @simonjbridges Wait till she searches the covid wage subsidy website and finds the name of the company paying us part-time bots.
  • @the_scarfie @aucklandmuseum @simonjbridges So you support paid bots? Interesting!
  • @TonyStuart55 @LisaIsaacs15 @Titania_Blossom @simonjbridges Where are all the facebook bots now.
  • @TovaOBrien thinks she speaks on behalf of @NZNationalParty 🤣🤣🤣🤣 she also speaks on behalf of bots and duplicate accounts on FB🤣🤣🤣 Well done @simonjbridges for holding this govt to account ….I am shocked at the shambles of DHBs in NZ after PM assured the opposite?

Fifty-two tweets mentioned the economy. Tweets ranged from focusing on the economic problems caused by the actions of Jacinda Ardern, through to the economic reality of the pandemic for all countries.

Top 5 ♥ that mention ‘economy’

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anne_mariebradyCCP🇨🇳 government’s mishandling & lies over #COVID19 has devastated our economy, leading to debts which will require 25 years to repay, & caused deaths & illness among our people.
Time for Aotearoa-NZ🇳🇿 to speak up @jacindaardern  @winstonpeters @simonjbridges @GerryBrownleeMP https://t.co/x24zqPv7vf
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powderpuffplay@RobertA21324401 @simonjbridges @NZNationalParty ive got bad news for you tourism died when this thing started and every country closed its borders600
equilibrationnz@simonjbridges NZers will look back and realise they have bankrupted their economy and devastated the mental health of large sections of the population… all for an exaggerated ‘flu’ story. Waking up to the truth will be painful but will need to happen to save our freedoms.2311
cherie59789095@RobertA21324401 @simonjbridges @NZNationalParty Compared to nearly every other country in the world we are poised to support the economy, whingers included, to rebuild. Because we have this great result, to date, we will do so quicker than many other economies.  How great is that.  We R so lucky compared to many countries.161

Several tweets proposed that the national party should take responsibility for its failure in maintaining a health system that was responsive enough to meet the challenges in managing a pandemic. A tweet that expressed this clearly:

  • Sender @drjinrussell
    • It was Shipley who dismantled the Public Health Commission in 1995, then Coleman abolished its weakened successor-National Health Committee in 2016. David Skeggs’s The Health of the People (2019 @BWB_NZ) details this. We didn’t get here overnight, can’t fix it overnight.

Tweets were unanimous on the negative effect of coronavirus on the economy, but none offered a way forward other than to end the lockdown. Disappointing.

Network work influencers

The network has a high proportion of replies. The bulk of the replies were stimulated by the most active tweeters in the network.

Table 1 Top Tweeters

Table 2 Popularity

Graph of responses to Top tweeters and most Popular twitter users

Most liked tweets of network influencers

Senders most liked tweet and  most liked reply
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@sandybeachakl
@TovaOBrien thinks she speaks on behalf of @NZNationalParty 🤣🤣🤣🤣 she also speaks on behalf of bots and duplicate accounts on FB🤣🤣🤣 Well done @simonjbridges for holding this govt to account ….I am shocked at the shambles of DHBs in NZ after PM assured the opposite?162
  • Most liked reply
  • @SandyBeachesAkl @NewshubPolitics @jacindaardern @simonjbridges My exact feelings – the massive groundswell of attacks against Bridges from the Arden supporting MSM and left troll armies clearly points to something we are not aware off. Is there a poll that’s been held back?  People getting jittery with the lock down?
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@northpolitics
@simonjbridges Do not forget @simonjbridges what the fuck did @NZNationalParty do for 9 years to prepare us for this. #SimpleSimon #nzpol80
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@robertA2132244
@simonjbridges @NZNationalParty They are destroying the economy completely. Hospitality and tourism will be totaled by the end of May.344
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  • @RobertA21324401 @simonjbridges @NZNationalParty i draw you attention to pretty much EVERY OTHER COUNTRY
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@geoffsnzviews

There is a clear smell of desperation in the rather bizarre hit job the NZ media are doing on @simonjbridges What he said was fundamentally correct. Arderns clownshow made an utter pigs ear of the virus response. #COVID19nz will be #ArdernsWaterloo. #nzpol https://t.co/a5MZvD1AnH12124
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  • @GeoffsNZViews @simonjbridges We were seeing pictures of highly geared up medics China for a month or more before they imported the 1st case to NZ. Bridges was warning them to prepare, but Ardern knew best. If anyone dies through lack of PPE it’s on her. #COVID19nz
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@Simonjbridges

New Zealanders can be proud of the sacrifices they have made during this difficult time. This extension shows tracing, testing and PPE has not reached the Govt’s own standards and rhetoric. It must move fast to sort out these issues so we can get our country moving again.44971
  • Most liked reply
  • @simonjbridges We have literally contained this better than anyone else in the world and here you are berating the government’s “rhetoric” whilst driving all the way from tga to Wellington to “feel” more professional. Cmon man, politics aside, grow up
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Locations of tweet

Was Davos2020 successful?

By Environmental, International

DAVOS – The focus: Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World

7 themes: ♦ Society and the Future of work  ♦ Tech for Good ♦ Beyond Geopolitics ♦ Healthy Futures ♦ Better Business  ♦ Fair Economics  ♦ How to save the planet

829 public speakers  223 webcast sessions  approximately 3,000 attendees (business and political leaders)

DAVOS – The feedback: twitter network #DAVOS2020 comprised

16,834 tweeters 34,783 tweets, including: 840 Replies to  6330 Retwees 1944 Tweets  5741 Mentions  3,751 unique hastags (56,128 in total)

The Insights: The top liked and retweeted tweets in the #DAVOS2020 network.

 Donald Trump  and GOP – climate change deniers

retweets
  • From @scavino45  A great day for the United States of America at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland! “AMERICA is thriving. AMERICA is flourishing – and yes, AMERICA is WINNING again!” @POTUS @realDonaldTrump

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  • From @varneyco STU: “This trial is entirely political. I hope there are consequences to this #impeachment charade, and those consequences will be imposed at the ballot box.” #Davos2020 #2020Election #MyTake #VarneyCo

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  • From @GOP “For the first time in decades, we are no longer simply concentrating wealth in the hands of a few.  We’re concentrating and creating the most inclusive economy ever to exist.  We are lifting up Americans of every race, color, religion, and creed.” -@realDonaldTrump

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 GretaThunberg – climate change advocate

retweets
  • From @cbsnews Greta Thunberg breaks from panel question to read data on climate change: “I know you don’t want to talk about this. But I assure you, I will continue to repeat these numbers until you do.”

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  • From @syngenta #ClimateChange is impacting #Farming around the 🗺️world: 🇺🇸 Worst torrential floods 🇫🇷 Highest temperatures ever measured  🇦🇺 Worst drought on record https://t.co/v9bUtbZeyd #WEF20 #FarmersAndClimate #wef2020 #davos2020 #davos

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  • From @ash_stewart_ This is massive news for Dubai: we’re getting in on this #GlobalGoalLive aka ‘Live Aid’ mega event — featuring @lizzo @MileyCyrus @coldplay @weareoneEXO @aliciakeys @billieeilish and SO many more
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The outcomes: Did Davos2020 make progress?

The tweets illustrate the dichotomy within the “sustainability climateaction” space – no problem versus urgent action.

Although cbsnews’ tweet about Gretathunberg’s presentation was the most liked and retweeted in the network – the influence of @realdonaldtrump and @POTUS amplified by @scavino45 and @varneyco (foxnews presenter) showed that many tweeters support the policies of the @realdonaldtrump @POTUS.

The hope: Davos took place against the backdrop of environmental disasters such as fires and drought in Australia, floods in Indonesia and extreme threats to the planets biodiversity and ecosystems across the planet.

Does the #Davos2020 network show a glimmer of hope?

A tweet to @GretaThunberg succinctly stated the enormous challenge:

Did you know? 1. Global crop failures hit at 1.5- 2°C.  2. Billions die at 3°C. 3. Most humans dead at 4°C. 4. Earth uninhabitable at 6°C. 

  • We’re heading for 1.5°C by 2025.
  • We’re heading for 2°C by 2035.
  • We’re heading for 4- 6°C by 2075.  Business as usual #Davos2020 ??  200 retweeted by 53

2 weeks on from Davos – prehaps the voice of those championing climateaction at Davos2020 is being heard #climatechange #sustainability #equality #genderequity #futureofwork, but is that progress?

The reality

Climate action requires global action, cooperation, agreement to goals and commitment to the Paris Agreement. If assisting governments and institutions in the tracking progress towards the Paris Agreement was a important objective of DAVOS – it was barely mentioned by the 16,834 tweeters.

Only 0.002% of tweets at #Davos2020 mentioned anything relating to the Paris Agreement- the planet’s only global forum with the potential to significantly reduce CO2 emissions.

Tweets relating to the Paris Agreement

From @assaadrazzouk

Top 10 Davos Banks Pumping Billions to Accelerate #ClimateEmergency ($bn since Paris agreement signed):

1 JP Morgan $196
2 Citi $130
3 BofA $107
4 RBC $101
5 Barclays $85
6 MUFG $80
7 TD Bank $74
8 Scotiabank $70
9 Mizuho $68
10 Morgan Stanley $67 #Davos2020 60 retweet 65

 

From @dw_deutsch 

  • Bundeskanzlerin #Merkel hat auf dem Weltwirtschaftsforum #Davos2020 einen stärkeren Klimaschutz angemahnt. . Die Frage, ob die Ziele des Pariser Klimaschutzabkommens erreicht werden, könne eine Frage des Überlebens werden. https://t.co/lBRdXt2feG 9 retweeted 9
    • Chancellor #Merkel urged greater climate protection at the World Economic Forum # Davos2020. , The question of whether the goals of the Paris climate protection agreement can be achieved could become a question of survival.
  • Sollte das Pariser Klimaabkommen scheitern, sei das eine “existenzielle Bedrohung”, sagte Bundeskanzlerin Angela 18 retweeted 13
    • Should the Paris climate agreement fail, it would be an “existential threat,” said Chancellor Angela #Merkel at the World Economic Forum

From @comsats_en

#Global initiative (@1t_org) for the conservation of 1⃣ #trilliontrees🌳 launched at #WEF2020. 👉https://t.co/92sto1AB2Q @Benioff @salesforce @wef #WEF20 #ClimateAction #SDG13 #biodiversity #reforestation #ClimateChange #ParisAgreement @ClimateChangePK @WWF #Davos #Davos2020 2 retweeted 1