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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.

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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

Early reaction to Simon Bridges discussion document

By Political
  • This graph represents a network of 1,239 Twitter users whose recent tweets contained “simonjbridges”, or who were replied to or mentioned in those tweets.  The network was obtained from Twitter 18-26 August 2019 at 05:05 UTC

1,239 people were tweeting

4820 converations took place

  • 114 tweets
  • 968 retweets
  • 4616 mentions

2335 people replied to tweets in the simonjbridges network

Most frequent words in network

simonjbridges2759
nznationalparty577
national395
simon342
up244
s242
new239
government230
petrol225
taxes204
being192

10 Top hashtags

nzpol65
parttimepm18
nointegritysimon18
ihumātao12
auspol8
conmankeys7
newzealand7
media6
news5
politics5

Top word pairs in network

simonjbridges,nznationalparty253
nznationalparty,simonjbridges172
new,zealanders108
being,fleeced99
fleeced,petrol99
petrol,pump99
jacinda,ardern’s97
zealanders,being97
biggest,fleecer97
taxes,piled97

Most popular tweets in network

Spot the difference. https://t.co/kQSIlnKKxJ ♥ 349  RT 57 

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New Zealanders are being fleeced at the petrol pump. The reality is that the biggest fleecer is Jacinda Ardern’s Government with all the taxes it’s piled on. 304 RT 100

Popularity of tweets from Simonjbridges

DateTweetRT
20/08/2019New Zealanders are being fleeced at the petrol pump. The reality is that the biggest fleecer is Jacinda Ardern’s Government with all the taxes it’s piled on. https://t.co/g3MAPS5TKi304100
24/08/2019The Prime Minister spoke in riddles this week about Ihumātao, saying she speaks directly to herself. It’s time to speak directly to the protesters by telling them there will be no sweetheart deals, so it’s time to go home and let some houses be built.18339
19/08/2019Talk of law changes for prison letters by the PM today are simply excuses to deflect from Kelvin Davis & Corrections being asleep at the wheel. The law doesn’t need to change. Kelvin & Corrections just need to wake up & do their job properly.14926
23/08/2019😆 https://t.co/dnBtjm7Jmk13915
25/08/2019I’ve just launched our Economic Discussion Document. We’re doing the work now in Opposition so we’re ready to hit the ground running in 2020.6322
25/08/2019We’ll repeal 100 regulations in our first six months of office and eliminate two old regulations for every new one we introduce in our first term.447
21/08/2019Speaking at the @Infra_NZ Building Nations Symposium today. My Government will invest in the infrastructure to get New Zealand moving.425
25/08/2019We’ll make sure there is quality cost-benefit analysis for any major new regulation, ensuring the Treasury has a greater focus on providing sound advice on the effectiveness of Government spending, identifying wasteful spending and driving higher public sector productivity.356
25/08/2019We’ll establish a ‘Small Business Payments Guarantee’ to make sure more small businesses get paid on time.143
25/08/2019We’ll require all government departments and government agencies to pay their contractors on time and within 30 days.103
21/08/2019Phil Twyford tells Infrastructure NZ conference: “Decision by Cabinet early in the new year” on light rail. This is the project the PM promised would be finished (to Mt Roskill) by 2021! There’s no chance you’ll be running down Dom Rd in your undies @simonjbridges09
20/08/2019Spot the difference. https://t.co/kQSIlnKKxJ057
21/08/2019The Government could reduce petrol prices tomorrow if they really wanted to. But they’re raising taxes instead. National will get rid of the Regional Fuel Tax, saving you 11.5 cents a litre.031
22/08/2019Pretty clear who’s making the most sense on Ihumātao. And it’s not the Prime Minister.059
22/08/2019Labour cancelling vital transport projects to muck around with a slow tram in Auckland has left the sector with nothing to work on, pushing NZ closer to an infrastructure crisis. If work doesn’t start soon on major projects, we’ll lose our construction workforce to Australia.029
22/08/2019Petrol prices… https://t.co/WLLry405Uo031
23/08/2019Will the Government rule out more fuel taxes? https://t.co/jmai4STpna027
25/08/2019The Government has been working behind closed doors on a law change to ban petrol and diesel vehicles. Seems like their only policies are taxes or bans. You can’t trust this Government.059
26/08/2019New Zealand’s economy is driven by hardworking small business owners. Every Government should do what it can to reduce costs and uncertainty so that our small businesses have the confidence to take risks, invest, hire new staff and lift wages.011