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New Zealand’s PM caught calling rival politician a rude name

During a parliamentary debate, New Zealand’s prime Minister was caught calling an opponent politician an “arrogant pi***k”.

Labour’s Jacinda ardern made this comment after being asked a series questions by David Seymour, libertarian ACT leader.

A hot microphone picked up the vulgarity and it was entered into the official transcript.

Although the name-calling incident was broadcast on Parliament TV, most MPs missed it because Adrian Rurawhe, the house speaker, started speaking at the same moment.


According to Ms. Ardern’s office, she apologized to Mr. Seymour.

According to the transcript, Mr Seymour asked, “Can the prime minister provide an example of her making mistakes, apologizing for them properly and fixing them?”

Ms. Ardern responded: “There have been a number occasions when we have acknowledged that we won’t be able to provide perfect answers…

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“But I stand behind the work that our government has done over the last year and this past term-we have always made decisions that were in the best interest of New Zealand at that time.

“[ Prime Minister resumes seat] He is such an arrogant prick.”

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‘Very Out of Character’

After five years as prime minister, the 42-year old is now facing a difficult election campaign in 2023.

According to reports, Mr Seymour confirmed that he received an apology text message from Ms Ardern.

AP spoke to the MP who said he was shocked and astonished at the language used by the PM and called it “very outlandish”.

He said that Jacinda Ardern had texted him and said, “I apologise.” It’s not something that I should have said.

“And she said, “As my mother would say, If you don’t think of anything to say, then don’t say it.” It’s a sentiment I agree with, and it’s all fine for me.

Sky News reached out to Ms. Ardern’s office in order to get a comment.


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