It seems she’s going to go fight The Man. Do a bit of leftie Trumping even.
Helen Clark tweeted  “La lucha continua” – or “the struggle continues”. It’s her way of saying that, although the latest UN general secretary polling might have gone against her once again, she’s staying in the race to fight on.
Clark’s choice of political phrasing is interesting. The phrase “La lucha continua” was popularised by Che Guevara and is normally used as an anti-Establishment rallying slogan. It’s well-used by leftist activists in the developing world, particularly in an anti-imperialist context. So is her choice of words a throwaway use of political language or a sign that Clark’s UN campaign is shifting leftwards?
It won’t have been an accident. It is meant to be a flag that is noticed. But will it make a difference?
Helen Clark has long been accused of being an Establishment politician. Her time in New Zealand politics and government was more characterised by moderate centrism and managerial leadership than by any sense of revolutionary activism. Indeed, her only strong record of turning things upside down was when as a younger Cabinet minister she went along with Roger Douglas in his neoliberal reforms.
But we’re seeing a more radical Helen Clark at the moment – or at least one presenting herself as such. Even early in the campaign, Clark was keen to distance herself from her more mainstream background. When questioned in New York about her being the “establishment candidate” for secretary-general, she responded like this: “I have never been an establishment candidate for anything…. I have come from the outside of everything I have done from a rural background to urban settings; as a woman breaking into a man’s world which was politics in my country; as a woman becoming the first elected prime minister” […]
Clark is searching for a way forward in her UN campaign, and it might be that her best chance is to gain the backing of developing and non-Western countries. This could help her become the “compromise candidate” who ends up winning if the current front-runners are vetoed by countries from the Permanent Five on the Security Council. At the moment Clark is seen more as a Western candidate, with relatively good relations with the Western capitals. Therefore she may need to now position herself as a more anti-Establishment outsider in order to stay in the race.
New Zealand will be better off is she manages to land that job at the UN. The last thing we want is that stroppy woman with time on her hands back here sorting the Labour party out.
But it is not looking good. Helen is essentially counting on the gold, silver and bronze medal winners all testing positive for doping. Like Bernie Sanders, twice removed.
– NZ Herald