God loves a trier, and so does Helen. But I repeat myself

John Key and Helen Clark

John Key and Helen Clark

If Helen Clark is to become the next United Nations Secretary-General, it’s the Russians she needs most to convince she’s right for the job.

In Vientiane, Laos, on Thursday Prime Minister John Key will again advocate on her behalf when he meets his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev.

Russia has already said it wants the next UN head to be from Eastern Europe, following rotation.

But Mr Key hopes Miss Clark will be considered as a compromise candidate if the permanent five members – the United States, United Kingdom, China, France and Russia – cannot settle on one person.

He told reporters in Laos on Wednesday it could be “game on” if the Eastern European candidates dropped out.

Miss Clark was ranked seventh in the latest straw poll last month.

With Russia being one of the countries with veto powers, this is actually a meeting that can influence the outcome.

Win or lose, Clark won’t be able to fault John Key’s attempts to keep her from being out of a job and coming home to New Zealand.


– Yahoo! News

  • biscuit barrel

    “I though she was his sister”, as Biden so cleverly put it

    • Second time around

      I thought at the time that it meant that Key was annoying Biden by pushing her cause too hard.

  • Duchess of Pork

    Why are people assuming Helen Clark will come back to New Zealand when she fails to become UN head honcho? She has launched herself on the world stage with every intention of staying there. She sees herself as THE leading role model for the emerging female elite. There are some plumb EU jobs she can snaffle before most countries exit. Or Soros will line her up with a cushy number. She will only return to our shores on her yearly holiday.

    • Jon Low

      Sinecures, not jobs.

      • Duchess of Pork

        Perfect, yes very definitely sinecures.

    • kayaker

      I agree with you Duchess. It’s a big wide wild world out there – plenty of opportunity out there. Why would she come back to NZ? Knowing Helen, she’ll have a back-up plan (which won’t include coming back to NZ). She had her back-up plan in place when she stepped down after losing the election (which she knew she was going to lose).

  • cows4me

    Riverlands are looking for workers on the bobby calf chain, I could put a word in.

  • Miss McGerkinshaw

    I think (hope?) she would see coming back to NZ as a backward step and hence admission of failure and I can’t see her doing that.

  • Wheninrome

    Regardless it will be John Keys fault. Those lefties who want the messiah home to oust little, or if she doesn’t get the job, well it was always going to be John Keys fault, the conspiracy theorists, what did he say to the Russian so she didn’t get the job.