Vernon Small seems to be able to see things that the rest of us can’t.
A few Woman’s Day covers may improve name recognition for a poll, but they’re setting the poor little girl up for a big big fall.
Wait until the next preferred PM poll. Rating her as the fourth most preferred leader of this country, as a political journalist, should be a sacking offence.
Do we still have to be debating the appropriateness of male media mouths calling senior politicians – or anyone else for that matter – “a pretty little thing”?
That was Graham Lowe’s “acute” summary of Labour front bencher Jacinda Ardern on Wednesday morning – though he did also note she was “smart”, presented the right image, and would in fact “look good” as a future prime minister.
Nothing wrong with saying she looked good – it is something anyone might say about any politician. But “pretty little thing”? Please.
Lest we forget, in a new poll Ardern is running fourth as preferred prime minister.
That rates her as voters’ choice behind three of the country’s most experienced and able political operators; Prime Minister John Key, her leader Andrew Little and the veteran Winston Peters.
She is also a front-runner to replace Annette King if, as scheduled, Labour elects a new deputy later this year.
That makes her much more than a “pretty little thing” – it makes her a political heavy weight, and throws her into contention as a future prime minister.