Helen Clark does so like to re-visit and re-edit her history, aided and abetted by an unquestioning and ill-informed media.
She has recently given a nice soft cosy interview to Channel Nine in Australia where this claim was made:
Having led the Labour Party without barely a whisper of a coup for six years in opposition and then nine years as Prime Minister, human resources at the UN could hardly argue that credential.
Is that what she told the hapless Channel Nine reporter? I don’t see where he’d have got it from otherwise… he wouldn’t have the background knowledge of NZ politics.
And then Fairfax repeat it unquestioningly… probably because there isn’t anyone there who’s older than 12.
I’m sure readers don’t really need reminding, but if you do:
Fifteen years ago, Helen Clark stared down a party coup mounted by her eventual successor, Phil Goff. But her victory came at a huge price for Labour.Â Phil Quin, one of the plotters, offers an insider’s account.
About six weeks before Helen Clark finally cemented her grip on NZ Labour – one which she maintains to this day, even in absentia – I had finally convinced Phil Goff to topple her.
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