Socialist Cindy trying to sell us a bridge

The serious politician?

The serious politician?

Jacinda Ardern reckons she is the first politician in living memory who doesn’t want to be the Prime Minister.

Labour’s rising star Jacinda Ardern says she is too “selfish” to want to lead the Labour Party – she’d rather have a private life.

In an interview announcing her new role as a Sunday Star-Times columnist, Ardern says people are wasting their time speculating about her as a future leader … she doesn’t want the job.

The latest 3 News-Reid Research Poll has Ardern at 4.2 per cent in the preferred prime minister stakes, fourth behind John Key (38,3 per cent), Andrew Little (10.4 per cent), and Winston Peters (9.3 per cent).

Ardern’s rise is as rare as it is meteoric for a lower-ranked MP. But it was not enough to secure the deputy leadership – Ardern was recently passed over by leader Andrew Little in favour of parliamentary veteran Annette King.

She is, however, expected to get a big boost when Andrew Little announces his front bench reshuffle on Monday.   

Ardern said she never sought the deputy leadership and it was never offered by Little. She also ruled out seeking the top job.

“I don’t want to be prime minister … yes, I have aspirations, but my singular focus is the opportunity to be the minister for children. I’ve spent a lot of years around child welfare and I want the chance to do something about it. But I don’t have to be in charge to deliver on that.”

A big part of the reason for her not wanting the job though was “a little chink of selfishness” about wanting to preserve some private life as an MP.

“For me, the job I’m doing I have absolute satisfaction with and I get to have a life at the same time.”

She wants privacy but always says yes to glossy women’s magazine features and other features like from Metro or the Sunday Star-Times, Verve Magazine, Michelle Hewitson at the NZ Herald, Fairfax, and local rags.

There is plenty more coverage but is Ardern really suggesting we defy all the media and her willingness to be deputy to Grant Robertson to believe she doesn’t really want to be Prime Minister and that she wants privacy above all else? She’s been shagging a comedian for far too long obviously…because that is some joke she has worked up there.

I’ve never met a politician yet who doesn’t harbour some thoughts about the top job.

If you believe she has no designs on a  top job then I have a bridge I can sell you.

Oh and Jacinda Ardern is the replacement for Phil Goff at the Sunday Star-Times…apparently she is going to go head to head with Judith Collins. Now there is a mis-match if I’ve ever seen one.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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