Running New Zealand as a communist country not good enough for a UN win


Clark has been tireless in her campaign, courting international media, and cultivating a big following on social media. She has done so knowing that she enters the race with a huge handicap – there is a prevailing view that it is Eastern Europe’s “turn” to lead the UN under the so-called regional rotation “rule”, and the odds would appear to be stacked against her given the large number of Eastern European candidates.

The decision will ultimately come down to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – US, Britain, China, Russia and France – and some of them appear to prefer other candidates, which further raises the odds.

But despite that Clark is regularly touted as the frontrunner and that has ruffled feathers.

She has been rated as the best performer, but that may just get her to “most capable loser”, as the fact she wasn’t actually born in a Soviet bloc country will weigh heavily against her.

Clark was never the first choice of the big players like America or Russia and still won’t be – the best she can hope for from Russia, for instance, is that it casts a “no opinion” vote in her favour, which would keep her in the race. The other options are “encourage” or “discourage”.

But to muddy the waters even further, there are still some candidates who are yet to enter the race – including former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, who is cooling his heels while Canberra forms a government.

He needs the Australian government to nominate him but ministers haven’t even got their warrants yet.

But he will be less of a threat to Clark than the horse trading over “turns’ and geopolitical favours.

It appears she was born in the wrong country, she’s stepped on too many people to get where she is and, a bit like Survivor, those you trample on the way up are the ones who get to pick the winner.

Sadly for Clark, this isn’t about the best person for the job, something that must eat away at her deeply.


– Stuff

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