Give it up Hels, it’s not them, it’s you

Helen Clark

The staff might want her, John Key doesn’t mind pouring millions into helping her, and David Farrar got excited too, but it’s pretty much over for Helen Clark.

She’s being told the UN equivalent of “It’s not me, It’s you”.

Helen Clark’s poor showings in the race to become the next United Nations boss mean “the only possible conclusion” is that she should pull out, a former runner-up for the role says.

Clark has pledged to fight on in the race to become the next UN secretary-general, despite placing seventh out of 10 candidates in the most recent ballot earlier this week.

She received six votes in favour, eight “discourage” votes and one “no opinion”.   

Indian politician and former UN diplomat Shashi Tharoor, who came in second behind current UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon in the 2006 selection, told RNZ Clark was “an admirable candidate [with] excellent credentials” but could no longer hope to win the role.

“Her heart is in the right place, she stands for many of the right things, so there was absolutely nothing wrong in her having put forward her candidacy.

“I’m sorry to say the numbers right now don’t suggest that she should continue when the majority of an electorate discourages you from continuing.”

While Clark’s chances may have been revived had she convinced fewer people to vote against her in the latest ballot, Tharoor told RNZ the “only possible conclusion” from the eight “discourage” votes was that she should pull out.

Time for tears in the limo…it’s over Hels


– Fairfax

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