Let’s go back just over a decade to take a peek at Comrade Jacinda


What was New Zealand’s possible future Prime Minister, Comrade Jacinda doing eleven years ago? Let’s take a trip down memory lane to a blog post on The Standard that has a fascinating tale to tell.

January 31st, 2008 Jacinda Ardern was 27 years old and something big had just happened in her life. At that time she was a former Young Labour president and political advisor and she had just been elected president of the International Union of Socialist Youth which is a group that the Standard blog post said encompassed “socialist, social democratic and Labour Party youth organisations from more than 100 countries.”

[…] IUSY is a massive organisiation and holds consultative status with the United Nations. This is a huge achievement

Remember how Ardern during a debate said that she would want to ask the UN what to do if as Prime Minister she had to make a decision about whether or not to support President Trump if America was in a war with North Korea? Her past history of consulting with the UN as IUSY President helps explain why she would want to involve an outside, unelected, International body in New Zealand political decision-making.

[…] Ms Ardern is just the second female IUSY president in 101 years. She was elected uncontested at IUSY’s world congress held in the Dominican Republic yesterday.

Oh dear, the comrades clearly aren’t big on gender equality, tut, tut.

Also of note, rumour also has it that Jacinda may be running as a candidate for the Labour Party. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her socially on a couple of occasions and I imagine she’d be a huge asset.

Jacinda is apparently known not just for her considerable intellect and political nous but also her hair – evidently Scoop thought so too, deeming it worthy of inclusion in this photo of recently confirmed Labour Rimutaka candidate, Chris Hipkins

-The Standard


PHOTO-The Standard

Eleven years later the media are still more interested in Ardern’s hair than her policies and judging by the number of glamorous photo shoots that Ardern has chosen to take part in she has no problem being seen as a glamour puss.

Portrait of a politician

Below is a video of Comrade Jacinda at the International Union of Socialist Youth Festival in 2007 the year before she was elected president of the International Union of Socialist Youth.

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