Nappy rash

Is it just because I am a grumpy old git or are others totally fed up with the nappy rash breaking out in the Beehive?

Have we reached Peak Pregnancy yet?


Fortunately, Judith has publically ruled out that she will announce she is pregnant in order to win the National party leadership race.

I thought that the warnings for Wellingtonians to check the stormwater drains was because of the amount of virtue signalling currently dripping out of Wellington, but it seems it was preparation for cyclone Gita.

Of course, women have babies and work at the same time. I believe that Eve pioneered the trend some time ago.

But really, how many mothers in employment can sit at their desk, “doing their job”, getting paid very handsomely, with their baby on their lap or at their breast?  Is it really normal and is it really something that we should be aiming for?

As Mrs WH asked when watching the Julie-Anne pregnancy announcement, “How many surgeon mothers take their babies into the operating theatre so that they can breastfeed part-way through surgery?”

Would you want your dentist balancing her babe on her knee whilst poking around in among your gnashers?

Would it not be just a trifle frustrating to be paying a lawyer several squillion an hour to solve your legal problems while she was fussing with a colicky baby?

Imagine how interminably slow the supermarket checkout queues would be with all the old dears clucking over the cashier’s latest in her baby bouncer by the register!

Genter said it was sad it had taken this long for New Zealand to be in a position where two members of the executive were pregnant.

“I think it shows that women of our age have been under-represented in politics.”

“It’s an amazing coincidence. But it’s also fantastic for our country to be able to show progressive leadership on this.

“If we’re going to close the gender pay gap and if we’re going to achieve equality for women we are going to have find a way to support women to have families and careers at the same time.”


“Sad it had taken this long for New Zealand to be in a position where two members of the executive were pregnant.”

What? Really?  It is sad that women in Saudi Arabia only got the vote in 2015.

I believe that Elizabeth McCombs was elected to the NZ Parliament in 1933 and that there have been women there ever since. As far as I know there have been no legal impediments to two women parliamentarians being co-pregnant before now so what “position” has changed, Julie-Anne?

And, is it right to be discussing positions and pregnancy in the same sentence in a family paper?

So, these two are the first 37/38-year-old women in politics?  Interesting…

Ah, yes – showing the world progressive leadership! Yee ha! Punching above our weight etc etc, pass the bucket.

And what, pray tell, has any of this got to do with the Genter gender pay gap?  Have we not shown the world progressive leadership on gender fluidity? There are no genders now, so no gaps. Please do keep up, Julie-Anne.

Although it is jolly poor form to steal our Dear Leader’s thunder and co-gestate, the women’s mags will be delirious sales just doubled.

Shall we run a sweepstake on which mag will be first to use “mArdernity leave” in a headline?

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Dr Seuss may have been describing WH when he wrote, “He was shortish. And oldish. And brownish. And mossy. And he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy.”  WH, however, is tallish and only just fits in his MG.