Our “Chosen One”

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Thank goodness that Waitangi Day and all the hoo-ha that goes with it is behind us. To be fair, thanks to by-passing the infamous Ti Ti marae, the proceedings went well this year and it was a happy occasion. I also have to give our “Chosen one” credit for her friendliness towards all and sundry, and for her barbecue skills which obviously endeared her.


But, also to be fair, Jacinda is a Labour PM in a strongly Labour environment so a different outcome would have been very surprising. With all of those kind words out of the way, I still have some major misgivings about her general performance. She is very comfortable in the Waitangi environment, holding people’s hands and cuddling babies, but a Prime Minister’s role is running the country, understanding business and showing concern for the well-being of ‘her people’ in situations like the devastating storms which have wrecked infrastructure and taken lives. We have had two of those weather bombs, since Christmas and there has not been contact from anyone in this government.

Jacinda Ardern and Malcolm Turnbull at a ceremony to commemorate Remembrance Day in Vietnam on Saturday. Picture: AAP

Call me old-fashioned, but I expect better presentation from our PMs, male or female.  We expect more than conversations, we expect decisions. We expect that our PM will be diplomatic in all interactions with overseas leaders. To date, our “Chosen one” has caused bad blood with the two major countries that would come to our aid in times of trouble. Her diction is dreadful. I don’t expect our international representative to say somethink and nothink and other sloppy speech and I’m appalled when she points her finger at the person she is speaking to. I could go on, but does anyone else feel that she needs some ‘grooming’ if she is to be our ‘Face of New Zealand’ overseas?


by The Blonde

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