Jacinda really can do it all

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PM Jacinda Ardern

She’s graced the cover of Vogue magazine. She has boosted the sales of Allbirds tenfold. She wrote the forward for Helen Clark’s new book. She has had a baby, took only 6 weeks off, and manages to juggle work and motherhood at the same time. She has scolded the Australians on their attitude towards refugees. She has has a wonderful trip to Europe, meeting foreign heads of state, and even attending a dinner at Buckingham Palace and now she is writing for The NZ Herald. quote:

Prime Minister  Jacinda Ardern will be the guest editor of the New Zealand Herald‘s 125th Suffrage edition, to be published on September 19.

The commemorative edition will mark the anniversary of New Zealand women winning the right to vote on September 19, 1893, becoming the first country in the world to do so.

“It’s a huge honour to be asked to guest edit the Suffrage 125 anniversary edition of the New Zealand Herald. It’s an assignment I’m approaching with a great sense of responsibility,” Ardern said.

“To try and summarise 125 years of women’s experience in one issue of the newspaper is an impossible task, but I’m planning at least to ensure that the edition covers where we’ve been, where we are right now, and where we’re going.”

Herald Premium Content Editor Miriyana Alexander said the Prime Minister was a fitting guest editor for the occasion. The pair have started planning and Alexander said Ardern was full of great story ideas.

“The Prime Minister is going to roll her sleeves up and write some pieces, and is pursuing some great interview subjects. She will also be in the Herald newsroom on the night to join our team in putting the paper to bed. end quote.

Good on her. This is a momentous occasion indeed. It is absolutely appropriate that someone who has benefited enormously from all the trailblazing women in the world and is now the first ever premier to take maternity leave should front this. What an achievement.

But I have just one question, although admittedly, it is a small one.

When exactly are you going to get on with the job of being prime minister of New Zealand? You know, that job we pay you about half a million dollars a year to do?

How are you going with lifting every child out of poverty, Jacinda? Have you achieved that yet? Because, during the election campaign, you stated that child poverty was the sole reason you decided to go into politics. So, now that you have the chance, have you waved your magic wand and made it go away?

Of course not.

It is funny, but over the last 2 or 3 winters, we saw nothing else other than pictures of people sleeping in cars and heard harrowing tales of the misery among low-income families in New Zealand. This year – nothing.

This year, the Auckland City Mission has distributed more food parcels than EVER before in its 98-year history. Food parcels distributed in Masterton are also at record highs. It doesn’t sound as if you have solved any sort of poverty yet, Jacinda. If anything, I would say that poverty is worse now than it was a year ago.

Housing is also worse than it ever was. During the election campaign, there was going to be this amazing new concept called Kiwibuild, which would magically produce all these wonderful houses for people on low incomes in no time at all. But here we are, a year later, without one single house completed, and to qualify for a Kiwibuild house, a young couple will need an income of over $120,000 per annum.

So that’s not doing much for child poverty either, is it?

And exactly what does hiking fuel taxes do for people on low incomes? Let me tell you what it does. It pushes up the price of everything. We are all noticing prices in the supermarket slowly increasing, but this hits the poor hardest of all.

And now that business confidence is falling, the dollar has dropped, which will mean imports will become more expensive… which will push fuel prices up even further. And this will hit people on low incomes once again, and those children you were so keen to help will be worse off, once again.

But all that is okay, isn’t it Jacinda, because, by your own judgement, we must be doing well here in New Zealand because we are still doing better than Venezuela at the moment. So that is something, isn’t it?

I don’t know how you sleep at night All you have done since you came into power is pose for photos, throw taxpayers money around the Pacific, swan off to Europe and take maternity leave. In the meantime, the lives of these people and particularly those children that you profess to care so much about just get harder and harder every day. Thanks to you.

But never mind about that. You just go ahead and spend your time writing editorials for newspapers. I asked our excellent researcher, Sally, to find out how many other politicians have written newspaper editorials in their time, and the answer came back… that none have.

This is because responsible politicians know they have a job to do and spend at least some of their time trying to do it.

But don’t you worry your pretty little head about that, Jacinda. There’s a trip to New York and the U.N. coming up. You can start packing for that as soon as you’ve got your newspaper articles out of the way.

But I’ll just leave you with one final thought.

Food for thought, isn’t it?

 


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