The halls of power are a creche

Since we had a pregnant PM, suddenly it seems that it is totally appropriate to fill parliament and the Beehive with babies. I’ll bet the place now constantly smells of dirty nappies and baby vomit, which must make it a very pleasant place to work.

Stuff reports that another minister goes to work with a baby in tow. quote.

Womens’ Minister Julie Anne Genter is back at work, with baby Joaquin in tow, after three months of parental leave.

The family is moving from Auckland to Wellington to simplify the first year of the baby’s life, with Nunns’ taking a break from his career to look after Joaquin. end quote.

We seem to have a pattern here. Now it’s trendy to have stay-at-home dads. Except that they don’t stay at home, of course. They follow the mother around, using breastfeeding as an excuse so that they can sit in on cabinet meetings and go to the UN General Assembly.

Sorry. Wrong stay-at-home dad. quote.

“Becoming a parent is the hardest job that I think I will ever do. And I certainly want a society where everyone is supported to be the best parent they can be.” end quote.

Then stay at home and do the job properly, rather than drag the poor kid around everywhere that you perceive you have to be. This is not good parenting, and your child will suffer as a result. quote.

Joaquin has not had a chance to meet the Prime Minister’s baby Neve yet, although Genter hoped the pair could have a play-date soon. By coincidence, she discovered her pregnancy just before Ardern announced hers. end quote.

Just like Prince George had a play date in Wellington. Are these people completely blinded by their own self-importance? The kid is 3 months old. He doesn’t know what a play date is. quote.

Genter followed politics fairly closely while on parental leave, noting that while being a mother was amazing her political work was not unimportant.

“It’s the most wonderful thing to have this little baby, to have this little human,” Genter said.

“At the same time it’s nice to have that connection to the rest of my life, which is politics, because ultimately the reason I’m in politics is because I want to have a better New Zealand and a better world for him to grow up in.” end quote.

To all you males reading this – I am going to say what you are thinking. This is why women struggle with equality. Women like Jacinda Ardern and Julie Anne Genter think they are amazing because they have had babies and are now returning to work. But they are doing it with a huge support network and large amounts of money behind them. They have partners who can afford to take time out to pose as full time carers, and they can afford nannies as well when Dad gets tired of his new role changing nappies and cleaning up vomit. They have it very easy and they are turning the halls of power into a childcare centre, which is just wrong. The business of governing ought to be going on there, and it is impossible to concentrate when there is a baby to attend to.

They think they are trailblazing suffragettes, but they fail to see that women’s’ equality was fought and won decades ago and women have been juggling parenthood and careers ever since. There is nothing new or remarkable about this.

They are just spoilt, wealthy people who have a lot of choices and can play at being parents while it makes them look good. It might make them look good to a fawning media but the rest of us, including all the working mothers out there, wished we had it so good.


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