The world’s most charismatic leader

The international media continue to be affected by fairy dust. This time, a political strategist from the UK describes Jacinda as ‘the most charismatic leader in the world’.

Get me a bucket.

Newshub reports: quote.

Jacinda Ardern is the most charismatic politician in the world, it has been claimed.

Ms Ardern is “something special, and everyone sees it” political strategist John McTernan told The AM Show on Thursday.

Mr McTernan was director of operations for UK Prime Minister Tony Blair in the mid-2000s, and has worked for the Australian and Scottish Labour parties, including as director of communications for then-Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. end quote.

If he worked for Tony Blair, then he and Jacinda probably know each other. She also had a stint working in the Blair government as a policy adviser. It could be deduced, therefore, that this is not an objective assessment. quote.

“You’re very lucky in New Zealand. Jacinda is probably the most charismatic single figure, democratic leader in the world at the moment. It’s not just that she’s popular – it’s that she is something special, and everyone sees it. She’s fresh, she’s a star, she’s the real thing.

“When she talks about things, people listen to her – they go, ‘Okay – I get that it’s going to take a long time to turn around the economy, it’s going to take a long time to turn around the infrastructure, to invest in the transport we need, it’s going to take a while build up KiwiBuild. But she’s got a plan.’ end quote.

Sorry mate, but I beg to differ. You have too much fairy dust on your shoulders. She didn’t need to ‘turn around’ the economy, as it was performing very well until she took office. Since then, it has all been downhill. She has tanked business confidence, blindsided a profitable industry and increased the cost of fuel to such an extent that inflation is the highest it has been for a decade. All in her first year. If that is your idea of ‘turning around the economy’ then we are on different planets. quote.

“When people listen to her, they go, ‘Alright, you’ve thought about this – you’ve got a plan. I trust you to do it.’ I think trust is one of the biggest elements in politics. It’s the lack of trust, the erosion of trust, the corrosion of it – you see it in American politics, the polarisation.” end quote.

Oh, I get it. Just another sycophantic leftie peddling the usual drivel. We know how she thinks about things. The Karel Sroubek debacle is a good example of her thought processes. quote.

Until she came along, Mr McTernan says Canada had the world’s most charismatic leader.

“But she beats Justin Trudeau into a cocked hat.” end quote.

Justin? What can I say?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his wife, Sophie, and three children in India.

Canadians were embarrassed beyond belief by the ‘second most charismatic’ world leader’s behaviour in India when he turned up in traditional dress with hands locked in prayer when everyone else wore business suits.

Charisma obviously means something else to McTernan than it does to the rest of us.

I don’t find Jacinda particularly charismatic, but nor do I think charisma is an important quality for a politician. Competence, honesty, diligence and a general desire to improve the welfare of the country would be up there for me. Obfuscation, backflips, lies and general incompetence seem to be the qualities that describe her best right at the moment, and none of them are particularly desirable in a politician. I don’t think so anyway.

Maybe Mr McTernan is getting confused. We once had Charisma. He was a horse ridden by Mark Todd.

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