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New Zealand’s Jacinda Ardern Resigns, ‘Defeated by Her Own Vanity’

For many New Zealanders, this moment was long overdue.

With her poll numbers continuing to plummet this year, the country’s most authoritarian leader ever has seen the writing on the wall.

In order to avoid a humiliating defeat in the upcoming general election and preserve her damaged political brand – and also to escape accountability for handedly wrecking the country’s economy with her horrific ‘Zero Covid’ lockdown policies, and corruption surrounding the government’s reckless vaccine approval charade – arch-globalist and protégé of Tony Blair, Jacinda Ardern, has suddenly opted to bail out this week, announcing her resignation as the country’s Prime Minister.

A darling of Klaus Schwab and the Davos set, Ardern is now hoping to cash-in on the multi-million dollar internation speaking circuit. But the people of New Zealand will be left to try and pick up the pieces from her disastrous tenure as PM.

Ross Clark of The Telegraph writes…

“She wasn’t just Prime Minister of New Zealand – and a popular one at her peak – she was a global pin-up for progressive values. She was the beacon of hope among those on the Left…”

Ardern’s undoing was in that she appeared to believe that herself. I don’t claim to be able to read her mind, but I would guess that her real reason for resigning ahead of New Zealand’s general election later this year was not primarily that she wanted to collect her daughter from playgroup every day, as she has intimated, but that she could no longer cope with her halo having slipped. When you have been built up into a living saint it must come as a shock to find yourself under attack for failing to address the same old problems which afflict less-progressive national leaders. Inflation, a stuttering economy and rising crime are hardly unique to New Zealand, but they showed that there was nothing magical about Ardern’s politics – the only difference is that in her case she lacked the toughness to weather serious adversity.

Some of her errors were self-inflicted. I stick to every word I wrote on her zero-Covid policy. It was a dead-end which, had it not been abandoned in 2021, would have led to New Zealand becoming like China: now suffering a delayed wave of covid, having needlessly suffered three years of economic harm. For two years, New Zealand became a virtual hermit kingdom, whose people faced being shut in their homes if even a single case of Covid was identified in their town.

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Ardern, who formerly worked as an adviser in Tony Blair’s government, failed to take heed of the first part of his slogan:  “tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime”. The normally-placid country was shocked by a crime wave involving ram-raids and murders as the country reopened from its covid imprisonment. Police officers became sick of having to release delinquent youths they had arrested in the morning, only to see them reoffending in the evening. Then there was her war on farmers. New Zealand’s agricultural sector was the crown jewel of the country’s economy – one which, unlike its counterparts in other developed countries, stood on its own two feet, without subsidies. Then came Ardern’s extreme climate change agenda, which threatened to put many farmers out of business if they could not meet impossible emissions-reduction targets.

The danger now is that in resigning before what was beginning to look like an inevitable defeat at the polls, she will come to be seen by progressives as a political martyr, reinforcing their belief in her greatness, as a female leader who willingly gave up power to be with her family. The reality is that she failed in much that she tried to achieve, and the hero-worship which she enjoyed around the world made things worse by adding to her hubris.

READ MORE NEW ZEALAND NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire New Zealand Files






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