Helen Clark may feel like she has a "stadium of 4 million people" behind her - and judging by overwhelming opinion expressed today she has - but she can count me out.
I respected Clark as a PM for acknowledging the problems of chronic inter-generational despondency and dysfunction.
But even then she would not move against the prevailing feminist and socialist theory of (false) empowerment of women - the DPB.
Back on the DPB band wagon? Being petty when NZ could have the first woman heading the UN?
1/ The impoverishment of thousands of children is no small beer
2/ I do not care about nationalism or feminism. I do not get warm fuzzies about the connection Clark has to New Zealand or to my gender.
It has made me deeply uncomfortable today that so very many, John Key included, are prepared to forget not personal animosities (they are small beer) but the ideological antipathy that freedom- embracing, small govt acolytes had for Clark.
Whoever the successful candidate is (notwithstanding the arguable impotence of the UN) I would prefer someone who has not made it their life's work to advance the responsibility and power of the state to enrich lives.
Elliott for Napier
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