Ardern’s ambitions

Prior to and since Jacinda Ardern’s easy win in the Mt Albert by-election there have been a number of suggestions that she should replace Annette King as Labour’s deputy leader.

From NZ Herald Labour’s Jacinda Ardern new MP for Mt Albert

There had been speculation that a strong byelection showing could lead to some within Labour questioning whether Ardern should be elevated to the deputy leader position, currently held by Annette King.

“There is no vacancy,” Little said when asked about that speculation. “I’m not planning on any changes.”

It would appear that King is not planning on any changes at this stage. She is stepping down from her electorate to become a list only MP with no sign of her not contesting September’s election.

So what now for Ardern? She has achieved one of her ambitions, to become an electorate MP, in her fourth attempt in her third electorate.

“I’m absolutely clear about my ­ambition to be Minister of Children.” That, she says, is where she can make a difference.

And what about leader of the Labour party? No, she says.

Life, kids and being Jacinda

She keeps saying that. A deputy leader has to stand in for the leader, so why would she want to be deputy?

She doesn’t want to be Prime Minister. No, really, she doesn’t want to be Prime Minister.

The politics of life: The truth about Jacinda Ardern

Deputies have to stand in for Prime Ministers. Some of them are waiting for their turn at the top job.

Ardern will be busy setting herself up in a safe electorate. Her career as a celebrity MP looks assured for as long as she wants it.

She doesn’t appear to have the driving ambition to be a leader. Minister of Children and cover of Woman’s Weekly seems to be a self imposed limit, at this stage.

However ambitions can change.

But actually being an MP? “No!” On a school trip to Parliament, she left her classmates drinking orange juice in John Luxton’s office to ask his private secretary what she should study to become a private secretary.

“MPs? There were only 120 of those. No way was I going to become one of those.”

I suspect she will be happy to sit out this election in a safe seat, and perhaps do a few more ‘celebrity’ profile things. She appears to be working on a long term plan.

 

23 Comments

  1. Kevin

     /  February 26, 2017

    Well if I was Andy I’d be offering Ardern the deputy leader spot.

    This does three things:

    1. It keeps his enemies close.

    2. It placates the liberal-left in the Labour – you know the ones who believe we live in a rape culture and that what you are is more important than what you do. And this is important especially after the Jackson fiasco.

    3. It keeps Jacinda happy and satisfied. And someone who is happy and satisfied is never a threat.

    Little needs to understand that he is in very perilous position. Labour’s liberal-left have won the war. Unless he can do something his days are numbered.

  2. Ray

     /  February 26, 2017

    I have yet to be convinced that she has the ability to do anything other than be the “pretty face” for Labour via the “Women’s Weekly” .
    Has she landed any strikes on her opposite members, advanced any bills that make a difference or anything of note?

    • Kevin

       /  February 26, 2017

      She has the potential to get a lot of the latte-sipping vote – especially among those with vaginas.

      • Nelly Smickers

         /  February 26, 2017

        😡

        • Blazer

           /  February 26, 2017

          they look good enough to….eat.(said Kevin ,licking his….lips)

          • Kevin

             /  February 26, 2017

            Damn straight they look good enough to eat. And none of them have nuts. I hate nuts in cupcakes.

    • Blazer

       /  February 26, 2017

      she needs to lift her game Ray….I just look at the present deputy P.M …’zip it …sweetie’…that’s what you call….’profound’.

  3. Its ok is she eventually becomes the 5th or 6th failure leader of Labour. The leader of the opposoition is Winston Peters.

  4. PDB

     /  February 26, 2017

    Ardern’s PM ambitions? None – she wants to be an MP with no real responsibility & no sacrifice from her ‘celebrity’ lifestyle…..

    Ardern: “I don’t want to be prime minister … yes, I have aspirations, but my singular focus is the opportunity to be the minister for children. I’ve spent a lot of years around child welfare and I want the chance to do something about it. But I don’t have to be in charge to deliver on that.”

    A big part of the reason for her not wanting the job though was “a little chink of selfishness” about wanting to preserve some private life as an MP.

    “For me, the job I’m doing I have absolute satisfaction with and I get to have a life at the same time.”

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/74511534/i-dont-want-to-be-prime-minister–jacinda-ardern

    If she is forced to change her mind those statements will come back to haunt her.

    • Blazer

       /  February 26, 2017

      why?Politicians ..change their minds,all the time.Take this administration as an example….

      • PDB

         /  February 26, 2017

        Key was on record as wanting to be PM and do his ‘bit’ for the country and benefit others.

        Jacinda is on record as not wanting to be PM because it would mean sacrificing her own lifestyle for the benefit of others.

        • Blazer

           /  February 26, 2017

          well Key quit and only did his ‘bit’ for the wealthy 10%…he was on record as saying he wouldn’t increase GST…and……

          • PDB

             /  February 26, 2017

            When it probably takes Jacinda 3 hours to do her hair and apply makeup each day & with regularly attending meaningless protests & hanging out with buddy Grant how is a girl meant to have time to run a party or country?

            • Blazer

               /  February 26, 2017

              meaningless assumptions…,a feature of your postings,unfortunately.

            • PDB

               /  February 26, 2017

              That would be a meaningless assumption you are making there Blazer…….

  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 26, 2017

    Looks good and has no idea. Therefore is regarded as an improvement on those who just have no idea and should bolt past Andy for leadership now if grass-roots can outvote the unions.

  6. David

     /  February 26, 2017

    I think she is aware that she aint smart or driven enough to get anywhere close to the top, I guess she enjoys the lifestyle which is going to change now and she will have to actually deal with dirty smelly voters with issues.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 26, 2017

      That’s what they have electorate secretaries and offices for, David. I doubt most Ministers spend much time meeting constituents there.

  7. Pete Kane

     /  February 26, 2017

    The problem for Ms Ardern Alan (as I have long seen it) is the same as that of her potential counterpart, Ms Bennett, they are simply not that bright. Sorry. And nothing, nothing, can truly mitigate this state.

    • Conspiratoor

       /  February 27, 2017

      I don’t rate either of them PK but Ms Bennett has a quality lacking in Ms Adern and one essential for an aspiring politician. She is rat cunning.

      • Pete Kane

         /  February 27, 2017

        There’s truth in that for sure Con. Ardern strikes me as one of those confoundedly lucky people. I say confoundedly because you and I might get but most don’ seem too. (Plus support of a pretty sleazy media and of whom some Individuals may see a future ‘personal employment’ opportunity.

  8. Probably a slip by 1 News rather than Ardern, media seem to be getting a bit obsessed about her supposed leadership potential.

  9. Conspiratoor

     /  February 26, 2017

    In 6 years she’s made next to no contribution to her portfolio. Yet she will overtake lovable andy as labour’s preferred prime minister. Why, I ask myself? Turns out she’s got this really inoffensive, affable, cool personality that makes folks want to walk up to her and have a chat, drink a beer with. Sort of like john key. Both really good with the old smile and wave. On yer girl. I’ll take style over substance any day