Ardern adulation at Davos but ‘self-awareness and problem-solving sorely lacking’

This isn’t reporting, it is over the top adulation from Joy Reid at 1 News:  Jacinda Ardern has been ‘absolutely phenomenal’ in Europe, generating ‘huge’ media interest

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s performance in Europe has been “absolutely phenomenal”, according to 1 NEWS Europe Correspondent Joy Reid.

The Prime Minister was the big-ticket item in Davos, Reid told TVNZ1’s Breakfast today.

“Everyone has wanted a piece of her, she really has been the big hot ticket over here, especially in Davos, she was invited to all sorts of events, she was also invited to speak on some pretty high-level forums alongside Prince William, alongside David Attenborough,” Reid said.

The Prime Minister’s words were being used by big media outlets to sum up the pro-reform sentiment at the World Economic Forum in Davos in Switzerland, Reid said.

“The Financial Times has just written a piece summing up Davos, they used the Prime Minister’s quote to end the article, basically saying, ‘we don’t need to start again, but we do need to change the way we do things,’ using her to sum up the entire sentiment of Davos.”

Reid also said there was huge media interest in Ms Ardern.

There has certainly some media interest, especially here in New Zealand, but Ardern hasn’t been the star of the show everywhere. She still doesn’t rate a mention on the Reuters web page covering Davis: https://www.reuters.com/davos

Ardern did get a mention at CNN yesterday but she has disappeared from their page covering Davos today: https://edition.cnn.com/business/live-news/davos-2019-live-updates/index.html

CNN’s 5 top moments from Davos 2019

  1. China reassures: Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan downplayed fears about his country’s economic slowdown, arguing that growth remains “significant.” “There will be a lot of uncertainties in 2019,” he said. “But something that is certain is that China’s growth will continue and will be sustainable.”
  2. Soros blasts Beijing: George Soros didn’t mince words in a speech on Thursday, calling Chinese President Xi Jinping the “most dangerous enemy” of open societies. “Instead of waging a trade war with practically the whole world, the United States should focus on China,” he said. He also called on the United States “to crack down” on Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE.
  3. No love for AOC’s tax plan: A tax on the rich proposed by US lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was greeted with skepticism by some at Davos. Check out the awkward moment when Michael Dell was asked about it.
  4. Second vote on Brexit? That was the question posed to a large crowd in Davos on Thursday. Almost every hand shot up in support of a second referendum, apart from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who abstained.
  5. The king of conservation sits down with Prince William David Attenborough was one of the stars of this year’s Davos. In an interview on Monday, the naturalist and the British prince discussed the effects humans have had on the natural world since Attenborough started his career six decades ago.

Ardern shared platforms with both Prince William and David Attenborough but is overshadowed by both.

Ardern’s ‘wellbeing budget’ was of interest but perhaps more a curiosity than a revolution in  the making.

Searching Google news for ‘Davos’ gets no mention on Ardern there until the third page, and that links to one Stuff article on her – Jacinda Ardern showcases New Zealand’s wellbeing budget at Davos

While Ardern performed well, the reality is that like New Zealand she is not a big player in world politics and economics.

Davos was a dream for Ardern’s networking and PR, but there are question marks about her self awareness and her actual problem solving skills.

She may measure up, eventually. This year’s first ‘wellbeing budget’ may be the beginning of a real new way of doing economic management with kindness. But Ardern is a long way off being ‘absolutely phenomenal’ as a Prime Minister – and her Government has been far from it this week, with KiwiBuild looking more like a big KiwiBluster and KiwiBumble.

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  1. Blazer

     /  26th January 2019

    ‘Davis was a dream for Ardern’s networking and PR, but there are question marks about her self awareness and her actual problem solving skills.’

    Name one National politician that does not have those very same…’question marks’!

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    • Funny. Name one post that raises questions about Ardern and the Government that Blazer doesn’t try to divert to National.

      We only have one Prime Minister at the moment. It is fair that she receives the most scrutiny and holding to account, especially when she talks her and her Government up so much before delivering. This is a very risky approach, as Phil Twyford is finding out. Ardern should take note of that.

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      • Trevors_elbow

         /  26th January 2019

        You’ve noticed that Pete… the Blazer is always ablaze about National even though the objects of his hatred are no longer in office….

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      • PartisanZ

         /  26th January 2019

        Name one day that doesn’t have a topic about Ardern’s questionability?

        Did you know John Tamihere is running for Auckland Mayor?

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        • I’m aware that Tamihere has announced that he will make an announcement today, and it is expected that it is about the Auckland mayoralty.

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      • adamsmith1922

         /  26th January 2019

        Pete, I agree with your post.
        Regarding One News coverage, they have become essentially an Ardern fanzone and seem to function as part of her PR spin machine, especially on the news bulletins.
        She is long on waffle and extremely short on substance.
        I remain very sceptical about the so called well being budget as it seems more like a figleaf to cover up economic failure. Plus one person’s well being is not necessarily someone else’s. Overall well being smacks of you will feel good or else. T me it has Orwellian overtones.

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      • Blazer

         /  26th January 2019

        stumped the panel…eh!Vague critique of this nature was not evident re the previous administration.

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        • PartisanZ

           /  26th January 2019

          Blazer, since then the entire media has been taken-over by Lefty journos in what will become known as ‘The Long Quick March through Institutions’!

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      • Gezza

         /  26th January 2019

        I watched that item from Joy Reid last night and concluded that poor Joy is besotted with Jacinda, and that if I was Clarke I wouldn’t leave them alone in a room together to go and change the baby’s Treasures.

        If your 1ewes cameras are follwing Jacs around everywhere and giving her patsy questions and not really even noticing that other people elsewhere are saying stuff the international Serious News media (not the Entertainment Tonight and Womens Mag news media) are reporting, then the folk back home will get the impression Jacinda is a big noise on the international stage.

        1ewes female reporters are such sickmaking cheerleaders for Jacindamania I do find it all a bit embarrassing sometimes, but at least once she gets back home they have to deal with a few more critical journos who look beyond the sound bites.

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  2. David

     /  26th January 2019

    The well being budgeting of Arderns regime so far has allocated the vast bulk of its money to giving cash to wealthy new Mums, paying the electricity bill for wealthy pensioners, billions for middle class university students and anything else left is going to spent on 17% pay rises for members of the unions that partially elect the labour leader and fund the labour party.
    Just as well labour can just re brand the excellent work Key/English and Bennett did.

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    • Mother

       /  26th January 2019

      We need political leaders with foresight and problem solving skills rather than ‘self awareness’. Blazer is correct to point out that integrity is lacking in leaders generally. I think it’s because we are turning away from our Christian heritage. The solution does not necessarily involve a return to our Christian heritage. Perhaps JA speaks helpfully when she says we don’t need to start again but we need to do things differently. I think it is important to challenge people with the question – Do you want to turn back to our Christian heritage, or do you see other new ways of embracing Christianity, or is your conscience sure that turning our back on Christianity is safe for the future?

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      • Gerrit

         /  26th January 2019

        Give it a rest Mother; Christian heritage?

        Used to be a political party but to give some sort of ethereal religion a heritage is strange?

        Perhaps an explanation what Christian heritage is and how it can “improve” the human brand would be a starting point for your discussions.

        All religions are self serving and self promoting, there is no “heritage” worth considering from any religion, in my ever so humble opinion.

        Much like individuals are self serving and self promoting.

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    • Blazer

       /  26th January 2019

      so you’re a big fan..then.

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  3. alloytoo

     /  26th January 2019

    “Perhaps JA speaks helpfully when she says we don’t need to start again but we need to do things differently”

    I thought Bill English spoke helpfully when he said we need to do things differently, of course Bill’s proposals had a bit more meat on the bones than JA’s

    JA is starting to sound a lot like a snake oil salesman, the same meaningless lines, repeated continuously. Somebody needs to remind her that socialism is dead, it was always stillborn, but people persist in digging it up as a Zombie.

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    • Blazer

       /  26th January 2019

      and Capitalism is alive and…well??

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      • Mother

         /  26th January 2019

        It could be alive and well if people would take my questions seriously.

        Yes, I could explain what I mean by ‘Christian heritage’ if you want. And I could add meat to my other questions.

        I personally favour a departure from our ‘Christian heritage’. It’s the only positive way forward IMO.

        If you want to know the meat of what I’m saying, I would need another guest post and I’m too shy to ask for that. You would have to ask PG and if he was willing I would need some time to do it properly. I would do it using my name.

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        • Blazer

           /  26th January 2019

          ‘ I’m too shy to ask for that.’

          such …sincerity.

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          • Mother

             /  26th January 2019

            I’m too shy to ask for that because of my guest post in which I shared my testimony and which I felt went down like a lead balloon.

            YourNZ is not exactly encouraging to a Christian like myself Blazer. I’m not ashamed to name my Lord, as I have said several times, but I still have feelings, and my testimony expresses my victimhood which was real. It was incredibly stressful for me to have that guest post. Healing as well….afterwards.

            Of course I’m too shy to ask for another guest post. I wouldn’t ask because PG made it clear to me he is not ‘religious’. And because there is animosity toward Christians here on YourNZ.

            I would need to be asked to explain my questions as expressed above. Perhaps my shyness is simply respect for you all.

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            • Blazer

               /  26th January 2019

              sanctimonious,bible bashing ,God fearing hypocrites are becoming less common…thank..God.

            • Mother

               /  26th January 2019

              Yes Blazer. Thinking people like yourself have been successful in knocking it out of those sort of people. Keep it up.

            • MaureenW

               /  26th January 2019

              This isn’t exactly a Christian forum is it? I suggest you take some time out from being a very busy mother and do a wee course in marketing – in particular identifying target markets for your ramblings. I find it intriguing you need to advertise you self-inflicted labels to everyone – like they care? I’m a Christian – whoopee!!

          • Mother

             /  26th January 2019

            You are an irritating woman Maureen, and I would say that to your face after all your misrepresenting of me.

            YourNZ is not a ‘Christian forum’ and this was noted and accepted by me. It makes this blog all the more interesting to me.

            YourNZ is about politics. Christianity can be a part of that if I so choose. Whoopee? You silly woman. Learn to argue the point.

            After all these weeks since I introduced my comments you should know by now that you are deliberately misrepresenting me. There can only be one reason for your continued angst. You hate Jesus Christ. You not only have chosen to ignore Him, you hate Him. Now piss off. I would say that to your face too.

            On another note – for those who don’t like calling me mother, just put m.

            The reason I used Mother was because I couldn’t think of anything else at a time when anxiety was up to my eyeballs.

            And no, I’m not on medication and never have been. And yes, I was a real victim who knows first hand that it is uncommon for victims to enjoy the empathy of others. That domain is reserved for the wannabe victims in society.

            Many here share their spiritual leanings and parts of their lives if they choose. I don’t see Maureen attacking them.

            I am a mother. I was other things. If anyone feels uncomfortable with using my pseudonym, perhaps they could reflect on that without becoming rude to me personally.

            As I have said before, PG gave me back my freedom of speech. If you had ever experienced a long term serious attack on your freedom of speech you would not be rude to me.

            Perhaps if you bit your tongue more Maureen, YourNZ might become increasingly attractive to others. Or are you a snowflake who wants to claim somebody else’s hobby blog as your own wee club?

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            • Mother

               /  26th January 2019

              Do you personally know any “whoopee, I’m a Christian” Christians? If so, be nice Maureen. They are possibly just practising what I choose to freely say – “I’m not ashamed to name my Lord”. Why should you be so negative re others’ personal choices? If any whoopee sorts have hurt you, go sort it out. If they haven’t hurt you, practise respect. Or are you a snowflake?

              I’m not the whoopee sort and never was but I see nothing wrong with people expressing their hope.

              If more of us had hope, with respect, we’d have better representatives in government. There Maureen. This is about politics, and I’m using my free speech accordingly.

            • Gezza

               /  26th January 2019

              The only problem I have with your introducing Christianity into the mix of your comments isn’t it isn’t really all that relevant except to Christians, many of whom you don’t seem to think very much of. Which sets you up for diverting to that issue rather easily perhaps.

              While you can, as you seem to, certainly hold the view and express it that if people behaved more like Christians should do, the world would be a better place – I can even concede that much myself.

              The difficulty is that much of what Christianity believes about it’s founders and farther are obviously false, mythical,even some of what the gospels say Jesus said is nonsense. This means the chances of Christianity becoming a growing force for good are minimal. Young, educated people aren’t likely to embrace Christianity.

              That does leave us with something of a lack of moral certainties, but there are plenty of Christians who differ over what those are anyway.

              The legal system attempts in some ways to improve on the 10 commandments in places, but some of those commandments are pretty woolly.

            • Gezza

               /  26th January 2019

              Aw sorry – poor editing there, but I think probably reasonably followable. I’m also busy popping outside into the damn wind, trying to locate a missing pook with no flight feathers, to make sure she’s ok.

            • Gezza

               /  26th January 2019

              It’s all good. She’s arrived & looks fine. Has her mummy’s boy with her. They’re all having dinner now. I can relax before heading down to ma’s. 👍

            • MaureenW

               /  26th January 2019

              I do wonder Mother, why you bomb every thread with your religious ramblings – like a seagull pooing everywhere. I have my own thoughts about that – and it’s not because you are seeking like-minded converts to your nonsense.

            • Mother

               /  27th January 2019

              Then instead of bombing most threads where I am contributing Maureen, start a conversation in the open forum. Outline your views about your reasons for disrespect and I will join in. If I don’t respond it’s because I’m not looking that day. Perhaps you could try a day when you see me contributing, (not bombing as you do.)

              I am just about at the point of ignoring you Maureen. If I need to take that stance, it would be a pity. YourNZ has a great tone and if I need to withdraw from you, your nit picking and vitriol could adversely affect that tone for others, especially newcomers.

              I have suggested to you before to take it up with the host if you cannot bear my presence.

            • Mother

               /  27th January 2019

              Like a sea gull pooing? For goodness sake Maureen, where exactly do you sit when you’re picnicking, you poor victim? I’m quite sick of you.

              Anyway, God bless you.

            • Mother

               /  27th January 2019

              Gezza, I think it is fair for me to remind you that you once said you would ignore me if I mentioned Church. I have also given you plenty of leeway. I don’t think I mention my difficulties re Christians nearly so often as you share bits and pieces about your everyday life. You also have shared on this blog that you are not adverse to personal spiritual contemplation. I find you a wee bit projecting of your personal questions onto my personal space, which I think I have made clear (ie I will not get into discussions re theology nor the critique of scripture here.)

              NZ needs to face up to the decision of what to do about Christianity. This is not an issue we can safely allow to slide. It is a political issue for individuals to make their personal choices. The positive future tone of our society will depend upon whether we have strong committed Christian leaders along with enough leaders who are sympathetic toward, and tolerant of, Christians.

              This last statement is the crux of my message on YourNZ.

            • Mother

               /  27th January 2019

              “That does leave us with something of a lack of moral certainties, but there are plenty of Christians who differ over what those are anyway.”

              Perfect! Absolutely perfect. Perhaps now people will begin to realise that they are free to choose ‘which sort of Christian’ they want to be, if they so choose. I am not talking about denominations. I’m talking about Christianity, and almost everybody in NZ knows basically what that is without needing anyone to explain it to them.

              If people choose, they can be any sort of Christian they want to be. So long as we maintain free speech (with respect Maureen) people will truly be free to choose. Without Christianity, NZers will eventually lose freedom of speech/thought. This is a political issue. To me, it is glaringly obvious.

            • Gezza

               /  27th January 2019

              @Mother
              “Perfect! Absolutely perfect. Perhaps now people will begin to realise that they are free to choose ‘which sort of Christian’ they want to be, if they so choose. I am not talking about denominations. I’m talking about Christianity, and almost everybody in NZ knows basically what that is without needing anyone to explain it to them.”

              I’m not talking about “Church”, I’m talking about Christianity, & your hope & belief that if more Christians step up & lead the way we will have a better society. So, in relation to your comment above that:

              “Gezza, I think it is fair for me to remind you that you once said you would ignore me if I mentioned Church. I have also given you plenty of leeway. … I find you a wee bit projecting of your personal questions onto my personal space, which I think I have made clear (ie I will not get into discussions re theology nor the critique of scripture here.)”

              you need to remember that Christianity IS a theology & when you raise it in any manner here you must expect questions about how true the Bible & the religion actually are – because growth in the influence of and belief in Christianity – realistically, is extremely likely. The values or virtues it espouses might be desirable, but belief in the truth of the stories is now unlikely among a modern day educated population.

              “Without Christianity, NZers will eventually lose freedom of speech/thought. This is a political issue. To me, it is glaringly obvious.”

              No they won’t. Christianity and free speech are 2 separate things altogether. Free speech has to do with democracy, not religion.

            • Gezza

               /  27th January 2019

              Edit: because growth in the influence of and belief in Christianity – realistically, is extremely UNlikely.

              (Blimmin teeny screen iPad)

  4. Pink David

     /  26th January 2019

    “Second vote on Brexit? That was the question posed to a large crowd in Davos on Thursday. Almost every hand shot up in support of a second referendum, apart from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, who abstained.”

    Who exactly was that crowd? All passengers in the 1,500 private jets parked at the various airports around Davos, or a mix of locals from Huddersfield?

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  5. Reuters has some Ardern coverage:

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  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  26th January 2019

    The sexism exhibited by self-centred self-styled feminist reporters is remarkable mainly for their blindness to it.

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  7. duperez

     /  26th January 2019

    She may measure up, eventually?

    I don’t give a damn whether she ‘measures up’ on the crap Kardashian scale or not. The whole thing about her ‘looking good’ and coming across well to the Kardashian style media and those dependent on it is pathetic.

    Then again when Ms Ardern got philosophical about the type of country we want and the ethereal ‘well-being’ stuff there were enough who couldn’t handle that. Talking about what and why we eat, considering what is best, planning how to achieve the best is not what a PM should be doing. Her role apparently is to dole out the dish wash liquid after the eating.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  26th January 2019

      Well, yes. I would thank the PM and everyone else for that matter to get the hell out of my kitchen before I make it unpleasantly hot for them and add another fried turkey to my fence.

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