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Ardern's resignation shows that women still face an uphill battle in politics

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By Farida Jalalzai

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What uphill battle? She attained the position that is at the top of the hill in NZ politics.

Any leader whose failed Covid programs result in the highest infection and death rates in the world, and whose economy plummets into recession is going to be severely criticized, regardless of gender.

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Any leader whose failed Covid programs result in the highest infection and death rates in the world

You would have a point if this were true regarding NZ. But it isn’t.

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Bob FosseToday  08:43 am JST

You would have a point if this were true regarding NZ. But it isn’t.

I usually try not to feed it, but what the heck:

*Modelers estimate that each Omicron-positive New Zealander is infecting an average of 4.64 other people — the highest rate among 180 countries analyzed.*

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/03/03/world/australia/new-zealand-covid-omicron.html

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its good that she is gone.

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Ardern's resignation shows that women still face an uphill battle in politics

This header is bull. If you can’t take heat, man or woman, stay out of politics.

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Watch that guy, he seems to have become more powerful since officially resigning from UK politics to focus on his 'institute'...

Tony Blair. A character so insidious that snake-oil salesmen seem like paragons of virtue in comparison.

That same article states that Ardern is

...a career politician with a degree in communications who worked as a senior policy adviser to Tony Blair’s government, in many ways, Ardern is the perfect embodiment of this new breed of media-savvy, professional Labour politician.

So she's always been a party hack focused on messaging, not of substance. She's never had a job outside politics, so she really has little idea how people function in the real world, hence the incompetence lurking right below the manufactured facade of kindness.

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Women can be rubbish leaders too you know

Yes. Liz Truss didn’t reach the level of rubbish.

Looking at the UK over the past few years, Ardern was far better than Johnson or Truss.

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Interesting opinion piece about a women leader in charge of an economy with a lower GDP than the state of South Carolina, or Alabama.

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Interesting opinion piece about a women leader in charge of an economy with a lower GDP than the state of South Carolina, or Alabama.

Surely American states are irrelevant to this topic. It’s something that only New Zealand voters can understand. /s

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Yes! Being a WOKE male leader is easier than being a WOKE female leader. Trudeau is still there! If he's a woman, he would have been gone too.

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Go woke, go br…Hang on.

Go woke, win elections?

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Bob FosseToday  03:53 pm JST

Surely American states are irrelevant to this topic. It’s something that only New Zealand voters can understand. /s

Then you'd be wrong because more than half the article is about women leaders from countries other than NZ.

One of those countries is the United States,

South Carolina is a state in the US.

Nikki Haley (go Google!) is a female who was the governor of South Carolina recently. She led a state that has a higher GDP than NZ.

Oh Bob, you're too easy. You walked right into that one.

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when photo says more than you can admit....

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@kniknaknokkaer

Agree with that. If I think of the three female leaders of the UK, Thatcher was ousted because she basically went nuts, May lost a majority in an election she didn’t need to call and lost the respect of the party and Truss was a total car crash.

All 3 had to go. The fact they were female didn’t add or subtract much from what I could see.

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I could just as easily write an article titled "Ardern's resignation shows that women still aren't up to the task in politics." And it would be as much of a stretch as this article. Some people have to twist every story to suit their pet narrative.

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