This is weakness is it?
Jacinda is supposedly weak because she didn’t just sack Meka over an allegation that was blown up in the mainstream media as an orgy of violence.
What we are hearing isn’t insightful political comment, it is the projections of old bitter pundits who have no sense at all of what Jacinda’s leadership means.
Jacinda is Gen Y, for her, inclusion and respect are the touchstone values. She is waiting on due process with Meka and she gave Clare the dignity to make the announcement of her standing down.
That isn’t weakness, that is character.
You think she was weak when she took over the Leadership of Labour when it was bombing at 23%?
The reason Jacinda is pushing so hard for all these inquiries and inquests is because inclusion is where she gains her authority to make decisions, it’s a strength, not a failing.
Jacinda’s critics view politics through the old Baby Boomer frame of winners and losers and as such their commentary is jaded and a judgement of insecurity rather than political insight.
We are witnessing what power looks like when it is wielded by a generation that sees working together as the ultimate success, not the individual glory of winning and losing.
These tired old pundits are yesterdays values judging todays power while giving nothing to tomorrow.