I sometimes wonder where we’d be as a country, without Helen Clark chiding us and telling us where we should be.
I mean, how have we got this far, without her in charge anymore?
Not done complaining about the “home invasion of noise” at Eden Park, she’s also pushing for a move to low traffic neighbourhoods. That is, streets reserved just for the residents who live in them – no through traffic, more cycleways, widening of footpaths.
The Helen Clark Foundation says it’ll be better for our health.
Yet speaking of health, this is also the person aggrieved with the cannabis referendum result. So aggrieved in fact, she wants the Government to rethink it’s stance.
…Ok, ok, ok.
2 things here.
1 – Do we all have a favourite hate Helen Clark moment?
Of course we do!
You can’t be a titan within NZ politics the ways she was and there not be moments you turned away in disgust and anger. For me it was her unconscionable decision to confiscate the foreshore and seabed and the fact she only decided to dismantle the war on drugs after she had the power to do so.
But her righteousness on cannabis reform, her foundations vision when it comes to better designed urban spaces and her leadership on a range of intellectual challenges confronting us at a macro level is unequalled domestically.
Her Eden Park tantrums are the frustrations of a grand old dame who feels she deserves some peace and quiet in her twilight years, and you know what, she probably deserves that.
Hawkesby’s shallow criticism has as much legitimacy as attacking Dr Ashley Bloomfield for his low key suit selection.
Like, sure, you could criticise Bloomfield for dressing like a Government Official at the opening of a Pet Crematorium in Wellington but why be a dick and say that?
What makes this more galling however is that it’s Hawkesby who is criticising Clark for chiding us?
Which beings me to my second point, where the Christ does Hawkesby get off lecturing others on chiding us?
I thought Kate’s hateful attack on a garden in a prison and her weird attack on Meghan Markle were pretty awful columns, but basing an entire one on what MPs wore at a retreat seems so shallow it’s difficult to do anything other than mock it.
The only good news is that the NZ Herald have moved her opinion pieces out of the politics section and into the lifestyle section.
We need WAY more chiding from Helen Clark and far less anything from Kate Hawkesby.
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