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Thursday, March 26, 2009

UN role for Helen Cark and the new candidate for Mt Albert

Clark role puts her at No3 in UN hierarchy
Helen Clarks's move to the United Nations Development Programme will secure her an office in downtown New York, a tax-free salary and command of a NZ$9 billion international budget. Miss Clark is poised to head the powerful agency and, if confirmed, it would in effect place her third-highest in command at the UN. That would rank it among the most powerful positions held by a New Zealander. Prime Minister John Key confirmed yesterday that it was considered more significant than former Labour prime minister Mike Moore's role as World Trade Organisation boss. But neither Mr Key nor Miss Clark would comment publicly on the likelihood of her getting the job after news of her appointment was leaked prematurely. An announcement is expected by the end of the week.

What an amazing success for Helen Cark, I get the same sense of pride when I look at her as I do when I think about David Lange, nuclear free NZ and our role in leading social movements like universal suffrage, the 40 hour week and the welfare state. Yes there were moments in her 9 years as Prime Minister that I took to the streets in protest and those moments caused great social stress within NZ, but this week is about acknowledgement of her as one of our best political leaders. Thrown out by a deluded electorate who voted for ‘change’, hounded by a despicable redneck talkback culture she has had the last laugh with an appointment that could see her in line as the first female leader of the UN. She should be congratulated and the petty bitter comments left to Kiwi Blogh, her focus to get to the UN was an early one and any of us who can manage such transition deserves respect. Well done Helen Clark, what an incredible achievement.

And we now turn to the empty seat of Mt Albert – my suggestion is someone new, someone from outside the Labour Party list, and my suggestion is Human Rights lawyer, Deborah Manning. Deborah has lived in Mt Albert, Deborah is the youngest lawyer ever to argue at the Supreme Court in defending Ahmed Zaoui, Deborah’s appointment would be a strong signal that Labour haven’t lost their social conscience and it would also be a magnanimous gesture by Clark that would heal the damage to her reputation the entire Ahmed Zaoui situation caused. Deborah Manning would make an incredible MP and with the legacy of that electorate, could be a future leader of the party.


At 26/3/09 10:57 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just listening to ZB and the hatred of those awful redneck NZers is gut churning, Leighton Smith - whom I have a very low opinion of, was trying to say 'congrats' to Helen but has been swamped with caller after caller of how awful she was for 'social engineering' - what a joke and what a nasty little place NZ is. They sounded so bitter and ugly.

At 26/3/09 12:14 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its called democracy. People don't have to like Helen Clark or her politics and are free to voice their opinion. I don't see why this makes NZ a nasty place??? Personally I think she was a fantastic leader and will be great for the UN but I also respect others will have opinions of her that will differ to my own.

At 26/3/09 12:46 pm, Anonymous kerry said...

99% of the time is the uneducated degenerates who hate Helen...cause they know they will never achieve half of what they women has done.

Congrats helen and im sure the UN will appreciate what you have to offer unlike the dorks who voted you out here.

Everytime I look at Donkey I think there must be alot of people thinking "what the fuck have we done voting that in".

At 26/3/09 12:48 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

99% of the time is the uneducated degenerates who hate Helen...cause they know they will never achieve half of what they women has done.

Followed by this:

Everytime I look at Donkey I think there must be alot of people thinking "what the fuck have we done voting that in".

Oh the irony, you can't make this shit up!

At 26/3/09 3:48 pm, Anonymous Gosman said...

Couldn't have put it better myself Anon 12:48 AM.

I might not have liked Helen Clark's policies or her general demeanour but she was an effective leader of the country and certainly deserves this role.

However I find it laughable that the same people who constantly demean John Key for basically being a Right wing Prime Minister get on their high horse when Helen Clark is attacked.

At 26/3/09 11:24 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bomber offers just the insight for Labour that they desperately need (genuinely fresh talent to offset their mostly appallingly untalented baby boomers), but I doubt Labour will take it. Nor do I want to see Labour resurrected.

Deborah Manning would be a superb candidate and MP for Labour, but why would she want to? And sadly, she would likely be ignored/overlooked by the Labour majority of timeservers desperate to get their snouts in the trough.

There is a reason Labour were ditched, and Clark was just part of it. The rest was King, Goff, Benson-Pope, Mallard, Wilson, Street, Dyson, ...... and on and on the talent vacuum goes.

Time for the Greens to damn the vote-splitting dangers, and snaffle someone like Deborah for themselves, and run a decent campaign (i.e. more than 3 billboards!).

At 27/3/09 5:54 pm, Anonymous deano said...

Tim should run lol


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