Thursday, May 26, 2016


On my travels I picked up on this view of Helen Clark re her bid to become the UN Secretary General from a highly respected and influential political commentator ....

"Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark is not regarded as a first-division candidate though none of the declared candidates can be absolutely ruled out.   She is regarded as a mediocre performer but, more importantly, the Americans system has deep memories that she, more than any other individual, was responsible for blowing up ANZUS and effectively taking New Zealand out of the Western alliance when she led the extreme anti-nuclear and anti-American forces in the New Zealand Labour Party".

Not sure that David Lange would agree with his demotion.

Interesting view from the other side.


Johno said...

Even "highly respected and influential" commentators take sides. Personally I don't buy the long memories story. I suspect the Americans just don't like her because she's a typical apparatchik and therefore an institutional part of the problem that is the UN.

And the Russians will veto her because she's not Eastern European, so she's got little to no chance.

Noel said...

"Highly respected and influential commentator."

Is that like "annomyous offical"?

Eric said...

David Lange's former chief adviser Gerald Hensley told the Herald there was evidence that Helen Clark controlled and directed Labour's anti-nuclear policy which led to the Anzus rift.

Michael Bassett covers the saga in some detail. Very long, but very interesting

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

They might remember also her more recent snide attacks on Dubbya. "Gore would have made a better president.'

As it turns out, Gore couldn't lie straight in bed.

The Veteran said...

Noel ... nah. Greg Sheridan.

Gerald said...

A close friend of Tony Abbot. Hmmmmmm. Mind you Tony was going to offer him the Ambassadors position in Singapore.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Bassett story Eric. Fascinating stuff. I was surprised to see a name behind the scenes that is both active today and was actively influencing the left way back then.

At the end of the day it shows that the politics was then generally mismanaged by the incompetent, nasty and combinations of such. Regrettably many have moved on to damaging bigger things than NZ's reputation. I see nothing in politics today that encourages me that we are, in respect of ethics and ability, better off nowadays than then.


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