Herald on Clark

October 4th, 2008 at 8:36 am by David Farrar

The NZ Herald does a performance review of :

  • MOTIVATION:As strong as ever, perhaps even stronger.
  • VISION: Improving after a lean patch earlier in current term.
  • LEADERSHIP: Has increasingly polarised the public the longer she has remained in power.
  • JUDGEMENT: Still sound, but occasional lapses.
  • CUSTOMER SATISFACTION: Declining.
  • MANAGERIAL STYLE: Basically unchanged.
  • COMMUNICATION: Still all over the media when it matters – and often when it doesn’t.
  • HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT: Impressive.
  • OVERALL PERFORMANCE: Still a prime minister very much in her prime, while other long-serving colleagues are starting to fall by the wayside.

I think the is being too generous in a couple of areas. I have always said that Clark is skilled in many areas, but would question their reasoning on leadership and judgement.

The Herald said:

Rating as preferred prime minister remains extraordinarily high for such a long-serving premier – around double the level of Jim Bolger and Jenny Shipley prior to them losing the keys to Premier House.

Not true for Jenny Shipley. One News Colmar Brunton poll had Shipley at 30% on 11 November 1999. Helen Clark incidentally was at 24%. The latest One News Colmar Brunton had Clark at 31% and Key at 40%.

So Clark is at the exact same level Shipley was just before the election. The big difference is the Opposition Leader (Key) is around two thirds higher than Clark was as Opposition Leader in 1999.

The Herald also said:

JUDGMENT

Still sound, but occasional lapses. Cautious and conservative, she always consults widely before making critical decisions.

Experience has taught her to hold nerve and avoid panic responses to fleeting crises as the public memory is short.

Politically costly reluctance to heed majority view on anti-smacking legislation was driven by personal wish to pass legislation which might help halt child beatings.

Seeming blind spots on Labour’s pledge card heist and flawed Electoral Finance Bill.

Also got herself in a muddle over Owen Glenn twice in one year. Should have wiped her hands of Phillip Field far earlier but was worried about losing Pacific Islander vote.

More lenient to Winston Peters than his behaviour warranted, but she was wary of the damage he might inflict had she ditched him completely.

I contend that is more than an occassional lapse. On almost every major issue this term Clark has made the wrong call. In the first two terms she had generally sound judgement, but her third term has been misjudgement after misjudgement – the pledge card, attacking the Auditor-General, refusing to pay it back until forced to, the anti-smacking law, the defence of Taito Philip Field and Yes Minister type inquiry designed to find no fault, the Electoral Finance Bill, not ditching Benson-Pope earlier, allowing Winston to get away with lying and false evidence, not delivering tax cuts earlier.

Put it like this, what major issues did she make the right call on?

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14 Responses to “Herald on Clark”

  1. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    Interesting comments here from the Herald. The left wing are convinced that TNZH is part of the VRWC.

    I guess if it was more in the style of a North Korean newspaper, it would be less right wing.

    We can keep debating the minutae of all the policies, but for Labour and it’s Police Force to try and convince us that Crime is down is actually a story too far.

    Violent Crime is up. 16 more violent cases a day. They have failed on Law and Order.

    Just amazing spin, and so detached from reality.

    The MSM are full of dreadful stories day after day. It actually occurs to me that there is possibly more crime in NZ per 100,000 capita, than the UK.

    And that I think the Brits crimes are also getting worse despite the gloss that the Statistics issued. Same amount of Crime in nastier circumstances.

    The best defence that NZ has is the border control. UK has no such luxury, and that is why the decreasing crime statistics lack credibility.

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  2. democracymum (616 comments) says:

    In terms of motivation I believe that Helen Clark’s strongest motivation has always been herself.
    ie. What is best for me? I think this is the basis on which she makes all of her decisions.
    For example, she didn’t want to get married, even cried on her wedding day, not because she loved her
    husband and was overcome with emotion but because she believed as a rising female politician that it was better for her to be married. Right there you gain an interesting insight into the woman, and her decision making throughout the years.

    I think this is a fundamental difference between her and John Key.
    I watched John last night on Closeup making breakfast for Mark Sainsbury.
    Friendly, affable, and “ambitious for New Zealanders”
    A man who kicks a ball around with his son after work and does the family grocery shopping
    because he likes to chat with people in the aisles.

    Interestingly Helen has not yet decided to front in the same way.
    I guess she is still weighing up if it will work to her advantage or disadvantage.

    John Key is very comfortable at home because he loves his wife and family and you can tell it is not some
    artificial scene created to make him look good.

    Unlike Helen I believe his motivation is to serve others, ironically the Closeup piece showed him doing just that.

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  3. jafapete (757 comments) says:

    “JUDGMENT: Still sound, but occasional lapses.”

    Hell, where’s the Herald been these past three years? I’m afraid I’m with you on this one DPF. Oops, I’m not supposed to say that, am I?

    Oh well, back to CNN. At least the news coming out of the US is all good, and this stuff is really very, very small pond.

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  4. Redbaiter (11,880 comments) says:

    “I think the NZ Herald is being too generous in a couple of areas”

    In all areas actually, and if the craven leftists posing as journalists in this country ever awoke to their real responsibilities, Klark would be exposed for the crook and cronyist she really is. She and Winston Peters are up to their necks in deceit, and if we had a real newspaper, rather than a pale imitation of the Liberal Democrat New York Times, she and Peters would have both had to resign weeks ago.

    The media were once entrusted with the task of protecting our democracy. The lily livered shysters in journalism today are working hand in hand with those who would destroy it.

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  5. reid (16,759 comments) says:

    democracymum you’re exactly right in my view. Clark is an extremely negative personality whereas Key is extremely positive.

    In my observation since the day she became PM, Clark has been obsessed with knowing whether she’s winning or losing, ahead or behind on each and every issue. That’s why she uses polls so heavily. The degree to which she does this is far in excess of what other PMs have done and borders on obsession. The root cause of this behaviour is self-concern.

    She’s also an extremely angry personality. You frequently see her reigning in her aggression.

    She also doesn’t seem to derive any personal satisfaction from her achievements. Since her time in office she hasn’t mellowed one little bit. This often happens with perfectionists who expect themselves to be good at everything they do and consequently don’t achieve growth through experience in the same way as the rest of us.

    She’s also stubborn, rigid and inflexible – just look at her behaviour over Peters for example.

    All of this adds up to an extremely negative personality and it’s bloody lucky for the country that we’ve had such an unusual global economy during her reign since if we hadn’t her rigidity would have spelt disaster for all of us.

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  6. Murray (8,803 comments) says:

    Jesus H. Christ on a two wheeled transportation device!

    What clusterfuck have they been watching?

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  7. PhilBest (4,757 comments) says:

    Agree with the above people, it would be possible to score Adolf Hitler quite high on some points (Motivation, Vision…..) but fa crying out loud, even this late in the piece for the Heleban, can the Herald not help themselves……??????

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  8. reid (16,759 comments) says:

    Well it was Armstrong who wrote that. What else would we expect from him?

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  9. Redbaiter (11,880 comments) says:

    “Well it was Armstrong who wrote that. What else would we expect from him?”

    Was it Armstrong? Well damn typical then. This country will never improve until we break free of the destructive power bloc that is the leftist intellectuals and their simpering media acolytes.

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  10. thedavincimode (6,891 comments) says:

    Interestingly, there is no mention of her horrifying misadventures with members of the dentistry profession.

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  11. baxter (753 comments) says:

    The litany of lies, cronyism, dishonesty, and gerrymandering that the media choose to ignore with respect to her rule is staggering while at the same time they rush to crucify any opposing misdemeanour or glitch by her opponents.That she simply can’t be trusted, has hidden agendas, and has destroyed the moral fibre of the Nation is surely self evident.

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  12. goodgod (1,317 comments) says:

    That list from the Herald is a joke. Only someone who hadn’t been in NZ or watching the political situation for the past two years could have written it. In fact I think it’s just made up – it bears no resemblence to reality.

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  13. RRM (10,104 comments) says:

    NOOO!! We all know Helen Clark is the embodiment of pure evil! Let’s not waste time discussing any of those ideas rationally!!

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  14. NeillR (351 comments) says:

    Unlike Helen I believe his motivation is to serve others, ironically the Closeup piece showed him doing just that.
    Shurely you’re forgetting the piece before the last election where Holmes interviewed Clark and Davis in their home. Oh wait, it was Davis who made the tea, i guess Helen just doesn’t stoop to manual labour.

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