Key is not campaigning to have Helen made Secretary-General

October 28th, 2010 at 5:54 pm by David Farrar

report:

Mr Key was today on his way to Vietnam, where he will attend the East Asia Summit in Hanoi, but his bilateral meetings with world leaders outside the summit will draw most attention, one of those with Mr Ban.

The two were likely to discuss a possible bid by former prime minister for the secretary-general role when Mr Ban’s term ended in 2015.

Miss Clark heads the Development Programme.

Climate change, New Zealand’s bid for a seat on the UN Security Council and the Pacific Islands Forum, to be held in Auckland next year, would also be discussed.

I can only imagine that NZPA’s reporter interviewed themselves. I can’t imagine there is any way John Key will be chatting to Mr Ban about how to make Helen his successor for four reasons.

  1. First of all Ban is still in his first term in the job and has yet to gain re-appointment to a second term. There is no way you talk to someone not yet reappointed about their possible successor.
  2. Secondly his first term ends at the end of 2011 and his second term would end at the end of 2016 – so no idea where 2015 comes from. Clark’s term ends in 2013 incidentally. Anyway you don’t talk job succession six years before there is a vacancy.
  3. Helen does not speak French, and that is an unofficial requirement for the job.
  4. Also NZ belongs to the Western Europe and Others regional grouping. The job is rotated amongst the regions and the next region due is the Eastern European group.

So Helen will not be the next UN Secretary-General, and media who say she might be do not understand the UN system. She is from the wrong region (not fixable) and does not speak French (she could learn if she thought she had a chance).Also there will probably not be a vacancy until 2017.

Further, it is my personal view she does not have the skills and experience necessary to do the job. I think she was qualified to be UNDP Administrator, but Secretary-General is a very different ball game.

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28 Responses to “Key is not campaigning to have Helen made Secretary-General”

  1. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Further, it is my personal view she does not have the skills and experience necessary to do the job.”

    Or any job for that matter. (Not a real one anyway)

    I hope this is the reason John Key gives when he announces he is not supporting.

    Worst PM in NZ’s history.

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  2. starboard (2,549 comments) says:

    ..she should be in the can with cullen…gross incompetance..

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  3. La Grand Fromage (145 comments) says:

    If this is the case then someone better get their skates on and find her an overseas job post 2013 as we really dont want that cancerous old bag back in the country

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  4. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Worst PM in NZ’s history.”

    ..err Helen Klark of course.. :)

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  5. sweetd (125 comments) says:

    Thanks for making that clear Redbaiter. :-)

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  6. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    ..err Helen Klark of course..

    And the second worst? ;-)

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  7. DJP6-25 (1,389 comments) says:

    [Bevan 6:14] Muldoon.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  8. tvb (4,501 comments) says:

    Key should focus and will focus on dealing with Ban. Clark will not be Secretary Gen unless Ban fell under a bus mid term. This looks like a stupid media beat up. There will NOT be two Sec Gen from the East Asia region back to back.

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  9. Manolo (14,042 comments) says:

    Key speaks with a forked tongue. Just remember his crusade against Cullen and Clark, then his change of mind to help their elevation to loftier positions.

    Neville Key cannot be trusted on these matters.

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  10. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Can’t see a problem myself. Helen has always spoken merde. :)

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  11. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    I would like to see Dame Helen get a job where her income comes from a source other than NZ or International taxpayers for once in her life

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  12. Fletch (6,488 comments) says:

    God, one can only imagine the devastation of a Klark/Obama tag team on the UN. Socialism run rampant, and burqa’s for all.

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  13. poneke (280 comments) says:

    Helen does not speak French, and that is an unofficial requirement for the job.

    She speaks fluent Spanish which is spoken by vastly more people than speak French. If you speak Spanish, it is easy to pick up French as the two are so closely related.

    However this certainly looks like nzpa interviewing its keyboard. Danyl may have the inside goss on why.

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  14. noodle (151 comments) says:

    Ban …. who? Ah yes; a fantasist in muppet land. Spare me.

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  15. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    “She speaks fluent Spanish”

    Thats true. I believe she told her acolyte Chris to say this to Phil recently.

    “Tengo sus bolas en mi mano Goff.”

    Phil of course was happy that it wasn’t Chris who had a handful. :)

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  16. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    There is no way you talk to someone not yet reappointed about their possible successor.

    So the correct title for this post is “Key is not campaigning to have Helen made Secretary-General just yet“.

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  17. reid (16,632 comments) says:

    So it was Key that announced some months ago he was supporting her bid, right?

    Or was that a speculative report which none of us recognised as such for I recall we had a vigorous debate on at least one thread here.

    At which I said I myself thought it was rather terrif but IIRC no-one else did. So I guess I should probably say: bugger.

    It’s not that I like her or think she’d do a good job although I know she’d do a competent job, it’s that it’s good for NZ, period, in the final plus-minus pro-con analysis.

    For that reason I hope this is not correct.

    I’d be surprised if Key was angling for this in the Sec-Gen’s next term anyway, this is slow-burn long-term campaign, in the possible realm, with no harm done if it doesn’t happen.

    I agree it’s a powerful point, the regional rotation, but you’ve got a very limited pool in Eastern Europe unless you want a Russian, and they don’t traditionally appoint someone from the Permanent Security Council. That leaves Western Europe, Africa, Asia. We’ve currently got Asia, recently Latin America, Africa so it’ll probably go to Western Europe next if no-one from Eastern Europe is found.

    I would look at this 10-15 years out. Hulun is fit, strong, vigorous. Isn’t it a shame, but it’s true. She’s looked after herself all her life and in 10-15 years she’ll be seasoned and armed with allies all over. They’ll be factional allies cause that’s her style but I think that’s her plan, and she could easily do it, and why not support her?

    I don’t like the UN either in that I don’t think its only an organisation there to provide aid and humanity and I think if it was Hulun wouldn’t be interested in it. But it’s there and we can’t destroy it or change it so may as well accept it as a fact and observe it.

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  18. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    Re references to being worst PM in NZ history I can’t help but think worst PM of this fine country is roughly on a par with best UN Sec General.

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  19. Simon (760 comments) says:

    Worse PM in NZ history. That’s right.

    Clark spent nine years making rules to stuff people and the economy. Gets voted out and like hell she was going to stay in NZ having to live by the rules she created. Couldn’t wait to be gone. Outta here.

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  20. Crusader (321 comments) says:

    # poneke (201) Says:
    October 28th, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    She speaks fluent Spanish which is spoken by vastly more people than speak French. If you speak Spanish, it is easy to pick up French as the two are so closely related.

    How many people speak a language is irrelevant. It is politics that make French fluency necessary.
    I speak reasonable Spanish, but I can assure you it does not mean one therefore can speak French easily. I could not make myself understood in France – partly the Kiwi accent (and Hulun has got a hell of a Kiwi accent!) And to imagine that someone could simply “pick it up” in a few years is naive – a diplomat would need to be pretty fluent I expect.

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  21. Rich Prick (1,721 comments) says:

    But she does like carpet and may be popular with the Persian States. And Judith may get a job too.

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  22. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    Just wonderful to think that Herr Klark might be the top of the tree in the most corrupt organisation in the Western World.

    HQ in Manhattan. Think even Afghanistan struggles to compete on that corruption index or the Pakistan Cricket team, or Obamas fund raisers.

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  23. reid (16,632 comments) says:

    She’s with the Non-Aligned Nations RP. That’s going to become her base. Watch her and India.

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  24. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Anything that keeps her out my country is good, anything at the UN will ensure shes irellivant as well which is just gravy.

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  25. Scumsucker (59 comments) says:

    Helen KKKlarKKK won’t need a halloween mask this Sunday.

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  26. BlairM (2,364 comments) says:

    You can count the “good” New Zealand Prime Ministers on one hand. John Marshall. Gordon Coates. David Lange in his first term. The rest have been pants, with Clark probably being the second worst after Muldoon. Say what you like about Clark, at least she didn’t come anywhere close to bankrupting the country (except perhaps morally).

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  27. Paulus (2,659 comments) says:

    BlairM – bullshit – she left the country in a pitiful state, for which we are all paying – she and Cullen emptied the good surplus they inherited, long before the ww recession.

    And then bought a railway!!!!!!!!!

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  28. Positan (393 comments) says:

    The worst PM?

    Now, where in the stakes would that put Geoffrey Palmer???

    He inherited the job after Lange walked away, dithered for 15 months before his own party rolled him 8 weeks prior to the 1990 election. He then had the gall to accept the highest order of knighthood.

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