Getting overly excited over a Guardian story

January 29th, 2014 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Prime Minister John Key says the Government would throw its weight behind any bid by former Prime Minister for the top job at the United Nations in 2016, but said it would be a tough ask for her to secure the post.

Helen Clark, who heads the United Nations Development Programme, was tipped in Britain’s Guardian newspaper as a front-runner to take over from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon when his term runs out in 2016.

The Guardian ran an interview with Helen Clark, in which she was asked if she was interested in the job.

She did not confirm it outright, but clearly hinted it was in her sights, saying: “There will be interest in whether the will have a first woman because they’re looking like the last bastions, as it were.”

Asked again if she would run, she said: “If there’s enough support for the style of leadership that I have, it will be interesting.”

Mr Key said he had not received any advice of her intentions, and it would be a hard job for her to get.

“It would be well and truly sought after and these things are deeply political. But she’s done a very good job as the administrator of the UNDP. We would back her, but whether or not she can actually get there, I don’t know.”

Regardless of how Clark has done at UNDP, I think it is highly unlikely she would be a viable candidate for the top job. This is for several reasons.

The first is the very strong convention that there is regional rotation based on continent.  We are seen as part of Western Europe, as we are part of that region for Security Council voting. But that doesn’t help us as most third world countries don’t want a Western European to head the UN.

Eastern Europe is the only region not to have supplied a Secretary General, and regional rotation is very important.

A further factor is that every other UN SG has not already been a UN official. The career path is usually from being a current Foreign Minister or diplomat. The exception was Kofi Annan.

Also a factor is that the host region has to unite behind a candidate for them to win. Would the EU unite behind Clark or one of their own?

In Clark’s favour is she is a woman, and many will say time for a female UN Secretary General. But history shows regional rotation is more important than gender to member states.

Another factor is the unofficial requirement to speak French, which Clark doesn’t do.

My pick is a bilingual woman from Eastern Europe is likely to be the next Secretary General.

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45 Responses to “Getting overly excited over a Guardian story”

  1. Joanne (177 comments) says:

    The mainstream media get excited about the Guardian (one newspaper) asking her a couple of questions. Yawn.

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  2. dirty harry (517 comments) says:

    She looks eastern european and she is bisexual so..aw sorry ya wanting bilingual, my bad.

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  3. MPH (18 comments) says:

    It’s not just a Guardian story. She is widely considered within the UN as a viable contender, and there are plenty of stories and articles about it. There is a credible argument that it is WEOG’s turn. Question is whether Eastern Europe (and Russia) can get behind a candidate and stake their claim.

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  4. Duxton (657 comments) says:

    She may not be able to SPEAK French, but…….

    Seriously, does Middle Earth figure in the rotation policy? With those bulging eyes, flared nostrils, terrible teeth and bad attitude she would probably have the Orc vote sewn up.

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  5. Tautaioleua (318 comments) says:

    French belongs in the twentieth century. Spanish will be second to Chinese as the most spoken languages on earth by 2030. The UN has failed to capitalise on this trend.

    Most native French speakers are decent English speakers too. There’s no need to be fluent in both.

    I heard Ban Ki-Moon’s English address at the university a few years ago. He’s terrible. I hope his French is better.

    :-)

    Besides, I don’t think Helen Clark is the type to entertain the idea if she knew she didn’t stand a chance.

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  6. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Interesting analysis. It would be a massive achievement if it did happen. Good luck to her if it is on the cards.

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  7. Manolo (14,082 comments) says:

    The NZ government would throw its weight…?

    Really? I don’t see any other benefit than keeping comrade Clark away from our country.
    Her faith is of no importance to NZ, and the government should not support this unabashed socialist.

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  8. Duxton (657 comments) says:

    On a truly serious note, well done to John Key for offering NZ’s support. In addition to being a magnanimous gesture (could anyone imagine a Layabout Govt ever supporting a National MP for a major overseas post?), it will also help shut her up during election year.

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  9. Muzza M (292 comments) says:

    If Clark did get the job, then the predictions in the book of Revelations may come to fruition.

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  10. redqueen (583 comments) says:

    Seriously, one article in the Guardian in which she doesn’t even admit something, just doesn’t deny it, and we get multiple articles in NZ…quoting the Guardian. Tells you what our ‘media’ spend their time reading, but also how little they have to say themselves (perhaps someone from NZ should bother to interview an ex-PM to find out?)

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  11. Reid (16,638 comments) says:

    Depends whether Putin can influence the Eastern Europeans. Not many know it but she’s a protege of his. She’s also mates with Tony Blair and anyone who’s been paying attention to what he’s been doing in his consulting business will know that he also has influence in Eastern Europe.

    The influence of those two were probably a big reason why she got the UNDP job and as we all know, she was big on moving NZ out of the tight five and toward the non-aligned nations group when she was PM, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s been making some significant plays with those countries in the last six years.

    That leaves Africa, the ME and the Asian nations. Haven’t been paying attention to Africa but wouldn’t be surprised to see some significant UNDP projects going in there, with appropriate kickbacks to people who matter, of course.

    I don’t know if she’s a front runner partly since I don’t know who the competition is, but in the UN where even small countries count, that’s a lot of countries she’s potentially already got sewn up.

    Not that I want her to win. She was the worst PM NZ has ever had. She would be the same at the UN. But that’s her mountain that she’s chosen, as many of us picked when she left here. And I wouldn’t be surprised to see her climb it.

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  12. Kea (13,359 comments) says:

    “She looks eastern european ”

    You have to be joking ! They are stunners around that region.

    The UN is a terrible and corrupted organisation. Clark is an ideal fit for the job. I agree with Key.

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  13. Paulus (2,672 comments) says:

    She may not speak French, but she knows much crap language better than most.

    A left wing newspaper, the Guardian beat up following a women’s speech in London.

    Pure rubbish like Clark.

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  14. burt (8,324 comments) says:

    DPF

    Might be time to republish the size of the donations NZ made to the UN 1999-2008 – Since Key is talking about throwing our weight behind her – that is – lets see what actually defines “weight” in terms of getting a job at the UN.

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  15. ManuT (56 comments) says:

    Not a chance. Too bloody ugly!

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  16. DonC (9 comments) says:

    Regions taking it in turn? The first two Secretaries General were both from Scandanavia

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  17. Ross12 (1,456 comments) says:

    I thought there was a report on the performance of the UNDP a year or so back which not very favourable. ( I remember it got hushed up very quickly at the time)

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  18. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Who cares, so long as it does not come back here!

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  19. 2boyz (266 comments) says:

    Helen Clarks a woman, well I never!

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  20. dave53 (91 comments) says:

    AS MPH notes, there have been a flurry of such stories. The Telegraph was another.

    Clark speaks fluent Spanish. Most of Latin America speaks Spanish, a language that has far more native speakers than French.

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  21. artemisia (256 comments) says:

    Ross12 (784 comments) says: January 29th, 2014 at 3:47 pm
    I thought there was a report on the performance of the UNDP a year or so back which not very favourable. ( I remember it got hushed up very quickly at the time)

    True, but to be fair it mostly related to the time before she was appointed to the role.

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  22. big bruv (14,165 comments) says:

    Helen Clark is a disgrace, she led the most corrupt government in our nations history. Given that, she is a certainty for the UN top job given that corrupt organisation.

    It is also correct to say that Clark purchased her job at the UN with our tax dollar, she decided that she would use our money to ensure she got a job and the left remain silent about it.

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  23. Ross12 (1,456 comments) says:

    Artemisia

    I have no view either way on HC getting the top job , but surely the UN do not take that long to review and write a report. HC would have been in the job at least 3-4 years at the time it came out.

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  24. jawnbc (93 comments) says:

    If Mary Robinson’s interested, Clark’s candidacy is toast. Or Micheline Bachelet.

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  25. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    ross: Who would give a stuff what your socialist-indoctrinated leeching views are?

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  26. nasska (11,822 comments) says:

    igm

    Whoa…..Ross12 is one of us. It’s Ross69 who works undercover for Cuba.

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  27. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    nasska: Hell I can now see he wars start! My humble apologies.

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  28. Sponge (237 comments) says:

    Duxton @3:21 – Layabout Govt ever supporting a National MP for a major overseas post?

    Don Mackinnon?

    I do though agree that their record is poor.

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  29. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    What would happen if it got the job, its husband of convenience could not join it, owing to an indiscretion, necessitating Goff (when her Minister of Defence) ordering a RNZAF plane to urgently get him out of the States. Why have we never had these details furnished? I suppose media are under direct orders from their union and political masters not to pursue it.

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  30. RRM (10,034 comments) says:

    My pick is a bilingual woman from Eastern Europe is likely to be the next Secretary General.

    RRM likes bilingual women from Eastern Europe. :-)

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  31. burt (8,324 comments) says:

    I still can’t understand why Key (National) would support her – is it because she is a Kiwi – is that enough to ignore the damage she did to NZ while looking after her own best interests of getting a 3rd term ?

    It’s a serious question – the Labour party with Clark as leader were possibly the most self serving government to ever tilt the playing field in their favour in so many ways …..

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

    Asked again if she would run, she said: “If there’s enough support for the style of leadership that I have…”

    If that doesn’t sound a warning to other countries, nothing will.

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  33. Fletch (6,497 comments) says:

    One can only wonder at the damage being done by this wicked woman at the UN.
    She wreaked havoc when she was PM of New Zealand, pushing her socialist agenda.

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  34. Richard Hurst (874 comments) says:

    Just think how fast her car could go as UN Secretary-General! It would make her need for speed in South Canterbury while she was PM seem like a snail crawl.

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  35. burt (8,324 comments) says:

    Richard Hurst

    Hurry hurry or I’ll miss the Rugby ;-)

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  36. Graham Sharpe (6 comments) says:

    At least Ms Clark has some experience in dealing with corruption, so she should do OK at the UN.

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  37. MH (817 comments) says:

    I can speak Fluent. HC speaks F Luent. If she resigns from that post half way thru her term can we have another UN by election. Well you wouldn’t want to go fast to watch a game of international NZ soccer.

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  38. Michael (912 comments) says:

    Is David picking Irina Bokova as the next head of the UN?

    Eastern European (Bulgarian)
    Foreign Minister and Diplomat, including a posting as Ambassador to France. Lives in Paris.
    Former head of UNESCO.

    Although she has recently created controversy by planning to host an exhibition on the 3500 year link between the Land of Israel and Jewish people. Had to cancel it due to diplomatic pressure from Arab nations.

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  39. LabourDoesntWork (291 comments) says:

    The leftist fanatic has called for a global tax. It’s things like that that endear her to the UN more than her gender. Her crowing about millions of NZ taxpayer dollars funneled into population control organisations no doubt helped her get the number 3 job at the UN. That’s right, folks: this witch calls herself a feminist and pro-reproductive rights but supports forced abortion in China.

    Leftists will say anything to get people to like them.

    It’s good to know she can win on merit with these dictators without appealing to her gender. It must be liberating for her not having to lie about who she is, like to a bunch of dupe voters in some back-alley democracy serving as her launching pad to global domination. (“Muahahahaaaaaa!!!!”-H. E. Clark)

    Just as Rush Limbaugh hoped for Obama to fail in his agenda, let’s hope the UN will continue to be a failure and a joke. Nothing reflects so badly on NWO conspiracy theorists than pointing out what a joke the UN is. So take heart.

    Helen Clark: Mostly harmless…but stay tuned

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  40. lolitasbrother (751 comments) says:

    very funny Farrar, I like the joke. I think we can despise UN

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  41. KiwiGreg (3,260 comments) says:

    If she had to stay at the UN for a new job wouldn’t that put even more strain on her marriage?

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  42. Sonny Blount (1,794 comments) says:

    I can’t imagine a woman as head of the UN for some time.

    How many of the voting member nations have had their own female heads of government yet?

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  43. Kea (13,359 comments) says:

    Sonny Blount, as long as she continues to show the proper disdain and contempt for Western society and white people she will be fine.

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  44. tvb (4,519 comments) says:

    We are part of the Asian bloc those we are Western European in outlook. Clark made a strange comment about there being hostility towards a woman holding this job. She can throw her hat in the ring and who knows but I doubt it.

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  45. hj (7,067 comments) says:

    Have 2 women ever been caught at it?

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