Morgan Godfery

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New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern’s appeal was always in her personality. The ‘relentless positivity’, as she called it in 2017. Photograph: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

In one sense it feels as if Jacinda Ardern, who came to office in 2017, was the perpetual prime minister. In the collective memory, time fractures into the innocent period before the Christchurch massacre, the White Island eruption, the pandemic and then the exhausting period post.

In each period – both before and after that defining summer from December 2019 to February 2020 – it feels as if the constant was Ardern. It’s difficult to imagine any other prime minister cutting through their bureaucracy’s cautious advice, their cabinet’s hesitancy and their citizenry’s uncertainty to make the decision to lock down a country of five million and work towards eliminating Covid-19.…  Seguir leyendo »