Memory loss besets ageing female leaders

Whaleoilers will remember that President Clinton’s wife, a woman in her seventies, told the FBI a couple of dozen times that she could not remember details of her using an insecure email service for receiving classified information. Donald Trump was of the opinion that her poor memory disqualified her from the presidency, and that is how things turned out.

Another aging female ex-politician, our very own Helen Clark, also suffers from failing memory. She told the news media that she had never heard of Sir Ray Avery, and Whaleoilers know this to be not true. Contrary to the allegation advanced in Whaleoil, however, I would contend that Ms Clark did not lie. She is a highly respected former public servant, the error obviously derives from the memory failing that besets ageing female public figures. She is an honourable woman, no more a liar than Mrs Clinton is.??

Another distinguished but ageing female leader is Dr Pauline Kingi. She is described by both the Labour government and the New Zealand Herald as a ?well respected public servant.? She too obviously suffers from the same failing memory as Mrs Clinton and Ms Clark. She cannot recall endorsing the capabilities of policeman Wally Haumaha, despite doing so 23 times.

That number comes from investigative reporter Jared Savage in the NZ Herald, so it must be true. Mr Savage describes Dr Kingi as a ?well respected public servant? and we can be sure he would not have copied this praise directly from the government’s press release without first investigating its accuracy.

Whaleoilers can be sure, therefore, that 67-year old Dr Kingi is not lying through her teeth but suffers from the failing memory of ageing female leaders, known to the medical fraternity as clintonitis. It is to be hoped that treatment will be more effective that it has been with Mrs Clinton and Ms Clark.