HDPA pretty much says Cindy needs to HTFU

It is a weak argument to cry sexism when someone gets held to account, in the same way that some brown people cry racism when they get held to account. The left-wing are far too quick to cry sexism, especially when they are the ones demanding equality at the same time.

Heather duPlessis-Allan says as much in her column yesterday: Quote:

It’s too easy to call it sexism. It’s also too lazy.

The Prime Minister isn’t copping criticism over her VIP solo flight to Nauru because she’s a woman. Or because she’s a mother. It’s because she shouldn’t have gone to Nauru.

The sexism accusation has been thrown over the past week. But, here are three reasons calling out the PM isn’t sexist.? ?

Firstly, a similar stunt by a man also earned him a decent roasting. In 2011, then-Foreign Minister Murray McCully burnt an estimated $61,000 flying to Vanuatu for a day-long meeting. It seemed like an arrogant extravagance. He copped it good and proper for over a week.?End quote.

Yep, and Labour ran that hit really hard, including feeding me information about the seating fit-out on the plane. Quote:

The second reason is that the real sexism is expecting the Prime Minister to go to Nauru.

She is the mum of an 11-week old baby who doesn’t yet have the vaccinations required to travel. Expecting a mother to work like she doesn’t have a dependent infant is unreasonable.?End quote.

What a load of tosh on that one. What is unreasonable is for a prime minister to take light duties after claiming she can do it all. Worse still is resorting to using the baby as an excuse. You can’t have it both ways. You are either the super-mum who can do it all, or you aren’t. Clearly, Cindy can’t.?Quote:

Real feminists wouldn’t argue that Ardern should work like a man who has a full-time wife at home. They’d argue that she should work like a mum with a wee one. Which is to say she should rewrite the rules of the job. To suit herself. So, stay home if she needs to.?End quote.

Stay home, get your pay docked. Haven’t seen that happening.?Quote:

And the final reason is that she didn’t need to go. Which is really why the PM is copping it.

Joining the Forum for one day feels like a token effort. It’s like turning up for the last five minutes of the kids’ rugger game. You can say you were there, but you missed all the important stuff like the try scored 15 minutes in.?End quote.

It was a token effort. Jacinda Ardern’s approach to work is like Kiwi Cricket. It’s about participation, not results.?Quote:

She turned up to a party no one else important bothered to join. Australia’s new PM wasn’t there. Fiji’s PM dodged it. It was hardly a gathering of powerful leaders.

Australia’s PM had a good reason: He’s new to the job. When Bill English didn’t go last year he had a good reason: The election campaign. Ardern had a good reason too: The baby.

Also, she came away with nothing. She didn’t score any major wins.

A win would have been shoving it up the Australians by getting photographed holding hands with the refugees they’re ill-treating. Didn’t happen. Or, giving the Aussies a bollocking face to face over the matter. Hard to do when the Australian PM wasn’t there.

Ardern could’ve left that job to Foreign Minister Winston Peters, seeing as his counterpart from Australia was there.

Rather, the trip felt a cynical exercise in pumping the PM’s personal brand. Mostly to a New Zealand audience. It’s good to be seen doing important international stuff. It makes the PM look more Prime Ministerial. It’s also good to be seen being fawned on by foreigners.

This is important to the Beehive.

Our PM is adored overseas. International media and world leaders love her. By now the Beehive will know it’s a bonus when us Kiwis see her representing us offshore.

Remember that photo of a pregnant Prime Minister in a feather cloak, walking through Buckingham Palace next to tux-clad partner Clarke Gayford? The couple looked stunning. They also looked Kiwi As inside a palace. Ardern’s popularity shot up in private polls.?End quote.

And where is her popularity now? What did she achieve from the photo op? What has she achieved at anything??Quote:

Ardern probably didn’t get the amazing international moment she was hoping for. The most bankable moment came when Nauru President Baron Waqa picked up his guitar and sang a song he’d written for Ardern. Mostly that was awkward. He is after all the guy running a country that doubles as Australia’s refugee prison.

And that is why the decision deserves to be criticised. Because, it so clearly was a decision that benefited the Prime Minister, not the country.

And it is not sexist to say that. End quote.

No, it isn’t. It isn’t sexist to say she isn’t up to the job either.