Performance Review: 2018 Jacinda Ardern PM NZ

By George



It has become apparent that you were clearly unaware of the magnitude of the commitment and the maturity required for the position of prime minister of New Zealand. You have, on several occasions, clearly exhibited your inability to comprehend the complexity of your appointment. The evidence of this is that you, and those in your cabinet, continue the practice of outsourcing responsibilities in search for policy guidance.

This has exposed the lack of expertise and capabilities in your cabinet and has subsequently led to unnecessary and considerable expense. We are rather concerned that many decisions are being made by those who were not given a mandate by the electorate.

Another concern is the evidence that the personnel within your cabinet, those who you had selected and appointed to oversee these tasks, are lacking suitable qualifications or experience. This identifies a substantial weakness in your ability to recognise appropriate talent. This fragility in your leadership is a concern.

Another indication of your inexperience is your lavish enthusiasm for setting unrealistic goals and targets. This has become a source of embarrassment for you, your ministers and the country. It is not unreasonable for the citizens of New Zealand to expect realistic forecasts. Your inability to grasp this fundamental expectation suggests a considerable vacuum in your competency to identify what is practical and what is not. This is a disturbing development that can only lead to adverse outcomes.


This is difficult to measure. If your quality of work were exclusively measured by results, then there is considerable evidence that you have fallen well short of expectations. It must be acknowledged that you have exhibited admirable enthusiasm, but it has become evident that such enthusiasm masks your many shortcomings that have been exposed during the last year.

To measure your work quality is problematic because many of those who you entrusted to deliver have let you down. As prime minister, it is your responsibility to respond accordingly. There is evidence that you have a reluctance to address your ministers’ shortcomings and that is why your quality of work, when applied to effective action and decisive leadership, is questionable.


It would normally be absurd to include an assessment of the prime minister’s attendance and punctuality under normal circumstances but unfortunately, in your case, it has become necessary. A major disappointment to the electorate was to be informed that you had planned, and had succeeded, to fall pregnant prior to your appointment to the role of prime minister.

This fact was a deliberate concealment which can be interpreted by some as deceitful. The issue is not that you chose to have a baby but rather your selfish expectation that the country could be governed at your convenience. The unprecedented expectation that a newly appointed Prime Minister would require six weeks maternity leave within the first year of their appointment suggests that your priorities were not focused on your job.

Your insistence that you can perform your elected duties may be well-founded in theory but in practical terms would be a stretch too far for a mother of a new-born. As this is an appraisal of your performance, our feedback has to reflect the facts which cannot be concealed by a politically correct response. Your external parental commitments can only be made possible by a reallocation of your responsibilities to other members of the coalition. This is not ideal and this is reflected on the rather flawed outcomes that have occurred under your watch.


Your planned strategic programme is driven by your entrenched ideology which supersedes the country’s desire to maintain a healthy and functional society. Your socialist agenda has been forced upon the electorate without due consideration of the consequences of your many loose and irresponsible declarations.

Your ?captain?s call” regarding the oil industry highlights your inability to engage in a consultative process and identifies an arrogance unbecoming of a prime minister. This is unacceptable to those who are accustomed to a rational and inclusive process of governance. The consequences of declarations such as this will have far-reaching negative impacts on many people’s lives and will, potentially, be very damaging for the economic stability of this country.

This was a rookie mistake more aligned to a dictatorial administration. To declare a ?captain?s call” is an outrageous abuse of the power entrusted in you. Your initiative would be well served by doing what is right for New Zealand and therefore your obsession to engage in programmes of social engineering must be abandoned forthwith.


You have excellent communication skills but your ability to engage with those above the celebrity belt is questionable. Children and the young find you fascinating by virtue of your status. The media, women’s magazines and various other lightweight publications see the novelty in a young recent mother becoming prime minister. Your many photo-shoots and lengthy interviews afforded to such publications suggest you are at your most comfortable whilst in this environment. What is clearly missing is your ability to comment with maturity and with knowledge on matters that are important to New Zealand.

Your attempt at projecting leadership on economic matters is superficial and shallow. What is clear is your reluctance to engage in serious debate on such topics. As prime minister the expectation from the electorate is for you to have a sound grounding and knowledge in this area. There is no evidence of this.

One glaring weakness, which can only be described as your selective listening, has emerged. You have ignored the electorate’s concerns on several occasions, the most recent being immigration. Your determination to make policy against the will of the majority was clearly highlighted when you committed New Zealand to the United Nation’s Global Migration Compact. Your reluctance to engage in open debate represents a closed mind which alienates the people whom you were elected to serve.

This raises the issue of trust and honesty. You appear to be more committed to those who embrace your ideology outside the politic landscape of this country than to those who will inherit the results of your flawed agenda. You can’t be trusted. Without trust and honesty, there can be no respect.


Unfortunately, the position of prime minister is not ?a learn as you go” appointment. You were thrust into a role you were ill-equipped to handle and therefore some of the blame has to be laid at the feet of your party. One assumes you had the option to turn down the appointment; but you didn’t. Your political portfolio identifies you as a radical socialist. Your first comment as prime minister was to denounce the advantages of capitalism.

You have a very significant blind spot when declaring your alliance to socialism and that is very clearly evidenced by the collapsing economies of countries which share your like-minded ideology. Your political views have alienated many of our historical and trusted allies. Finally, your declaration of ?being the most open and transparent Government we have ever had” was a phrase of fantasy. The combination of your many glaring shortcomings, as outlined, can only result in an over all rating of ?fail”.

After a very short consideration we have decided that, in the best interests of our country, its citizens and our trusted allies, we have to recommend that your appointment cannot be allowed to extend beyond your current contract.

The New Zealand Electorate.