An analogy not for the faint-hearted

By George

A word of warning: The written image I?m about to describe is not for the faint hearted:

Imagine Grant Robertson, the Minister of Sports, clad in lycra, squatting over his starting blocks in lane one of a hundred-metre race. In lane two is Usain Bolt. They are the only two in the race. The gun goes off, the race is under way and Usain does what he usually does and crosses the finishing line about nine and a half seconds later.

He does his customary ‘archer pose’, grabs a Jamaican flag from the crowd and does a lap of honour, signing autographs, posing for ‘selfies’ and giving brief media sound bites along the way. But, always the sportsman, he returns to the finish line to cheer in his rival Grant, who three and a half minutes later crosses the line.

In the media box is a sports reporter from Fortune Magazine. In his haste to get his scoop he sends a brief message to his publishers, ?Grant Robertson, the second fastest man in the world behind Usain Bolt?. And dutifully, the headline is published the next day. That is the second most misleading headline they have ever published. The worst was a few days earlier when they published ?Jacinda Ardern: The world?s second greatest leader?.

Let?s look at who fills the number one spot: Bill & Melinda Gates.
From January 1995 through to the end of 2017 the Gates Foundation has donated $45.5 billion to international charities.

That funding has launched, and then continually supported, what global health experts widely acknowledge to be some of the most successful international, private-public partnerships ever formed.

Fortune Magazine.

Not to mention being the co-founder of one of the biggest and most successful companies in the world. (Microsoft).

Second: Jacinda Ardern

An unmarried mother living in a state house in Wellington, New Zealand. Mentors other beneficiaries on how to become a ?rich prick” without intellect or experience.

(Not published in Fortune Magazine).