Face of the day

Paula is determined to work for at least another 15 or 20 years. And no, for the 100th time, she doesn’t have designs on the top job of leading National!
“It’s flattering that there might be people who think that I could, but actually, I get to decide my career, and I don’t think it devalues my contribution and what I’m doing that I don’t want to be the leader.”


Hmm… I remember another CoverGirl politician who claimed she didn’t want to be leader…

Jacinda Ardern in NEXT magazine

Deputy Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has shot down claims that she?s after?the party?s top job, telling?NEXT?magazine that, despite the positive reaction to her promotion, she?s not holding out to become leader.
?I just feel like there?s more people to let down now. I do feel an enormous amount of pressure. Because I know there are lots of people who don?t want me to screw up, and there are just as many who would really love it if I did,” she tells the magazine.

?It?s me knowing myself and knowing that actually, when you?re a bit of an anxious person, and you constantly worry about things, there comes a point where certain jobs are just really bad for you. I hate letting people down. I hate feeling like I?m not doing the job as well as I should. I?ve got a pretty big weight of responsibility right now; I can?t imagine doing much more than that.?