Seriously, though

As usual, my 60-minute psychotherapy session ended up with me talking for 110 minutes or so, and at some point the topic of conversation was New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, about whom I said this: “I don’t agree with much of what she says, but by gawd, she’s fun to watch.”

Someone else of whom I might say that is New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who apparently drew some flak for her shoes, of all irrelevant — and yet interesting — things. Shortly thereafter, this appeared on her Facebook page:

Jacinda Ardern shows off some inappropriate footwear

Ardern dwells in some of the same political space as AOC: she’s the head of the Labour party, which is definitely left-leaning without being as insane as Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party in the UK; she has a domestic partner, TV presenter Clarke Gayford, but they are not technically wed just yet. (Wikipedia uses the word “fiancé,” which suggests a ceremony to come.) Their daughter was born while Ardern was in office; she’s only the second head of government to give birth while head of government. (The first? The late Benazir Bhutto, of Pakistan, in 1990.)

Jacinda Ardern sits near the window

Jacinda Ardern, perfectly serious

Jacinda Ardern, cheerfully informal

Ardern on the Christchurch killer this year: “Speak the names of those who were lost, rather than the name of the man who took them.”

It’s a policy we could well adopt here.

And sometimes, yes it is true, she’s sported some odd shoes.

1 comment

  1. Roger O Green »

    9 June 2019 · 6:06 am

    Not mentioning their names has become fairly common. I saw it, in some quarters, after the VA Beach shooting. And tomorrow, I’ll write why I’m not sure it’s such a hot idea.

    All that said, I do find Jacinda quite fascinating.

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