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Even Rock Stars Like Jacinda Ardern Fall to Earth

On Wednesday Jacinda Ardern, who was lauded by many, including a large number of liberal and vocal (at least until it came to criticising their own government) Singaporeans, for her decision to shut New Zealand off from the rest of the world during the early stages of the pandemic and thus almost reduce Covid-19 deaths to zero for a while, would be stepping down as New Zealand PM on 7 February.

In her time in office she had become what the New York Times calls the “global face of progressivism”, appearing to weather the pandemic successfully, though illness and death inevitably spiked upwards after New Zealand started to remove the draconian restrictions on contacts with the outside world, and also winning plaudits for the way she handled the mass killing of 51 Muslims at a mosque in 2019.

Many were surprised by her announcement given her rock star status among liberals worldwide. However her party was in trouble and lagging well behind the centre-right National Party in the opinion polls with an election due by October. She had become unpopular among voters because of issues like inflation, the high cost of living and housing affordability. In her resignation announcement she said

“I believe that leading a country is the most privileged job anyone could ever have, but also one of the more challenging,You cannot and should not do it unless you have a full tank plus a bit in reserve for those unexpected challenges.”

Ms Ardern’s resignation after five and a half years illustrates a fundamental truth about leaders in democracies. However adoring your fan base may have been initially, you and your party are only as good as the last set of economic numbers or the last crisis and voters are generally unsentimental about punishing you and voting you out if you are perceived to have slipped up. It does not matter if, as happens frequently, you have put in place plans to address the issue if those plans take too long to transform the numbers. Some commentators give Ms Ardern high marks for putting in place policies to tackle the housing shortage that will take some time come to fruition. Voters do not care.and punish failure, whether real or perceived, ruthlessly. Just as a competitive economy should lead to lower prices and greater innovation, competition between parties in a democracy should lead to better government and policies and ultimately to higher living standards for all sections of society.

By contrast LHL (and his wife) have been in power for 20 years and of course his dynasty has been in power since 1959. I do not count Goh Chok Tong’s 14 year interregnum as he was clearly answering to the Lees father and son as shown by his decision not to refer them to the CPIB over the Hotel Properties corruption scandal. In the PAP’s narrative of course they have won election after election because of their economic success in lifting Singapore from third world to first as LKY’s book was modestly entitled.

Despite the universal adulation of foreign sycophants based on dubious or manipulated statistics and their love of the fast decision making and lack of gridlock that comes with dictatorship. the PAP’s economic record is mixed at best and poor when it comes to raising the living standards of those on median incomes and below. I have shown that per hour Singaporeans on median incomes earn much less than their equivalents in the UK and the US, markedly so if their incomes are compared with those living in major cities such as London and New York, while the prices of basic foodstuffs and other items are much higher in Singapore, where the ruling party has a large share of the grocery market through PAP-controlled NTUC Fairprice.

I have also questioned the GDP statistics and the claims of the PAP to have created plentiful jobs for Singaporeans by showing that the labour force participation rate for citizens is not much higher than 50% (lower than in many high income countries including the US and the UK). It is no wonder that the Government quietly pressured UBS to drop Singapore from their survey of global cities after a survey of purchasing power as far back as 2011 found that Singaporeans’ real incomes were on a par with workers in Kuala Lumpur and Moscow.

Despite all the evidence of failure to raise living standards and high inflation and eroding real incomes, LHL has so far been the Teflon PM. At 71 he may not be a rock star but together with his dad he has outlasted many African dictators and been in power almost as long as the Kim dynasty. The Chinese leader, Xi Jin Peng, must be envious as until his rule leaders in China were still replaced regularly even if the Communist Party has a monopoly of power. It helps of course when you. corruptly have a monopoly over the media and you control what is written about you and ensure that your opponents, if given any publicity at all, are portrayed as weak, incompetent or stupid and always fighting among themselves. It also helps if you are able to crush your opponents and intimidate your electorate through your control of every institution of government including the judiciary, the AG, the SPF, the CPIB and so on as well as your control over 90% of the land and people’s savings and housing and probably over 50% of the economy. Control of the machinery of elections and the ability to gerrymander and group constituencies also helps. Until 2011 the PAP were returned to power at every election on Nomination Day unopposed and today still no party is willing to directly challenge the PAP by fielding enough candidates to form a government.

Jacinda Ardern’s resignation illustrates what should happen if you have a democracy. In Singapore we have a PM who lingers on to maintain his family’s grip on power and who, even if he steps down after the next election in favour of his mediocre puppet, Lawrence Wong, will be pulling the strings long after his sham departure from the stage. LHL’s wife and son may be waiting in the wings to pick up the reins of power despite Hong Yi’s protestations not to be interested in politics. Singaporeans need to shed their deference and over politeness towards their leader and start considering whether this meek obeisance has indeed served them well.

 

Kenneth Jeyaretnam

 

I’m a Singaporean economist who became an opposition activist. I blog to provide an alternative to the porkies that the Pinkies tell. It just so happens that my alternative is the truth. That’s why I’ve never been sued in any civil or criminal court no matter how hard hitting my criticism. I’m quoted and interviewed and asked to speak across the world but largely censored in Singapore in an effort to silence my political opinions. The left hate me because they think I split their vote and because I eschew their outmoded economic models. Models that don’t work. The Right and the Conservatives hate me because I’m a liberal. I’m not sure what the middle think of me. I don’t think there are more than a handful of people in the middle, here in Singapore. I’m a Singaporean born and bred, dual heritage, my parents Singaporean established here before the State of Singapore was created. I’m not Eurasian. I read economics at Cambridge and could be broadly described as from the Keynesian school but I believe in interventions. I was formerly a successful hedge fund manager. After economics and politics my greatest interests are history, film and Makan. I run but I run so I can eat like a Singaporean.

 

 

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16 Responses to “Even Rock Stars Like Jacinda Ardern Fall to Earth”

  • IF I remember correctly, about a year ago, the NZ police commenced an independent investigation into her vaccine mandate, i.e. injuries and death. MAYBE they have uncovered something fishy?

    IF that is indeed the case, she would of course be compelled to step down and some nice things said, BUT the world will never know the truth, not for a long time.

    And no one in the world would be wiser as to why.

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  • xoxo:

    @TRE Tech
    You are much more well informed than many of us here.
    Didnt even know thats the case.
    Well,maybe she shud have considered using China’s non-mRNA VACCINES instead of p$izer???
    Btw,please keep up the good journalistic work.
    Cheerio.

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  • @xoxo

    Like I said, I am NOT sure if that was the case (maybe it was the UK?), since there are always 2 sides of the coin when it comes to the mRNA vaccines. However, it is a fact that NZ do honestly link deaths from vaccines and they officially register them. Not like some smart-alec island health officials that use weather change to cover them up.

    It is also a fact that tens of thousands of doctors in NZ have called on the police to investigate deaths due to vaccine.

    When you do a search, some say yes some say no investigate, so we will never know what is the truth, especially in politics.

    But then common sense tells me that when you are teh most powerful person in a country, you can have all the gas in the country at your disposal and you don’t run out of gas, unless….

    Generally, if the head of a country has implemented some regime or policy that kills innocent lives, then being asked to step down is just a matter of time, IMHO.

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  • Uncle Sam?:

    Whenever a state leader abruptly resigned or overthrown, think USA first.

    NZ Prime Minister is supposed to visit China in Q1 this year. She has not sided US in various occasions but tried to strike a balance between the two countries. US of course is not happy.,

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  • Whirlpool Elisha:

    A more probable reason is the pressure from the USA.

    The USA has been working very hard to contain PRC and NZ, being a member Of the five-eye alliance, has been pressured by the USA to adopt a hardline approach against PRC.

    Reluctant to follow the road maps drawn up by the USA as she knows if following the RM too closely, NZ economy will be ruined. She therefore resisted the pressure from the USA here and there, as and when possible.

    This irritated the big brother very much. All forms of tactics, obvious and subliminal have been applied with a view to get her to conform.

    This is the reason why she threw in the towel!

    TRE Tech:
    IF I remember correctly, about a year ago, the NZ police commenced an independent investigation into her vaccine mandate, i.e. injuries and death. MAYBE they have uncovered something fishy?

    IF that is indeed the case, she would of course be compelled to step down and some nice things said, BUT the world will never know the truth, not for a long time.

    And no one in the world would be wiser as to why.

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  • Kit kat:

    Have a break,have a kit kat.

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  • Wise move:

    Wise move to step down now.Done what she could.
    Good for her.
    Deserve a good break and better quality of life.

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  • Billy ma:

    Pride come before fall.

    It always happened.

    No exception in this case.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Well pwritten Ken, with pundits giving their views on A’s resignation not the Long Haul Arse sitting in the seat of power, even maggots are having a tough time to cope with the filthy ARSES

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  • TheObelisk:

    Scene 2, exit Stage Right

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Uncle Sam?:
    Whenever a state leader abruptly resigned or overthrown, think USA first.

    NZ Prime Minister is supposed to visit China in Q1 this year. She has not sided US in various occasions but tried to strike a balance between the two countries. US of course is not happy.,

    Whirlpool Elisha:
    A more probable reason is the pressure from the USA.

    The USA has been working very hard to contain PRC and NZ, being a member Of the five-eye alliance, has been pressured by the USA to adopt a hardline approach against PRC.

    Reluctant to follow the road maps drawn up by the USA as she knows if following the RM too closely, NZ economy will be ruined. She therefore resisted the pressure from the USA here and there, as and when possible.

    This irritated the big brother very much. All forms of tactics, obvious and subliminal have been applied with a view to get her to conform.

    This is the reason why she threw in the towel!

    Stop blaming your great Americunt the master of ALL CONS/HYPOCRITE In God We Tru$t else you will be silenced and your personal assets confiscated like the Russians.

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  • Trust only myself:

    When she don’t earn millions, steeping down not so painful…………….can it be the case for the liars …..of course no.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    She did what she did after a Good 5 years as PM…Family n Home 1st…unlike a PM with broken life with siblings n Mercernaries to Guard him while siphoning millions monthly…how Stoopid can sheep be

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  • Nailpolish:

    NZ pm = ATM

    Sg pm = jackpot machine.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Stated above :-”She had become unpopular among voters because of issues like inflation, the high cost of living and housing affordability. In her resignation announcement she said

    “I believe that leading a country is the most privileged job anyone could ever have, but also one of the more challenging,You cannot and should not do it unless you have a full tank plus a bit in reserve for those unexpected challenges.”

    Ms Ardern’s resignation after five and a half years illustrates a fundamental truth….”Unquote.

    Response :Better send the corruption department to check how rich she is and where she has siphon off her rich country massive wealth until all the “full tank” of the country wealth collapse and there is no more money and very clearly,she is trying to escape off her responsibility by resigning !Show clearly that her calibre is not there and electing her as PM is dumb stupid ! With such massive wealth ,even an idiot can run a country well as there is backings if the system fails.With no more money left,obvious sure resign show what she really make up of !

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  • @Soccerbetting2

    I am surprised that the lady mods even allowed that comment to pass through instead of deleting it.

    Better send the corruption department to check how rich she is and where she has siphon off her rich country massive wealth until all the “full tank” of the country wealth collapse and there is no more money and very clearly,she is trying to escape off her responsibility by resigning.

    Count yourself lucky that Jacinda’s surname is no Lee and that she is not Sinkieland’s politician, else you will be taking a queue number at High Court waiting to hear how much you would need to pay her for defamation.

    What you said does not qualify as an opinion, more aptly a very serious accusation of Jacinda being corrupt, that is defamation.

    I could easily have deleted the comment and case closed, but I left it there to explain to you why some of your comments are not ever posted. You have a tendency to insult and accuse others, especially women, clearly not allowed under our AUP and TOS.

    I do not know what stones you have to pick with women, but please tone down and watch your language if you do not want to waste your own time typing a comment only to never see the light.

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