My objection to Jacinda Ardern has nothing to do with her pregnancy, because you are right: she can take 6 weeks off and let the deputy PM be Acting PM in her absence. She is not married to her partner, but that is not a Constitutional requirement for New Zealand’s Prime Minister, either. It is nobody’s business but her’s and her partner’s. Combining these two roles can be made to work.
My objection is that she is an extreme Left Wing fanatic, openly anti-Capitalist and anti-American, yet was happy to climb into an Alliance with the extreme Right-Wing NZ First Party in order to take power away from the Centrist National Party who won the most seats in the Election. I suspect that wasn’t obvious to a writer from Washington DC, but that moral failure cannot be overstated: it is as if Kevin Rudd or Julia Gillard had formed a Coalition Government with Pauline Hanson’s One Nation party in Australia, or as if Hillary Clinton sought the backing of the Klu Klux Klan.
What it shows is that the core value of Socialism, and of Jacinda Ardern in particular, is still the thirst for power at any cost, even selling your Soul to Winston Peters! She is of the same ilk as Lenin, Stalin, Mao, the Kim Family of North Korea and Pol Pot: the rhetoric is always “Power to the People” but the actions are always “All power to me at any cost!”
I predict a bad three years ahead for New Zealand, but this will have nothing at all to do with Jacinda Ardern’s pregnancy, but with her politics and her lack of a moral compass.
I also suspect that most of the comments about “choosing between motherhood and leadership” came from women, not men. Sadly the Sisters are much harder on each other than they are on men, and far harder than men are on women.