What was behind Jacinda-mania – and why did it finish so immediately? – podcast


Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s outgoing prime minister, has stated main the nation was “the best privilege of my life”. She leaves workplace right this moment having led New Zealand via its response to the worst terrorist assault in its historical past and the Covid pandemic.

Because the Guardian’s Tess McClure in Auckland tells Michael Safi, world adulation for Ardern, significantly in progressive circles, has made her an unlikely celeb politician. However in New Zealand her legacy is extra advanced. The nation – like a lot of the world – is within the grip of hovering inflation, and its housing is among the many costliest on the planet.

Ardern cited now not having “sufficient within the tank” to proceed as prime minister, however her ballot scores in latest months had dipped and, in an election 12 months, her Labour social gathering is projected to lose its governing majority.

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