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Why Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Was The Wrong Leader For New Zealand
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See also: Christchurch Massacre: Yes, It’s Terrorism, Yes, It’s Tragic—and Yes, Elites Could Halt It, By Halting Immigration. But They Won’t.

New Zealand has a very serious problem. Of course, any Western country would be in trouble in the wake of a malcontent of European descent massacring 50 people in a mosque and live-streaming it over Facebook. From Ireland to Australia, such an outrage would certainly lead to attempts to tighten the Politically Correct screw, to further suppress criticism of immigration and multiculturalism, and to move towards an even more authoritarian Leftist state. But in New Zealand, the situation is so much more serious…because the Prime Minister is emotionally unstable, even by female standards. And, although it’s no longer Politically Correct to mention, that’s saying something

Almost everything that 38 year-old Jacinda Ardern has done in the wake of the bloodshed in Christchurch has spoken volumes about her perilous psychological state. Forget the impetuous, knee-jerk reaction of banning semi-automatic weapons [Assault rifles to be banned in New Zealand in aftermath of massacre, Prime Minister announces, Sandi Sidhu & Helen Regan, CNN, March 21, 2019,], and the convulsive efforts to curb the internet, including a bizarre ban on the U.S.-based financial website ZeroHedge. [NZ Threatens 10 Years In Prison For ‘Possessing’ Mosque Shooting Video; Web Hosts Warned, ‘Dissenter’ Banned, by Tyler Durden, March 18, 2019] Ardern has had the Muslim call to prayer broadcast across the country. She has publicly donned Islamic dress, when not even in a mosque, in order to show solidarity with New Zealand’s Islamic community, and she has encouraged other Kiwi women to do the same—in other words, ironically, to conform to a patriarchal aspect of Islamic culture. [New Zealand Will Broadcast The Muslim Call To Prayer Across The Nation And Have Jesus Removed From Their Parliamentary Prayer, by Alex Graham, Defiant America, March 20, 2019]

In a curiously superstitious reflex straight out of the Harry Potter series, in which the villain Voldemort is referred to as “he who must not be named,” Ardern won’t even mention the name of the Australian in custody for the Christchurch bloodbath. [New Zealand “will give gunman nothing – not even his name”, Jacinda Ardern vows, Sky News, March 19, 2019]. And she literally burst into tears during the memorial for those killed in the attack. [New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern bursts into tears during Friday sermon, The International News, March 22, 2019]

Ardern has gone miles beyond the status-playing virtue-signaling that we would expect of mainstream politicians—who of course are responsible for bringing unassimilable Islamic immigrants to New Zealand in the first place. Even the appalling Tony Blair (for whom Ardern once worked) did not have homosexual anthems played after the bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in 1999. She has behaved in such an extreme way—“A leader with love on full display” according to the BBC [Jacinda Ardern: “A leader with love on full display”, by Ashitha Nagesh, BBC News, March 21, 2019] that one starts to question her state of mind.

And this is not just spiteful speculation. Jacinda Ardern’s mental health problems are a matter of public record.

Of course, females are, in general, higher than males in anxiety [Women are far more anxious than men – here’s the science, The Conversation, June 10, 2016]. But Ardern is extreme even for a woman. In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian in 2017 Ardern’s thoroughly sympathetic female interviewer noted that:

“It is an impressive performance from a politician who said for years that she was not interested in leading the Labour party, let alone the country. She has given multiple reasons, including a desire to have a family; a concern that her anxiety would preclude her from the top job, the condition having “ballooned” during her time as deputy [Prime Minister] and a wariness about the demands of the job, something she observed working for the then prime minister, Helen Clark, in 2005…

Ardern has frequently spoken of her anxiety. As recently as June, she said she was not cut out to be Labour leader : “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’ve got what it takes”: Jacinda Ardern interview, by Eleanor Ainge Roy , September 15, 2017. Emphases added]

What the Guardian journalist failed to mention is that Ardern’s anxiety is not the kind that can be controlled with a course of anti-depressants or some therapy. It is so acute that she has apparently spent periods in psychiatric hospitals, rumors which she evasively failed to deny when a journalist put them to her. [Jacinda Ardern bats off health rumours: “I am robust enough”, by Dan Satherley, News Hub August 25, 2017]

In the Islamic communities before which Ardern, as the symbol of the New Zealand state, has prostrated herself, Jacinda would likely be dismissed as “insane” or even possessed by a jinn, the Islamic equivalent of demon.

People who are high in anxiety live in a world of constant worry in which nothing seems to make sense, not even themselves. They crave structure, order and simple reassurance. For this reason, they are prone to periods of intense religious and ideological fervor [Primary personality trait correlates of religious practice and orientation, by P. Hills et al., Personality and Individual Differences, 2004], in which their world briefly makes sense—and also to dramatic conversions to opposite worldviews and identities. [Prey Into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience, by Maurice Bloch, 1992]

This is exactly what has happened in Ardern’s life. She was brought up a Mormon but left the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 2005 just as her Social Justice Warrior identity became ever more pronounced. Reportedly, it was the issue of gay rights which led her to leave and also set her on a journey which, by 2017, resulted in her declaring herself an agnostic.

One can only imagine all of the tensions, feelings of betrayal and conflicted emotions in the mind of someone who has tried to balance Mormonism with atheistic Multiculturalism and intense sympathy for Islam. How much worse must this psychological chaos be for a chronic anxiety sufferer?

Anxiety is also associated with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, which might explain Ardern’s refusal to voice the name of the live-streaming Australian devil.

And to make matters worse still, Ardern gave birth, while already Prime Minister, on 21st August 2018. Considering her history of mental health problems, it would be a miracle if she wasn’t suffering from postnatal depression: frightening thoughts, constant sadness, anhedonia. Maybe that’s why she’s noticeably underweight.

Ardern also breastfeeds [Jacinda Ardern: “Having a baby around changes the tone a little bit”, by Eleanor Ange Roy, Guardian, August 10, 2018]. Though this does reduce anxiety, lactation also makes females less suspicious and makes them score higher on the “Socialization scale,” rendering them more inclined to build consensus and cohesion [Changes in personality pattern during the first pregnancy and lactation, by B. Sjögren et al., Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 2000].

To put it simply, on the morning of the Christchurch Massacre, New Zealand was led by a lactating woman struggling with an episode of intense anxiety and depression, as well as deep and unresolved personal conflicts over religion, patriarchy and her sense of self. This unusually empathetic woman—while in the U.S. she worked in a New York soup kitchen, and, anyway, her empathy would be heightened by lactation—was confronted, as national leader, with immigrants whom she likely sees as the child-like oppressed, of whom she is already worryingly unsuspicious, being butchered.

This not only created a sense of chaos, a terrible thing for an anxiety-sufferer, but triggered all manner psychological conflicts she suffers from about patriarchal religion—the religion of her youth was, after all, polygamous until the late nineteenth century; Islam remains so—and, simply, who she is.

This all manifested itself in what amounts to a public breakdown which Ardern has done her best to induce in an entire nation, with a considerable measure of success. New Zealand appears to have gone completely mad—witness the banning of books by Jordan Peterson, who not only has never advocated violence, but is actually critical of white identity politics. [Jordan Peterson’s ’12 Rules for Life’ pulled by New Zealand bookseller over Christchurch mosque attacks, by Andrew Russell,, March 22, 2019]. It’s all rather reminiscent of extraordinary outpouring of emotion in Britain when Princess Diana was killed.

Jacinda Ardern is a living, weeping embodiment of the problem of politics becoming too female dominated, especially by feminine females, as in the U.S. Democratic Party today..

She is making political decisions are made based on empathy for the invader for whom she has an unhealthy level of trust, on the value of cohesion at any cost, and on anxiety-induced emotions.

Of course, the Anglosphere has been indoctrinated into not questioning whether such a person is suitable to lead the country, potentially in times of war.

Sadly for readers, Ardern at one point seemed to be a throwback to an earlier type of left-wing politics, in that she actually campaigned on reducing immigration and formed a coalition government with Winston Peter’s New Zealand First party, which has made immigration patriot noises in the past. [Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters on making their relationship work, by Tracy Watkins, Stuff, Oct 25 2018]

All that appears to be out of the window now. Although reducing Muslim and non-traditional immigration is the obvious answer, Ardern reacted angrily (“a disgrace”) to Australian Senator Fraser Anning for pointing this out. [Anning should face law over Islam slur: PM,,, March 17, 2019]

There couldn’t be a more perfect storm for New Zealand than a mosque massacre under the Prime Ministership of a woman as emotional and stressed as Jacinda Ardern.

Lance Welton [Email him] is the pen name of a freelance journalist living in New York.

(Republished from VDare by permission of author or representative)
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  1. All this may well be true, but it personalizes the problem of ‘multiculturalism’ just a bit too much. Ultimately, this problem is common to all western nations–not just Kiwistan–and has its origin in movements, groups and doctrines that have little to do with Ardern’s psychological troubles. Even if she keeled over tomorrow, we’d still be stuck with the problem of the Multicult.

  2. Sean says:

    In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world in which women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act of 1987 confirms that NZ has always taken advantage of its backwater status to pretend it is ethically superior.

    A bit like Ireland with its gay half Indian PM, only a matter of time before a Muslim is PM in NZ now. New Zealand is like Ireland in the middle of nowhere, and like Ireland, NZ is a free rider tax haven sticking it to the Western democracies. Also, huge economy of scale milk production operations in New Zealand are going to put every dairy farm in Britain out of business. Ireland too.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  3. 22pp22 says:

    I live here. We are in hell. They have set up a semi-official secret police force with the Orwellian name ProjectLoveNZ. It’s already having people fired from their jobs.

  4. peterAUS says:

    …. the Prime Minister is emotionally unstable, even by female standards…

    Ardern has had the Muslim call to prayer broadcast across the country. She has publicly donned Islamic dress, when not even in a mosque, in order to show solidarity with New Zealand’s Islamic community, and she has encouraged other Kiwi women to do the same—in other words, ironically, to conform to a patriarchal aspect of Islamic culture.

    ….Ardern has gone miles beyond the status-playing virtue-signaling that we would expect of mainstream politicians…

    Spot on mate…spot on.

  5. The Prime Minister is a horrible human being, a traitor to her country and her people.

    She’s low IQ degenerate, an irresponsible nitwit…..just another shabbos goy sellout POS.

  6. Ardern must be removed from office and prosecuted.

  7. fenestol says:

    Tony Blair (for whom Ardern once worked)

    She has more muslim blood on her hands than Tarrant does. Perhaps subconscious guilt drives her madness.

    Will NZ oust Ardern before she renames Christchurch to Muhammadmosque?

    • LOL: Digital Samizdat
  8. There are “feminine females” in the Democratic Party? Name one!

  9. @Sean

    In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world in which women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

    No, Wyoming’s women voted in the 1890 US Congressional elections. That would have been the first legislative body elected by women, albeit only 0.3% of it– and 0.14% of the population. New Jersey’s women, some of them anyway, did so a century earlier, but that was a mess, and few count that.

    … that NZ has always taken advantage of its backwater status to pretend it is ethically superior.

    Like Vermont. And, like Vermont, they’re easier on guns than the rest because there has been little of a local crime problem.

    • Replies: @dearieme
    , @Anonymous
  10. Pharmakon says:

    Interesting article. A more conspiratorial mind might even entertain the thought that, after this recent act of terror and due to its fringe location in the, so-called, “Western world”, NZ has been turned into a test-bed for the next level of human rights (specifically, free speech and freedom of information) infringements by the higher ups. Regardless, the concept of “freedom” is seriously outdated (at least, since the dissolution of the USSR) for it no longer serves the purpose of a marketing differentiator between “us” and “them”. Totalitarianism wins the day – what is new?..

    • Replies: @Brabantian
  11. Within an article abundant with facts and reason, the breast feeding point is an unnecessary reach. Even if the behavioral affects of breast feeding are measurable, in Ardern’s case they are buried below the summation of her alarming pathologies, not to mention whatever chemical cocktail she has almost certainly been prescribed by some mental health grifter.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  12. In the Islamic communities before which Ardern…has prostrated herself, Jacinda would likely be dismissed as ‘insane’ or even possessed by a jinn

    Islam takes a dim view of all women. For example, a hadith [Sahih Bukhari, Vol 1, Book 6, No 301] records the Prophet addressing a group of women:

    ‘I have not seen anyone more deficient in intelligence and religion than you…The women asked, “O Allah’s Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?” He said, “Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?” They replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her intelligence. Isn’t it true that a woman can neither pray nor fast during her menses?” The women replied in the affirmative. He said, “This is the deficiency in her religion.”’

  13. dearieme says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    (Some) women had the vote in some English parliamentary constituencies until their right was removed by the Great Reform Act of 1832, in the name of uniformity.

    I dare say there were other anomalous cases elsewhere in Europe.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  14. @Pharmakon

    Regarding the “conspiratorial mind”, and how “NZ has been turned into a test-bed for the next level of human rights infringements”, we have the fact that:

    Every major government and police agency which has reviewed the ‘Christchurch mosque shooting video’, knows that it is a fake by the Western / Anglo intel agencies – with the real killings apparently carried out by intel agency mercenaries, ‘Brenton Tarrant’ apparently an Israel-linked cut-out, and Muslim witnesses impeded from saying ‘it didn’t go down like that’. From ‘Shooter Video is a Phoney’:

    Every serious analyst reviewing the New Zealand Brenton Tarrant mosque shooting video, finds credibility-nullifying elements of hoax and fraud – the ejected rifle brass casings turning into vapour, obvious computer graphics; the lack of damage in walls and windows from rifle fire; the lack of physical reactions & screams in bodies being shot; the barefoot victim shot down, having socks on two minutes later, etc … with the likely purpose of distracting from real mosque killings done by government-hired operatives, killings which we didn’t see on camera.

    The ‘white nationalist’ boogeyman is obviously very long-term useful & narrative-friendly, to prop up as alleged shooter.

    With New Zealand the government threatening prison for having the video, and internet services generally all blocking people from viewing the video and seeing that it is patently a fake, they have a free hand to launch all their sought-after agenda items:
    – Demonisation of European-heritage white people seeking to preserve their cultures
    – Massive censorship and demonisation of anti-immigration talk, cross-cultural critique, and all sorts of other topics
    – Firearms restriction and confiscation
    – More government control of everything to terrorise people’s opinions, expression, and thinking, and make them submissive to social-engineering oligarchies

  15. @22pp22

    They have set up a semi-official secret police force with the Orwellian name ProjectLoveNZ.

    You’re joking, right? That’s just like the ‘Ministry of Love’ from Orwell’s 1984!

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  16. @dearieme

    If you go only by universal adult suffrage, it would presumably still be 1890, when Wyoming became a state and voted in federal elections. The UK didn’t have equal suffrage until 1928, when the voting ages were aligned.

    New Jersey’s quirk is that only unmarried women and widows could vote. The property requirements disqualified married women– the property was in their husbands’ names.

    Like I said, it was a mess.

  17. @Digital Samizdat

    You’re joking, right? That’s just like the ‘Ministry of Love’ from Orwell’s 1984

    Wasn’t “Gangnam Style” produced by Korea’s Ministry of Culture?

    Could that be taken as an act of war?

  18. @Brabantian

    Sounds like a good reason to hang on to your semi-automatic.

    Remember when false-flag operations still respected human life? Like when the French government destroyed a radio tower to discredit Breton nationalists?

  19. @Brabantian

    Full disclosure: I have not seen the video nor any segment thereof, and I have no intention of tracking it down and watching it. Therefore I cannot comment upon its supposed fakery.

    However, with that being said, I rather doubt that Christchurch was perpetrated by a secret strike force of Deep State mercs. But it was indeed extremely weird. It’s almost impossible to imagine anybody being actuated by the motives claimed by the shooter in his loopy manifesto. For instance, the idea of deliberately creating a 2nd Amendment crisis in the United States by massacring Muslims in New Zealand—who the hell thinks like that? The very notion of it is ridiculous. The act is not at all well calculated to produce the desired effect, and is correspondingly not the kind of thing that any legitimate intelligence agency would come up with. Absolutely nothing is going to happen to Americans’ gun rights because of Christchurch, and it is not believable that some young Australian would even care enough about America’s 2nd Amendment to throw his life away over it.

    Rather, I suspect that, like Aurora theater shooter James Holmes, what we have here is a case of a deranged individual who had long fantasized about committing mass murder for no reason other than his own sick inclinations. He tried to dress up his carnage as a political statement—a ruse which he effected latterly and poorly—not out of any genuine belief in a political program, but solely as a means of amplifying the mayhem and the media coverage. It would be just as wrong to take these rumors of a false flag seriously as it would be to latch onto Jacinda Ardern’s program of emotive conciliation. In equal and opposite ways, both attitudes are simply trying to get some mileage out of the crime, and both are imputing to it much more gravity than it deserves.

    Now that “Lance Welton” has graduated from HBD Ignoramus Hack to Armchair Psychologist Provocateur, he may wish to direct some of his newfound insight not towards the womanish inanity Jacinda, but to the much more obviously defective mental state of the shooter.

  20. Anonymous[675] • Disclaimer says:

    ProjectLoveNZ. It’s already having people fired from their jobs.

    Bwahahaha. I’m really sorry but that’s both horrible and funny.

  21. Anonymous[675] • Disclaimer says:

    Also, a woman her age giving birth likely includes some kind of hormonal treatment.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  22. Anonymous [AKA "Concerned Female Kiwi"] says:

    Yes, the massacre was a disgusting event and we ordinary kiwis were shocked and mourned in the name of humanity, as any normal caring human would. However it is just turning into a complete asylum down here now. Overreactions, censorship and witch-hunts of ordinary citizens. Your observations are accurate and it is frightening just how out of her depth and enabling our pm has been since the unpopular coalition formation and especially now – what’s next? Exactly the chaos that the attacker wanted but to even suggest that is treason… We must retain our freedom of speech. Help us!!! Keep writing.

  23. Pharmakon says:

    The video does, indeed, look weird. That said, I’m not an expert in the field so I cannot ascertain the video’s authenticity. Whether the whole thing was planned by the higher ups or it was a one-man show – the consequences are nothing to be surprised by. This has been the standard SOP for the past couple of decades now. Also, the fact the NZ has been designated as a reserve for the filthy-rich may have something to do with suddenness and aggressiveness of the measures taken by the Gov’t. The plebs need to be disciplined – no way around it.

  24. New Zealand is a mess right now. More and more often we say nothing as persons of questionable, or no background, and less ability (see: Obama, Macon, May, Merkel, Ocasio, the Ukrainian comedian, Aderen, and a few POTUS candidates for 2020 like Buttigieg ) wind up running things. It’s odd times we’re living in. The only real statesmen I can name right now are Russian. i.e. Lavrov and Putin. I think I can toss in Bashar Assad and Kim. That says volumes for the West.
    These oddballs are in office because they were selected, sent to acting school, and backed by billions.

  25. Anonymous [AKA "serenity"] says:

    Ms. Ardern did mention that she and her partner needed medical intervention to conceive so she was aware in the run up to the election that she well maybe pregnant when she became PM.

    My main worry is that she is completely unaware of political Islam and its ambitions. Signing the UN Compact that took control of our refugee programme was a major mistake – surely some of her advisors have educated her about this ideology and the damage it has brought to Europe and the UK. NZ is a small country where the general population is ill informed about this aggressive religion and seems to think that because Jacinda has shown them such an outpouring of love and compassion that they will assimilate and integrate in a way they have not done elsewhere. Her unthinking and uneducated behaviour will only serve to increase their demands for a special place in our mainly secular society.

    She has done NZ no favours in her desperation to see herself as a worldwide saviour with her face over all the newspapers and magazines in order to secure a position at the UN to further her socialist globalisation ideals (and her personal adulation).

    Her personal election promised projects of eradicating child poverty and rehoming the homeless (the very reasons she said she entered politics to eliminate) have been largely ignored in her quest for world attention – in fact the numbers have almost doubled during her tenure. So much for Saint Jacinda.

  26. Anonymous [AKA "007nz"] says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Oops I think you may have misunderstood. NZ was the first country to give women the vote.
    Wyoming isn’t a country.

  27. Anonymous [AKA "TheBigThink"] says:

    You’ll get more traction if you stick to the observable evidence that she is low-IQ, unstable and suffering from a mental illness. Thatcher was a woman and I consider her a good leader, even though I didn’t support her policies at the time. It’s perfectly possible for an exceptionally talented woman who can survive of four hours of sleep a night to combine motherhood with executive power. Look at CEO Helena Morrisey for example – nine kids! But she has rare talents and, unlike Ardern, has a supportive husband.

    That’s why you should have the best person for the job regardless of sex, gender and all that other nonsense.

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