Jacinta Ardern has always been very intentional with her use of language!
The resigning Prime Minister of New Zealand said “I hope I leave New Zealander’s with a belief that you can be kind but strong, empathetic but decisive, optimistic but focused,” A leader well ahead of her time who has been subjected to the most heinous threats trolling and slander. It seems when younger women not only succeed but actually outclass the males in their field the vitriol becomes extremely dangerous. Her young daughter is often included in those vile death threats, where does society draw the line?
apologies, I’ve changed to firefox and am now unable to download internet images … hope I find a solution soon!
Ardern coined the term “they are us” in the initial hours after an horrendous slaughter at a Mosque. Meant to convey unity and inclusion yet these words have been twisted from spite, jealousy and all those harmful emotions.
When other PMs, Australia’s in particular, were damaging trade alignments with China by using terse accusative language. She shifted her language on China in 2021, when Ardern flagged it was becoming “harder to reconcile” the differences between the values of Beijing and New Zealand.
She is wise, insightful and kind beyond her years and should be praised but instead she became a target …
frankly I never thought I would be including a ‘politician’ in my ‘wordsmith’ category, so I’m very glad that I found this exception!
As today is Invasion Day, politically called Oz day, I am adding this amazing video which says so much!