A choice of last resort

When will the world learn?

NZ, the left-liberal cultural backwater, along with Canada, has committed one of the two cardinal sins:

a. Never appoint a leftist to anything, least of all govt;
b. Never appoint a woman.

Reason for the latter?

a. She’s invariably the wrong sort – Gillard, Clinton, May or else she’s a Marissa Mayer or Aung San Suu Kyi. They give off the impression of being a compromise person, a soft leader after, perhaps, a right bastard, but sooner or later, it is not good.

b. The main reason it’s not good is that even though it does not fall completely apart, it stagnates and doesn’t move forward, because of the nature of Woman, who is there to balance factions, appease, bring peace, be the nurturing mother, or else she’s a hang -em high like Carly Fiorina or Flint. That doesn’t get the necessary things done in a decisive way. A woman can never drain a swamp.

c. The only three reasons women are appointed are:

[i] Virtue signalling in today’s climate;
[ii] They are easier to control for the PTB;
[iii] It was going down anyway.

This blog has consistently said the above but also that Woman has other qualities which make her peerless, important qualities [although the crop of the last two decades have been pretty poor specimens overall]. Women should, just as Men should, play to their strengths.

Some people cite Meg Whitman as a success but many beg to differ:

The problem doesn’t start with the CEO; it starts with the board that selected her. HP was fundamentally a hardware, services and printing company. While Carly Fiorina had invested heavily in software development, Mark Hurd reversed much of this effort while he was there (which may make you wonder what the hell he is actually doing running Oracle). One fascinating thing is that there has been a significant turnover in board members at HP over last 15 years, which may explain why they repeated the mistake tied to both Fiorina and Hurd’s failures—making Meg Whitman the CEO and executive chairman.

The thing is, it’s subtle. Both Mayer and Whitman can point to some successes here and there and these are blown out of proportion as major victories when the fundamental problems for the company are not being addressed, because of the nature of the CEO. Like Jim Hacker, she ‘does all right’ in a paint by numbers way but does not inspire, lead – she just takes care of day to day business and always with that female chip on the shoulder about kudos.

And as the article says, there are plenty of men failing too – start with boards of companies, political party chairmanship. They put the wrong people in, for reasons listed further up in the post. There are vastly more men, therefore there will be proportionally more failures. That does not disguise that the percentage of failures of women in key roles is almost total, with a few shining exceptions here and there – people who access the expertise on tap.

But ultimately, it goes nowhere. Great administering on a day by day basis – see Sarah Huckabee in the US, Hope Hicks … but that’s it.

In NZ, for that double reason at the top, it will be a slow grind downwards, as it has been for every nation that’s ever done it.

6 comments for “A choice of last resort

  1. Mark Matis
    October 22, 2017 at 14:41


    But then she did have larger balls than any PM you have had since…

  2. Mudplugger
    October 22, 2017 at 14:55

    Not much sign of China appointing a lady leader, and they can choose from 600 million of them.

    As for Jacinda Ardern, it’s only New Zealand, so who gives a toss – it could just as well have been one of the sheep, we’d not notice the difference.

    • james Wilson
      October 22, 2017 at 21:46

      Funny thing is, in China they mark separate parking spaces for women with wider dimensions. No fuss, no signalling, just of course why wouldn’t you do it that way. They may have similar views of gender and power. Not a great mix. They need wider lanes. Plus, the memory of Madame Mao may still be sharp.

  3. October 22, 2017 at 17:26


  4. james Wilson
    October 22, 2017 at 22:03

    Politics is the process of thinking toward the future in broad terms like principles and aesthetics. It requires people to take a strong stand because any idea will face a torrent of forces trying to tear it apart, dumb it down or invert its meaning. Women detest argument, love conversation. In politics the right vector or general direction counts. The details get settled later and cannot be anticipated in advance.

    Nature has shaped women instead toward gaining social consensus. Their job in any situation, like in the archetype specific to them in the home, is to make everyone feel calm and accepted. Then they work out the details. For them, all is detail; there is no hierarchy or outline, but an unchanging goal of stability and peace, and from that they negotiate everything else. They are very adroit in social situations, unparalleled in family care and nursing, and devastatingly wrong in political situations.

    Looking at American and European politics, we can see this in action. American women were the crucial group that elected Bill Clinton, generally on the basis that he was “good for race relations” and would establish pacifism between racial groups. American women also participated in electing Barack Obama for the same reason. In Europe, women dominate governments because they are perceived as safer and less warlike than men, with the female vote constituting a bloc they can count on to keep them in office.

    We can see the evolutionary role of women playing out through those qualities. First, they pacify; then, they negotiate through details for what they think is a good compromise. The result is an inability to take any direction and then, as a result, a default to whatever the dominant direction is. Under female suffrage, the West has slid further down a path that will obviously not resolve well, simply through the process of compromise.–Bret Stevens

    In other words, women in politics are at war with first principles.

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