Jacinda Ardern made the admission in a John Campbell report on state propaganda unit 1News tonight.
‘I remain absolutely clear, and I want to reinforce, that I did not leave because I felt I was been given too much of a hard time.’
‘Sitting in the back of my mind was this question and belief that perhaps my departure might bring the tempo, the heat, the friction that had come into politics, that it might take it down a peg. And, if it did, that would be good for New Zealand.’
Legacy mainstream reports at the time of Ardern’s resignation placed the blame for the shock announcement squarely on buzzwords like ‘mysogyny’, ‘sexism’, ‘hatred’ or ‘vitriol’. However, the former Prime Minister’s explanation undermines this view, admitting that she had become a hugely divisive character and that her departure from the top job was the best thing for the country.
In a stunning admission, Jacinda Ardern refuted claims by mainstream media cheerleaders that she resigned because of misogynistic abuse and basically agreed with her critics: that she had become a divisive figure who’s resignation was needed to reduce tensions in the country. pic.twitter.com/q4uv763OiD
— The Zeitgeist (@TheZeitgeistNZ) April 4, 2023