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Saint Jacinda’s fall

Media fawning wasn’t enough to save her

11 February 2023

9:00 AM

11 February 2023

9:00 AM

That faint squealing noise Australians have been hearing over the past couple of weeks was the sound of New Zealand’s Labour government slamming on the brakes. The distant smell of burning rubber can also be explained. That was the same government executing a handbrake turn.

Jacinda Ardern’s shock resignation last month triggered not only a sharp political reset but a pronounced change in the country’s mood.

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