Three female leaders

The good: Angela Merkel

The bad: Julia Gillard

The ugly: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

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28 Responses to Three female leaders

  1. south

    The badass: Margaret Thatcher

  2. Token

    The ugly: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

    So it is not a good idea to get around term limits on individuals by switching the husband for the wife?

    Why does Hillary Clinton’s name come to mind now?

  3. hammygar

    yada yada etc. Julia’s beaten Abbott by the length of the straight.

    Abbott will be gone by the end of January. Good riddance. Turnbull will be back.

  4. .

    I feel sorry for women that they are “represented” by these women.

    This is why affirmative action is a bad idea.

  5. candy

    Perhaps kevni will be back by end of January too ….

  6. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Merkel at least presents herself as she is and probably always has been. The fact that she is a woman seems neither here nor there; she does not overplay this. As it should be.

    Gillard makes a great play of being a ‘female leader’ beset by ‘sexism’: that is quite false and also unnecessary. Drop the helpless female bit. A leader is a leader first, then a woman.

    I don’t know much about Cristina. Generally, standing in for hubby is not a great step forward for women leaders.

  7. Why the ugly? Apart from actually telling the IMF to go do to itself the same sort of things commonly wished for on here, I’m not seeing much ugly.

  8. Dianne

    Now I know that you shouldn’t respond, but I really can’t help myself today…

    “Julia’s beaten Abbott” – do you think maybe people are unahppy that he hasn’t turned around and told the ALP to go fuck themselves – I’m pretty angry that he hasn’t….

    So perhaps the “beaten” is really something else….

  9. Jannie

    Do not react. It is too blitheringly stupid to justify adult attention anyway.

    On topic, it reminds me of The Second coming

    “The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.”

  10. Major Elvis Newton

    Despite her welcome and obvious disdain for the EU, I am struggling to think why Angela Merkel should be characterised as ‘good’.

    For a so-called conservative she has been extremely effective at compromising Germany’s energy security and business advantages by pursuing a ridiculous green agenda.

    After first declaring multiculturalism in Germany to be an “utter failure” she has since adopted an appeasement strategy targeting the growing Muslim population; declaring that “Islam is part of Germany” and that Germans should “expect more mosques”.

    Machtfrau Merkel also possesses eerie similarities to Julia Gillard:

    - Membership of strident left-wing youth groups;
    - Childless;
    - Few real friends;
    - Fashion sense consists predominantly of ill-fitting pant-suits.

    And both possess all the ethereal beauty of a bulldog chewing a wasp.

  11. Myrrdin Seren

    Hmmmm

    Probably going in over my head here – but it’s Monday.

    Julia Elaine may be “bad” in terms of her political delivery and governance, but she has largely limited the damage to Terra Australis.

    In turn, I base my views on Mrs Merkel from commentary by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in the UK Tele, who I keenly follow.

    Germany seems to be leading the troika wrack-and-ruin of the Club Med economies for two or three reasons.

    The benighted Euro is really a workaround to force political integration of Europe.

    The ultimate achievement of the single EU state is an act of faith in large parts of the European political class, and Mrs Merkel holds true to that faith.

    In the meantime, having sorted out its own labour costs and inflation, Germany is now a large creditor to much of the Club Med economies having sold a LOT of German manufactures and infrastructure to the Euro-south on tick in the glory days of easy money.

    Thirdly, German voters strongly believe in the prudence of the balanced budget, and at least until the German elections are out of the way next year – further large bail outs and debt write offs cannot be countenanced in German politics.

    So, the Club Med economies are supposed to internally deflate themselves back into some sort of competitiveness within the single currency. Look at the unemployment figures and especially the youth unemployment figures, plus the ongoing collapse into the debt trap of GDP in the Med, and the damage is awesome.

    I am not sure history will judge Mrs Merkel well.

  12. .

    Abbot will win even if it is 50/50.

    That’s about +22 seats.

    Slipper, Oakeshott and Windsor will definitely lose their seats in any case.

    That’s +3 seats.

    Abbot will have 86 to 64 seats, even at 50/50 2PP.

  13. Token

    She’s a war mongering idiot.

    Trying to beat up internal fury over the Falklands to distarct from domestic incompetence shows a level of pathological cunning which only a moron like Obama would reward.

    Many reasons more but she really is an inspiration to Lefties everywhere by the way her governmetn stole her people’s pensions,

  14. Chris M

    Now if Gillard looked like Cristina instead of an aging hippy….

  15. Trying to beat up internal fury over the Falklands to distarct from domestic incompetence shows a level of pathological cunning which only a moron like Obama would reward.

    David Cameron started it. That sort of thing has to be responded to.

    And I wouldn’t have thought making a speech to ask that things be sorted out peacefully in the face of provocation would be considered ‘warmongering’.

  16. .

    How did cameron start it?

    Why shouldn’t the islanders have a say in sovereignty?

    Why did Argentina revoke treaties it agreed to?

  17. RedneckRuss

    Vale The Iron Lady,

    Sad fact of Britians demise is that if Argentina invaded the Falklands today they would succeed. Britian no longer has the naval capability to respond without a significant ally. The West has not seen a leader of consquence since the Second World War.

    RussR

  18. .

    Sad fact of Britians demise is that if Argentina invaded the Falklands today they would succeed. Britian no longer has the naval capability to respond without a significant ally. The West has not seen a leader of consquence since the Second World War.

    I presume you are talking about aircraft carriers and long range bombers. The Argentine navy, air force and naval aviation is weaker than the air and sea power of Australia.

  19. James Bauer

    Merkel is not ‘good’.

  20. And Another Thing

    There is no doubt there has been a sharp decline in Australian governance.

    But to be fair, the egregious Rudd and the even more egregious Gillard came in the wake of John Howard, and naturally the electorate saw there was no comparison. Had they followed Hawke or Keating they might have looked better.

    There is no way this grouping of former union heavies, who had no actual work experience in those unions, industrial lawyers, professional complainants and so-called independents could work. To try to impose a ridiculous carbon tax and restrictions on freedom on a country that doesn’t want them governing in the first place is bizarre.

    Many are counting the hours until these malicious malcontents are voted out.

  21. Jeremiah

    I presume you are talking about aircraft carriers and long range bombers. The Argentine navy, air force and naval aviation is weaker than the air and sea power of Australia.

    The Argies almost beat the Brits back across the ocean with a handfull of Exocet missiles. If they had lost their last Chinook along with the Atlantic Conveyor the whole campaign would have fallen apart, but purely by luck it was in the air at the time.

    That one helicopter is now legendary.

  22. Cold-Hands

    I feel sorry for Herr Ulrich Merkel. Despite a marriage of only five years (ended by divorce in 1982), Angela Kasner Merkel has been using his family name even though she re-married to Professor Joachim Sauer in 1998 after several years of co-habitation. Given that Herr Merkel divorced Angela before she began her political career, her usage of his name seems provocative. Her current husband enjoys relative obscurity, which he prefers. While Herr Merkel is not a public figure, the opprobrium that falls upon politicians is heaped on his surname, not that of his ex-wife or her new husband.

  23. SteveC

    Abbot will have 86 to 64 seats, even at 50/50 2PP.

    Did you get that using Rasmussen logic?

  24. .

    I did not make my bet with monty on Rasmussen.

    For the US election, I used RCP data when Romney was up. I was one of the first people here to question the oversampling mantra.

    Please tell us what Nate Silver would say about ignoring an unwinnable 2PP margin for so long.

    Election pendulums probably underestimate really strong 2PP voting. Above 55% 2PP, the ALP are going to be virtually destroyed.

    Suck it up, fuckhead.

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