Whatever you think of her politics, Prime Minister designate Jacinda Ardern is an intelligent and articulate woman who appears to genuinely want to make New Zealand a better place.
You might disagree with at least some of what she wants to do and how she wants to do it – and I do – but that is no excuse for abusing her personally and buying into ADS – Ardern Derangement Syndrome.
The left was badly afflicted by Key Derangement Syndrome. This was because they couldn’t understand John Key’s popularity and wouldn’t let the facts on what he and his government achieved get in the way of their antipathy.
It’s too late for the anonymous scribe who asked did Jacinda Ardern curse the All Blacks?
But anyone else tempted towards ADS, needs to take a deep breath, swallow their bile and engage their brains.
Personal abuse of politicians is the lazy refuge of those who have neither the wit nor words for substantive debate on actions and policies.
There is already so much scope for criticism of plans and policies, there is absolutely no need for critics to lower themselves by getting personal.