"Those suggestions upset me."

These four words tell us what dismays Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, even more than the thousands of other words she's uttered since taking office on October 26, 2017.

Ardern, we find out via Audrey Young's insightful interview this week, is offended by any suggestion she's building a global profile to get an international job. Accusations of amassing adulation to feather a lofty nest is, it would appear, something that rankles the 39-year-old 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand.


There may be any number of reasons this is more irksome than other criticisms. In this age