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Jacinda Ardern: the God of small steps

New Zealand’s PM has achieved an historic landslide for the left. But such is her caution that social progress will unfold on a geological timescale

By Max Rashbrooke  

New Zealand’s geology and culture are often at odds. Famously prone to earthquakes, the South Pacific nation has, nonetheless, a low-wattage, “she’ll be right” attitude to life that does not lend itself to political landslides, at least not since it adopted proportional representation three decades ago.

But it just got an electoral earthquake. Despite the wear and tear of holding power for three years, Jacinda Ardern has led her Labour Party to…

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