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Theresa May could take a leaf from Jacinda Ardern's book
Jacinda Ardern, prime minister of New Zealand, and Theresa May, prime minister of the United Kingdom, are of different generations and different politics. They are leaders on alternative sides of the globe each facing a national crisis but, in terms of leadership style, these two women are on different planets.

When she first heard word of the appalling massacre at mosques in Christchurch, Ardern clearly took a deep breath and immediately adopted a tone and stance designed to confront the atrocity and its implications for her country straight on. She was determined it would not have the effect desired by the perpetrator of dividing the people of New Zealand. She made and communicated a series of important decisions which set the tone for the national and indeed international response.

Ardern immediately characterised it as a terrorist attack in contrast with some leaders who have shown reluctance to do so when white shooters are involved. She stood with the victims and their families as being of New Zealand irrespective of their immigration or citizenship status. She focused on a national message of empathy and support for those affected. She visited the relatives of those killed and injured the next morning.

When doing so she wore a black scarf in a clear statement of visual empathy with their culture. She literally and figuratively embraced them. She promised immediate state funding to those bereaved and injured and ordered the expediting of visa applications for family members from abroad wishing to travel to help bury their dead.

Ardern did not equivocate on the implications of the atrocity for New Zealand's guns laws. She announced that significant changes to those laws would be announced within a week. They were published yesterday and the amending legislation will be enacted before the middle of April.



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