David Hall: Shifting power

By David Hall In Diary

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21st February, 2013
For all its quaint aloofness, Oxford is a highly connected place. Only the other week I overheard a posh-accented man on his phone say, “No, I do role-plays … with the Foreign Secretary.” I also saw Helen Clark speak recently at the Oxford Martin School, in her role as head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It is one of politics’ top jobs and she owns it, emitting that sense of smouldering authority most New Zealanders are familiar with (some overly familiar). She’s proof, perhaps, that it’s easier to go from Labour leadership to the UN than the other way around. ...

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