A Victim Of Success

It's not yet lunch time, and helen Clark is on to her second silly hat of the day. Here she is, at a suburban park in Auckland, turning the first sod of a motorway extension project in a fluoro-orange hard hat. This tableau of rent-a-crowd suits, marquee, hybrid cars, uptight minders, waiters, photographers and TV cameras can mean only one thing: New Zealand is midway through an election campaign. That's why, a few hours earlier, Clark put on a hair net and white coat for a tour of a biscuit factory on the city's southern fringe. The net, accompanied by a...

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