The Honeymoon is over for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Once the darling of the globe and the gold standard for progressive, compassionate, youthful world leadership, Ardern has now shown a much darker, uglier side to her leadership; one borne less of empathetic connection with her constituents and more of cold-hearted political iron fistery. And she has done so by denying an 11-year-old’s plea for funding into vital, possibly world-saving dragon research. The nerve. The fucking nerve of it.

The borderline inhumane decision came to light via a letter of refusal sent to an 11-year-old Kiwi named Victoria, in response to an earlier desperate plea to the Prime Minister from the young lady.

Victoria, quite rightly, recognised the total absence of funds dedicated to researching dragons in New Zealand, despite the clear and present threat, and issued a plea to the Prime Minister to consider reversing her Government’s dragon denying stance.

So sure was Victoria of her stance, in fact, that she included $5 of her own money as a symbolic kickstart for the sorely needed dragon research fund.

Instead, Ardern issued a stinging rebuke, refusing to leave the door even slightly ajar on future dragon research, and denying the 11-year-old’s extremely reasonable access to telekinesis in one of the all-time, cold-hearted bureaucratic one-two punches.

The letter, shared to Reddit, is obvious cause for concern.

Dear Victoria,

Thank you so much for getting in touch with the Government.

We were very interested to hear your suggestions about psychics and dragons, but unfortunately we are not currently doing any work in either of those areas! I am therefore returning your bribe money, and I wish you all the best in your quest for telekinesis, telepathy, and dragons.

Thanks again for writing!

PS, I’ll keep an eye out for those dragons. Do they wear suits?

Firstly, calling the generous symbolic gesture a “bribe“??? How dare you. How DARE you. This young lady issues you the diplomatic slam dunk of the year and you throw it back in her face and accuse her of crimes? Unbelievable.

Secondly, openly admitting to not doing any work in “those areas” is going to be the 2030 version of insisting the science is still “out” on climate change. History will not look kindly upon this key moment in history.

Thirdly, “do they wear suits?” BITCH YOU KNOW THEY DON’T WHAT THE FUCK MATE.

Sorry to say: Jacinda Ardern? Cancelled. Dragon denying fraud.

Image: Getty Images / Kai Schwoerer