Jones used to reckon there was one unbeatable rule of thumb about political leaders: if you could imagine them in a Scout uniform they were doomed.
I think he first ventured this theory in the days of the Muldoon/Rowling contests: you couldn’t possibly imagine Muldoon in a Scoutmaster uniform, Jones reckoned, whereas Rowling had “dib dib dib/dob dob dob” written all over him.
Geoff Palmer was all woggle and knobbly knees. Jim Mclay only slightly less so.
However…the current PM breaks that rule. It is not difficult at all to imagine Helen Clark in an “Akela” Cub Mistresses’ uniform.
In fact, once you have done so it is difficult to envisage her in anything else.