Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Personal Diplomacy and Circuit Breaker Needed

New Zealand right now has far more important fish to fry than the state of democracy in Fiji. Namely, the survival of our economy through to the year 2011.

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Our handling of the current regime under Labour was deplorably clumsy, inept and bordering on malevolent. Thus far, Murray McCully is showing little improvement. The basic realpolitic seems to have escaped the notice of the poobahs in MFAT and Mr McCully.

Fiji really doesn't need new Zealand's patronage.

Were we still a wealthy country, well up in all the desirable OECD rankings, it might have been a different story but today, thanks to our Tricky Fiscal Fool and Shifty ex PM's profligate waste of $100 bil over the last nine years, we have little economic clout to back our belligerency in the South Pacific.

In short, we have become a laughing stock. We are being well and truly done over by a bunch of coconuts while the civilized world looks on and laughs. Our diplomacy is a reflection of our bumbling and maladroit national cricket team which gave 'the lip' to the the most successful Australian captain in test history as NZ notched up yet another abject defeat.

Prime Minister Key needs to quickly divorce himself and his government from the disastrous policies of the retrospectively self legitimized corrupt Clark regime. He needs a circuit breaker. Adolf suggests he adopts a leaf out of George W Bush's book and engages in some immediate personal diplomacy.

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He should hire an executive jet and quietly fly to Fiji for a personal meeting with Commodore Bainimarama. There, he should establish with the Commodore the identity of a special envoy from New Zealand who will be acceptable to the regime and the NZ government and he should agree that this envoy will be devoted full time to re-establishing cordial relations between the two countries and to assisting Fiji realign its constitution in order that truly free and fair elections can, for the first time since Independence, be held.

Who might that be? The only prerequisite is that the person must not be of an academic and/or leftist persuasion. No more hand wringers. We need someone who is a realist and who can make tough calls.

Ratu Sir Owen Glenn? Sir Wilson Winneray, Buck Shelford? Richard Prebble? David Kirk?

It is easy to forget that had New Zealand suffered under an electoral arrangement such as that currently inflicted upon Fiji, New Zealanders would never have been able to vote out its own corrupt and inept government on November 8th 2008.

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That is the real evil Commodore Bainimarama seeks to redress and to date he has acquitted himself well in resisting the cloddish attempts of New Zealand's arrogant officials to deflect him from his objective.

17 comments:

KG said...

Bloody good post, Adolf. Hits the nail squarely on the head!

Anonymous said...

As I have said on other sites in the past, not having a constructive relationship with Fiji merely opens the door for China and Taiwan and others to start building relationships through aid cash.
Labour's foreign policy on Fiji was based on that dickhead Michael Field's attempts at journalism.
I often thought it wouldbe interesting to see MFAT briefing papers on Fiji over the last three years to assess what semblance Labour's fucked up policy had to reality...
We don't have to kowtow to Fiji, but we do need to help them whilst carrying a medium sized stick (behind our backs)

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Interesting to observe the way the Commodore has gamed the NZ media and used it to his advantage. In this instance, there was one statement attributed to an unnamed 'senior government official' and off they went, blithely helping raise the pressure on McCully. Four days later, officials quietly let it be known that it was all a hoax.

pdm said...

I said yesterday or the day before that Key should get over there and talk to Bainimarama himself. I like your idea of a special envoy - Sir Wilson Whineray would be ideal if available and if Nat Uliviti or Inoke Tabualevu are still alive and well get them involved as well on the Fijian side.

Anonymous said...

Fuck that.

Sometimes you have to agree with the lefty scum that - well - racism is wrong

the catch is that the HELEN-LABOUR attitude to Fiji is patronising racism plain and simple.

NZ cannot invade Fiji - our army and navy would be wiped out
The Fijian army, could, on the other hand, do great damage to NZ - not to mention their special forces.

NZ's economy is more dependent on Fiji than Fiji is on NZ.
Fiji's dollar is worth rather more than the NZ Dollar.
Fiji's population is larger than NZ's population

Fiji is considered a much better investment risk than NZ is

Fiji does not need NZ's patronage. To think that is does is racist and illiterate.

In fact, NZ needs Fiji's patronage. Frankly, Bainimarama has done a much better job at cleaning up a racist and corrupt Labour party than NZ has managed so far. Key would be better off asking Bainimarama for advice than the other way around

and you can be damn sure that Bainimarama, China, Taiwan, Australia --- and even Key --- knows this.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anonymous, to use your own vernacular, why don't you fuck off and and don't come back until you learn to get your facts right.

"Fiji's dollar is worth rather more than the NZ Dollar.
Fiji's population is larger than NZ's population"

Last time I looked the Fiji dollar was worth 98c NZ and their population was around 850,000.

Anonymous said...

Oh - and the idea of a personal envoy is again patronising. As is the idea that Fiji needs any fucking "assistance back on the road to democracy"
(whaleoil, now apparently reborn as a social-crediting lefty).

Fiji's crime rate is lower than NZ. Fiji's economy is doing rather better than NZ. Fiji's tourism is far better than NZ has managed (and is continuing strong, again unlike NZ).

By basically every objective measure of economic performance, and a wide range of social measures (including corruption and crime) Fiji has significantly outperformed NZ.

pdm said...

anon I suspect you do not know a hell of a lot about Fiji and it's people when you say an envoy would be patronising.

Provided the right person is chosen and as I said earlier Sir Wilson Whineray would be ideal. Especially if people who know and respect him like Inoke Tabualevu and if still alive Nat Uliviti are involved.

Anonymous said...

I suspect you do not know a hell of a lot about Fiji and it's people when you say an envoy would be patronising.

It's not the envoy - it's the policy.
NZ would be better to ask for an envoy from Fiji to discuss the removal of corruption and restoration of good government.

Anonymous said...

To be clear:

NZ would be better to ask for an envoy from Fiji to discuss the removal of corruption and restoration of good government in New Zealand

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

The point about Chiona's evil influence is correct.
The Red Dragon (and I don't mean Helen Clark) was certainly buying influence in Tonga when I visted last year.
The Tongans I spoke to did not seem happy at the way their government was being bought off.
But needs must, I suppose.
It would be a tragedy if Fiji went down the same path.

Anonymous said...

Adolf said: "Four days later, officials quietly let it be known that it was all a hoax."

Yeah, the media really got played on that one. Oh, hang on...

Anonymous said...

It would be a tragedy if Fiji went down the same path.

What - you mean followed NZ down the path that Labour led us all on?

that path?

Socrates said...

So lets see… This post is just so funny on so many levels..
Adolf’s favourite bully boy from Fiji makes the same misjudgement of JK and National… And starts throwing his weight around thinking inexperienced new admin, they will be easy to shove around.. But no, just like Labour, C.B. discovers that the new National admin has a brain, and backbone… So now, since Fiji has painted themselves into a corner, they look like a right bunch of idiots..
Which way will Adolf jump? Will he stay behind JK and national [a democratically elected government] or will he continue his strangely staunch support of a Military Dictatorship??
BTW way I do like how Adolf never believe anything from a free if biased press [ours], yet thinks every word out of a state controlled [Fiji’s] press.

WAKE UP said...

I'm intrigued by the fact that our new National government seems to have no problem rolling back or overturning any legacy of the Labour government that it wants to, except on this issue, where it really seems that it doesn't know whether to new-broom or status-quo it.

Anonymous said...

the fact that our new National government seems to have no problem rolling back or overturning any legacy of the Labour government

Oh really? what, precisely, has National overturned or rolled back of any importance whatsoever

WAKE UP said...

Well, John had lights put on the tree in front of Parliament (or was it Government House? Whatever) for the firdst time in nine years. And they weren't energy-savers either.

HO HO HO :)