Monday, December 28, 2009

What Took So Long?.........

......and what irreparable damage has been done in the meantime?

Stuff is reporting a change of attitude on the part of New Zealand in it's dealings with Fiji.

http://www.topnews.in/files/John-Key.jpg


Mr Key, don't stuff around with letters. Get on a plane and get yourself up there to sit down and have a beer with the man. Face to face. Mana enhancing man to man.

http://www.cdnn.info/news/travel/frank_bainimarama_250333m.jpg


Whatever you do, do NOT send anyone who is associated with the NZ Labour Party or is a Methodist. They are the enemy in this little revolution.

13 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

It's hilarious to see the Nats going cap in hand to this guy to get a high commissioner in Fiji, when he's already expelled 3 of them, whenever he gets his knickers in a twist about something. The last time was less than a year ago, and here's Key and McCully offering to bend over and spread 'em again. How long will this one last, Murray? Or are you planning to suck up to him continuously to prevent a repeat of the last 3 commissioners?

Also: I see Stuff continues to call Bainimarama a "strongman," as though he were some kind of jovial weightlifter or circus performer - the correct term is "dictator." Bloody journos.

pdm said...

Adolf if John Key had listened to you, WhaleOIl and I he would have been there this time last year and both Fiji and NZ would have been better off.

Don't send McCully - go yourself.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Milt, they'll just have to find a Commissioner who is neither a Labour sympathizer nor a Methodist.

Psycho Milt said...

Any other dictator preferences we should pander to? No women seems a safe bet. Definitely no poofters. Does he have a list, or are we meant to just figure out his preferences and indulge them?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

AAAAAh, Milt. Now you're learning.

ZenTiger said...

Any other dictator preferences we should pander to?

Except that preconceived opinions and zero understanding of the facts created an inappropriate and unhelpful response from the outset that is more to New Zealand's shame than B's.

The question first asked was: Any other misinformed, half-arsed, incorrect political assessments by New Zealand's politicians that we should pander to?"

Let's hope John Key gets this right. It would make a nice change to New Zealand's record on Fiji over the last few years.

Bok said...

Mmm Milt like your lot did to China INSIDE NZ perhaps? Not meeting Dalai Lama, excluding certain reporters from the Beehive etc?
At least have a little dignity mate... just a tiny , tiny bit...

Anonymous said...


Whatever you do, do NOT send anyone who is associated with the NZ Labour Party or is a Methodist. They are the enemy in this little revolution.


And better still: have the humility to Ask Bainimarama what advice he has for you to rid NZ of the Labour Party here

and then follow his advice!

Barnsley Bill said...

Yup, anybody who wears red shoes should be excluded.
Zen has this nailed.
I spent a lot of time in Fiji prior to 2005. The troughing that was occuring would make Chris Carter blush.
The big fella removed a regime that was outrageously corrupt and was in the process of disenfranchising vast swathes of the population while enriching themselves.
The actions of NZ and OZ has driven him into the arms of the Chinese and delayed a return to democracy.
Key should jump on the Air Pacific jumbo himself and take a weekend with the big fella seeing what NZ can do to help bring Fiji back to democracy with a strong and fair to all constitution.

Oswald Bastable said...

Then he could do the same here.

Psycho Milt said...

Key should jump on the Air Pacific jumbo himself and take a weekend with the big fella seeing what NZ can do to help bring Fiji back to democracy with a strong and fair to all constitution.

Well, the first step in bringing about democracy is persuading the guy that made himself King to accept the concept of it being a temporary gig, isn't it? No sign of that happening any time in the foreseeable future, so if Key's got some magic wand to wave, maybe he should start waving it.

Barnsley Bill said...

PM, you are quite right in your assertion that he has not made any moves to change. But when faced with lippy colonial masters barking orders (impotently), is there any surprise to us that he has given us the middle finger.
The contrast between how key is licking maori arses while NZ has been trying to kick Fijian arses is stark. Perthaps some of the conciliatory mana enhancing bullshit could be spared for the inhabitants of Fiji? There seems to be an unending well of bending over backwards down in wellington. Lets limbo in Denaurau for a change.
Being a sanctimonious shreiking kangarillapig is not what we want from our PM anymore. key has shown us the way here, why not up there as well.

The Veteran said...

Serious comment ... clearly Bainamarama has, for whatever reason, some difficulty in engaging with MFAT bred High Commissioners.

The Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Gen Jerry Matapaere, is due to fininsh up in the next few months. Why not send him. I suspect FB would find him more comfortable to deal with while Jerry has the nous and experience to take the relationship forward.

Plenty of precident for that. Brian Poananga was a serving Brigadier when he was shoulder tapped to become our first High Commissioner to PNG. At that time the PNG military was a major force in PNG politics and Brian P was the ideal person to engage with Ted Diro and the like.