Among the breathless reporting of who John Key is having a meeting with (‘he’s talking to the Queen!’ ‘he’s going to talk to India’s PM), as if a meeting itself is an outcome, an achievement, I’ve seen one very interesting comment on CHOGM. On her blog, Audrey Young writes about French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s appearance to encourage Commonwealth leaders to turn up to Copenhagen next month and commit to making a good deal to tackle climate change. Young wrote:
Sarkozy ran the most impressive press conference I’ve ever seen – clear, focused, concise, committed, controversial, even combative without being rude. It’s no wonder Europe is leading the world on climate change with him and Gordon Brown driving it.
No one asked Sarkozy about the All Black test tonight. Somehow I get the feeling it is the last thing on his mind.
A New Zealand Prime Minister would certainly be asked by our media about the rugby. We don’t employ prime ministers to offer their amateur opinions on sport and we don’t consume political media to learn about those opinions but it seems to be part of how things run in New Zealand.
I can imagine Sarkozy’s expression if, after he had been discussing the global response to climate change at the highest level, some Kiwi reporter had pipped in to ask about the rugby. I like the idea of a leader who is actually too busy doing serious stuff on behalf of the people who elected them to concern themselves with offering their thoughts on a sports event.
Oh and Key says the chances of him going to Copenhagen have risen from 5% to 6%. God I wish that man would just grow some nads and make a decision.