No Right Turn on our already secretly changed foreign policy.
Yesterday, we learned that the government was reviewing its future contribution to peacekeeping missions, with an eye to turning us into an American footstool. As I pointed out, this would be a major shift in our foreign policy, and one we need to stop. Unfortunately, we’re too late: Cabinetagreed to the change last October (see ERD Min (13) 11/3). In secret, without consulting the people on behalf of which those troops will be deployed.
Reading that paper, there’s also another bombshell: they want to send spies on peacekeeping missions. The new criteria ask:
Which agencies are so sensitive that their possible presence needs to be redacted for “national security”? (Hint: it is unlikely to be the Ministry for Culture and Heritage)
so, National has – in secret – completely changed our foreign policy, removed a major check on foreign troop deployments, and agreed to deploy spooks on peacekeeping missions. Given that latter bit, the UN would be wise to reject any contribution we offer as a trojan horse for US intelligence gathering.