David Carter had had his say and the baby face, whipper snapper official, in his mid twenties, put in his bob’s worth telling the Saudi how unpalatable resuming the trade would be in New Zealand. It was the straw that broke the camel’s back, the Saudi felt he’d been lectured to by someone who certainly should have been seen and not heard.
Of course the Saudis were already out of sorts after one of their rich businessmen, with direct links to the King, had poured money into the trade that had been halted.
As the free trade deal with the region began slipping off the slaughter board, Muzza McCully came up with what he hoped would be a solution, a facilitation payment of four million bucks to the businessman, which some say was a bribe, and with a Kiwi taxpayer equipped and stocked farm in the desert as a model to showcase our agriculture that few, if any, are likely to be allowed to visit.
The Nats say this debacle is all Labour’s fault anyway, and Cabinet papers from the Clark Government are in the mail and will prove their point.
They blocked their release in Parliament last week by Labour which says it has nothing to hide but the posties appear to be on a go slow.
Are we really meant to believe that the country’s current problems with Saudi Arabia are because a young “official” spoke at a meeting 7 years ago and spoke about local views on the export of live sheep?
Besides negotiation of the Gulf Free Trade Agreement was concluded in 2009. MFAT’s site says that “[o]fficials must now complete the legal verification process before the FTA can be put before Ministers for signature”.
Another interesting development is the announcement of the export of 50,000 sheep to Mexico for breeding purposes. The sheep are to be transported on the livestock carrier Nada. Animal activists are up in arms as there is “huge potential for the animals to seriously suffer in the stressful, terrifying weeks-long ocean journey”. And the number being exported is staggering.
Saudi Arabia meanwhile must be looking on and wondering why live exports to Mexico are permitted but not to Saudi Arabia.
And those cabinet papers still have not appeared.
This Government may have blown $11.5 million and achieved exactly nothing. The Auditor General really needs to have a look at this.
Why hasn’t Labour released the “cabinet papers” to msm? Or has NatzKEY put a stop on releasing them altogether?
I thought some msm journalists had put in OIA requests for the documents. That was some time ago. So where are they and as this issue is of public interest, why the delays?
NatzKEY attempting a cover up yet again I suspect, caught up in another tangled web of corruption, lies and deceit it seems with this one!
Why hasn’t Labour released the “cabinet papers” to msm?
Cabinet Manual prevents Labour from doing so.
But – but – but – mickysavage, according to John Key the Cabinet Manual is only a set of guidelines.
I’m sure that one of the infamous Labour Leakers would be more than happy to oblige…
Are we seeing a new responsibility-avoiding device, to blame the officials? Reading this story reminded me of a comment I made in response to Paula Bennett IIRC when she basically blamed the implementation of a policy and not the policy itself, that is, the workers and not the policy-making Ministers at whose desk the buck stops.
My comment was. “Yeah, that’s right, blame the workers.”
Well, that’s going to go down well in the civil service.
“Are we seeing a new responsibility-avoiding device, to blame the officials?”
New? Throw a lower level official under the bus and move on has been standard operating procedure for higher level fuck ups since forever.
No earthquakes, global financial crises or ‘nine long years of Labour’ to blame now. Can’t pin this one on ISIS, the unions or the Chinese. So, right, back to the erks who work for us. Or, the ‘office’.
Well , we can see the problem could have been sorted all along.
Just call them breeding stock and the export paper work is all done and dusted.
“50,000 sheep and 3000 cattle – was being loaded onto livestock carrier Nada in Timaru this afternoon.”
The interesting bit about why the live sheep trade began in the first place , was that ewes at the end of their useful life, were taken to the works but got such low prices Mutton) that often the farmer was paying to have them killed. The good prices were obtained for lambs only.
Along came live sheep exports, mostly for older ewes, so finally farmers could make some money out of the ewes.
Wont take much effort to find out this ship, Nada when it arrives in Mexico, is going to offload the old ewes fairly quickly to an abattoir close to the port.
There are maritime ship tracking websites that enable armchair warriors to see where and when it arrives:
Burnt out and terminally entitled Tory Soper covers up for them yet again. All too easy when your mates and paid lackeys are spinning the news for you, live on the TV and radio.
Well, Michele Boag also blamed the young folk for a lot of stuff on Sunday, so perhaps she is back on the Nats PR payroll?
doubt she was never off, despite all the factional stuff
50,000 old ewes for breeding? No, don’t think so. Maybe they are being trans-shipped to Saudi Arabia?
Anyway, we should not be doing trade or having any diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, a criminal state when it comes to all human rights and Fifa style corruption. We should be banning all contact, as per apartheid South Africa. But South Africa doesn’t have oil, guess that’s the diff.
FIFA style corruption? Saudi Arabia funds militant armies which can take down whole countries. FIFA is small scope compared to the Saudi vision.
I see FIFA isn’t voting a new president til December. Giving people time to buy the new President?
Interesting isn’t it. Mechanations in progress to strip Russia of the World Cup in 2018. They say that they will pull the World Cup off Russia if any evidence of bribes are found (which would be par for the course for the last x no. of World Cups). Evidence to be found in 4…3…2…1…
I think Qatar will get to keep their World Cup hosting as they are top mates with the USA, hosting one of the largest US military bases in the ME.
The cabinet papers will eventually come out. But not till they can slip them out semi-unnoticed while some other big story is going on so that no one in the MSN will be to interested in them anymore and ignore Labour pointing to the fact they show what a big lie Nationals line was.
Yep, delay as long as possible until the story loses momentum, something else comes along, and people forget what it was all about in the first place.
It’s always someone further down the chain of command who gets the blame for this government’s screw ups. It’s pathetic but also extremely immoral because innocent people are being done over by the guilty.
Funny that the ship NADA has stopped being updated on marine tracking websites.
Must be GCSB doing their bit for the ‘economic good of the country’
yes I was having a look and couldn’t find it either, was told the crew on board could turn of the AIS tracking if they wanted. But voila, suddenly it reappeared on the map, it’s near tahiti and looks indeed to be right on course for Mexico after all. But why no records at the POrt of Timaru? Marine traffic still shows the last port of call as being in China, 3 weeks ago. Hmmmmm… Guess the saudi guy owns the farms in Mexico too, given that
the same saudi guy (who got the bribe from McCully) is the owner of the land the Nada sheep were kept on in Rangitata, before being loaded, suggesting that he is in fact the owner and exporter/importer of the 50,000 on board the NADA.
On my fb I follow a page called farming nz and the latest feed is a picture of a letter written to Nathan Guy and this letter claims that the sheep in question are Merino weathers (castrated rams)
Off topic a bit I know but guy may have gone on TV and lied to the nation if the letter is telling the truth.
The Mexicans have been scammed ?
Maybe Guy doesn’t know the difference between weathers and breeding ewes.
More like bullshit at this end if its true. and the stock are on there way to slaughter in mexico or maybe even Saudi
If the sheep going to Mexico are whethers then this shipment is for slaughter. Our Parliament banned that practice.
If the sheep going to Mexico suffer the same way thousands of other sheep have suffered in tight crates, breathing in crap, unable to tolerate the change in diet, movement of the ship, increasing heat…..and why would they not be suffering….right now and over the next three weeks? This shameful trade is well documented…..then this too is against NZ law.
The farmers, stock firms, etc making money from this crime can have it all taken under the Proceeds of Crime Act, something to think about while in the dock for cruelty on an industrial level, wuile serrving time for animal cruelty, premeditated and motivated by profits.
Call the cops. This is a crime.
“Call the Cops this is a Crime”
But the real criminals, and the shady characters in the shadows, are the ones that are never arrested. Due to lack of evidence etc etc. But even Blind Pugh could find this lot guilty.
JK has released the cabinet.papers. https://twitter.com/HDPA
Ha. Tried to post it but it did not work …
Hey Mickey, well called re propoganda re the young mfat official. That came AFTER the investment into NZ, and after the “encouragement” given under the labour govt.
In 2009, “substantive agreement” was reached, and announced here in NZ. The following process of translation and conclusion was expect to be don in teh following 6 months. Interestingly there were no Saudi representative at that round of negotiations as part of the GCC team. In hindsight that was a bad omen of things to come. Once NZ was bought close to achieving the FTA, and could smell the success, Hamood spung his trap. At this time, and well before the ill-fated trade delegation the following year, strong rumours about the upcoming “live sheep/being lied to by the Clark Govt issue” was were well known. The Nats had to scramble to try and get this resolved……hence the agri-hub solution.
You’re awfully well-informed about the latest pack of lies and bullshit from the government. Are you some sort of lackey?
no. are you ?
So, if you aren’t some sort of Tory shill, why are you parrotting Tory lies?
Not sure what tory lies you suspect or mean. But I am not parrotting anything other than my own knowledge of what I saw and witnessed during the time of this saga. Just because you dont like or agree with my view, that doesnt make my view/experience a lie or a tory lie.
“live sheep/being lied to by the Clark Govt issue”
I don’t believe this story. Let’s just imagine it’s true though, and you “saw and witnessed” a meeting where Murray McCully decided that telling lies about Labour was the best way to get himself off the hook for bribery.
How did he phrase it?
I am sure some geopolitical politics may have occurred and there may be an expectation that the deal will be sweetened. But for National to blame the fifth Labour Government for the negotiating process is silly.
Let them stand up and say that they have to do this to get the free trade deal and let New Zealanders then judge them on this. But trying to transfer the blame on Labour …
Agree – silly to blame labour govt….actually detracts from the real issues over the deal. If they did just stand up as you suggest, I am sure they would be asked as to what caused the “issue” that needed to be resolved. It happens to be both true and convienant to blame Clark & Goff, however, that blame could be and should be carried by others as well, but no-one is asking the right questions, and everyone has been well distracted. Great PR smokescreen…..remind me what was McCully’s past profession ????
Why is Goff to blame?
Minister of Foreign Affairs 1999 – 2005.
Have you asked Phil about this by any chance ? Am Sure you know him well enough to ask, but am not sure he trusts you to tell you the truth.
He’s to blame because personal responsibility means that when you offer a bribe you do your best to pretend it was somebody else’s fault.
Be pretty funny if some Saud had his people scope out this John Key fellah, and this national party, to see if they were the type to do business with and found themselves taking a squizz at that blog chock to the brim with anti-Islamic hatred on most days, eh.
Maybe that is the problem …
hasnt stopped the 8000-odd Saudi Students in NZ
probably because there isn’t an association between NZ education and Slater like there is between the PM and Slater.
I don’t think “official” is the right way to describe this guy. “Young Nat so-called ministerial ‘advisor'” would probably be more accurate. Also, I think (but can’t say for sure) that the meeting in Rome was in 2011 not 2009.