Posts Tagged ‘diplomacy’

Low bar diplomacy

Written By: - Date published: 1:29 pm, February 7th, 2017 - 23 comments

So apparently the PM managed to get through a 15 minute call without “upsetting” Trump. That’s where we set the bar these days.

Fiji flop

Written By: - Date published: 9:59 am, June 12th, 2016 - 26 comments

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Local Bodies: Woman Experiences Sexual Attack, PM Gets First Apology.

Written By: - Date published: 3:16 pm, July 3rd, 2014 - 42 comments

A young woman was attacked in her own home by a Malaysian diplomat. He attempted to rape her. Despite Malaysia being prepared to have the diplomat tried in New Zealand the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade suggest that Malaysia may use diplomatic immunity and have the man returned home. The relationship with Malaysia was […]

Punching above our weight

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, March 31st, 2012 - 16 comments

Punching above our weight will never be the same again …

No byline

Written By: - Date published: 11:43 am, July 25th, 2011 - 26 comments

Gotta love the piece in the Herald today about Key[s]’s meeting with Obama. No mention of what was discussed or achieved (nothing). Just ‘oh they got along. And Key would have made Obama laugh. If Obama wasn’t busy with important stuff’. Best part in this non-bylined article is the list of what makes them such good buddies.

Diplomatic Stupidity

Written By: - Date published: 11:47 am, December 23rd, 2010 - 11 comments

Do the wikileak cables illustrate just how stupid the diplomatic community is?  What’s it all about?  And why is our media not focussing any attention on this strange state of affairs where governments are seemingly informed by deaf and blind diplomats mouthing off?

If smiles equaled FTAs Key wouldn’t be a do nothing PM

Written By: - Date published: 12:20 pm, April 18th, 2010 - 7 comments

Journos. Obama didn’t meet Key before dinner on a big stage in front of the media because it was just practical. The leaders didn’t stand with awkward grins for the group photo because it was a crucial step in the diplomatic process. This is being done for you. Only you. It is meaningless apart from the fact they know the media will lap it up. They think you’re saps. And you keep proving them right.

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