That sounds like a real break-through, I thought. What could this deal/plan be? I watched the full press conference here:
“New Zealand has been working very hard to try and find [please, people, the phrase is ‘try to find’] a diplomatic solution to the whaling issue’
So, we’re not going to war then? Great. Any details on the deal?
‘There’s going to be a international whaling commission meeting in Honolulu in the latter part of January [great chance to renew the tan!]. So, this will be our last chance to voice our perspectives on that meeting when we see Secretary Clinton on Friday.’
Was that the royal â€˜we’ there John? But more importantly, what are our perspectives? How are they any different from our existing position? What’s the proposed deal?
We’ve been working on a potential solution but whether that’s an acceptable outcome, it’s too early to tell.
Huh? Can I ask again, what the details? Do they even exist?
Certainly from New Zealand, Australia, and, I believe, Japan’s point of view, we are trying to find a diplomatic solution to this problem.
Wait. You â€˜believe’ the Japanese want a solution? So, there is no deal on the table, there haven’t even been negotiations? How do you know that a Japanese solution would involve an end to whaling?
Q. What’s the best outcome you can hope for from the meeting with Clinton?
A’Well, I think she [Clinton, who I don’t think is Japanese] will have a very strong sense of our perspective and I think the Americans already do, they have been active participants in the Whaling Commission
I literally ended up holding my head in my hands at this point. The Americans already know our position, there is no plan, and there is no deal. He doesn’t even know if Japan would consider a deal that would involve the end of whaling. Just what the hell was Key announcing and why were the media giving it such big billing?
Key wasn’t actually announcing anything. The reality is this is a PM fresh from another 3 weeks holiday and keen to persuade us that he hasn’t just been comatose the whole time. Nothing more.