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Friday, June 10, 2005

Lest we forget - oops, too late

Hidesight is carrying the story that National have knocked back ACT's bill to allow American Nuclear ships to visit NZ. Relations are such that we cannot visit our allies, or tolerate visits from them.

But we have sent our Navy off to Vladivostok for a visit of our Russian friends, and then a diplomatic visit by Navy personnel to China. Our government (and sadly now, National) once again proves we are willing to work with any regime, and country, with the infinite forgiveness capable by our earstwhile leader.

But when it comes to supporting our allies, it is our principles that stand in the way of infinitesimal pragmatism and loyalty.

Or have we simply switched sides?

Posted by ZenTiger | 6/10/2005 06:09:00 PM

2 Comments:

Blogger reid said...

When National announced their acceptance of that policy I lost my innocence.

There are times, as in the 30's, when politicians show their quality by leadership against the face of popular opinion for the sake of doing the right thing. To do otherwise is either stupidity or venal weakness, there is no third alternative.

If National as a party really believed in that nuke free policy then that says a lot about your defence philosophy, such as that at heart, you are a pacifist. Labour is clearly demonstrating their adherence to that by their current actions in that portfolio. National however is not a pacifist party, and therefore I have concluded that its stance on this issue is one or the other abovementioned alternatives.

Previously I had thought National was a party of principles, Bolger's acceptance disabused me of this and their resiling from the opportunity to put it straight during the 'gone by lunchtime' issue, further reinforced my perception.

I am, therefore, innocent no more, and extremely disappointed in Brash. ACT it would appear, is the only principled party left in NZ.

6/11/2005 02:29:00 AM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Thanks for the comment. I was beginning to think no-one noticed. Death by a thousand yawns.

6/11/2005 09:54:00 AM  

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