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Friday, October 07, 2005

New Spy Series - "The Infiltrators"

Sometimes you'd think Mr Machiavelli lives on in computer key boards. I'm still trying to figure out how I got onto this fellow's Christmas Card list. Can you just see the conversations with Condaleezza and GW? I did write back and suggest having me on his list was a bit like inviting Arafat to a bar mitzvah.
From: Michael Appleton
Date: Oct 7, 2005 2:14 PM
Subject: New contacts...
To: Michael Appleton
Cc: Green - Staff

Hey all,

In three hours, I'll be finished my work as a Green Party media officer, and will be headed for a month of holiday. If you have any Green media queries, you should contact Fran Tyler (04 4706679/021-473-900 or fran.tyler@parliament.govt.nz).

If you want to get hold of me, I can be emailed on michaeledappleton@hotmail.com or called on (04) 476-4391.

I'm starting work as a foreign policy officer at New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs from November 7, so will be contactable there from around that time on michael.appleton@mfat.govt.nz.

Kind regards, and best luck for the future, Michael

P.S. My apologies for the "more emails" email a moment ago. I pushed the wrong button.
Michael Appleton
Media Officer
Green Party of Aotearoa/New Zealand
Room 14.05, Bowen House
Parliament Buildings

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 10/07/2005 02:33:00 pm


Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Why the hell is the chief PR guy of the Greens going to work in Foreign Affairs? And as a 'foreign policy advisor'?!

Since when has spinning for the Green Party been relevant prior experience for a job like that?

10/07/2005 04:18:00 pm  
Blogger Murray said...

God help us.

More foriegn aid for terrorists no doubt.

10/07/2005 04:42:00 pm  
Blogger darren said...

It's a bit like Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
Soon the watermelons will be everywhere.
But it sounds like a good CronyWatch in Helengrad.
Wonder if the NBR knows.
Think I'll tell them.

10/07/2005 04:52:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you do that ..darren..


btw adolf..r u ok with publishing his private details..?

10/07/2005 04:57:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well spotted phil. Deleted.

10/07/2005 05:18:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why the hell is the chief PR guy of the Greens going to work in Foreign Affairs? And as a 'foreign policy advisor'?! "

I think you will find he will be a policy officer, not an advisor. MFAT is a good place to turn idealists into realists (ie move them to the right on the political spectrum). Once they get out of little of NZ, see the real world, and have to read about threats in the world, I think you will find a number of then make the move to the right. In my experience, MFAT policy staff are further to the right in political thinking (didn't they advise Lange not to ban nuclear ships?) than most public servants.

I do wonder what his thoughts are on free trade as MFAT are very much a pro-free trade organisation.


10/07/2005 05:33:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Sorry, you're right - 'officer'. So is this a demotion (paycut) to get a long-term career going at MFAT?

10/07/2005 05:57:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael is as well qualified as anyone to work for MFAT. He's an extremely smart and likeable guy - studied at Cambridge, etc. Anyone who knows anything about him knows he will do a fine job at MFAT.

10/08/2005 02:11:00 am  

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