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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Judy who?

Of all the comments made in Parliament yesterday about Labour’s softly, softly approach to China on the eve of our much vaunted ‘free’ trade and immigration deal with Beijing, it was Judy Turner from United (I know, I’m as surprised as anyone), who threw knock out punch after knock out punch, as John Armstrong wrote...

Chorus of disapproval from Clark's allies
Turner suggested that pending event was the reason why the Government's initial response to the crackdown by the Chinese was to stall.

"Hopefully it will blow over _ they are thinking _ maybe if the People's Liberation Army can crush the dissension quickly enough we might be able to sneak over to Beijing, sign on the dotted line and still gain the plaudits for being the first country to sign a bilateral free trade agreement with China."

Ouch. But Turner had barely started.

The least she had expected was that the Prime Minister would call in the Chinese Ambassador and give him a formal dressing-down. "Or are we so subservient in this relationship that we cannot even do that?" Ouch, ouch.

But Turner wasn't finished. Earlier, Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples had pondered whether it was worth selling New Zealand's soul for a supposedly lucrative trade deal.

Turner had details of the price of that deal. The cost of buying New Zealand's moral conscience was about $2 billion in GDP over 20 years.

"Maybe now we are truly seeing which side of the fence this Labour Government sits on," she declared, adding the Government had abdicated responsibility.

Not even the Greens hit them this hard, it is a reminder of how difficult Helen will have to walk the line of economic growth and human rights, the question becomes at what cost Helen, at what cost?


At 19/3/08 2:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our westeren mind struggles to understand that the chinese DDONT GIVE A FUCK about world opinion!

Were that stupid we think they care. They realise that the same thing that happened in burma will happen there. Everyone squeals a bit, the goverment move in anyway, clean em all up and we all completly forget the incident happened. see anyone still talking about thoses monk? You all remember them dont you? or once it left the news you all went back to looking after yourselves?

At 19/3/08 4:22 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Limiting entry would have a negative impact particularly on students from poorer backgrounds, maori and pasifika students, and students who attend low-medium decile schools.

A student might be bright, but is held back because of socioeconomic circumstances.Maori and pasifika participation is alreadly relatively low (compared to "HIGH QUALITY" decile 10 or private schools one assumes david; asians and europeans) at university level, and limiting entry puts yet more barriers in their way.

Not everyone has to go to grammar or eggs or kings or st kents "to be intelligent" and to have a sharp mind, (I'm an old boy of Auckland Grammar).




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