The Tim Fookes interview with David Cunliffe continues to give up the gold.
Yesterday David Cunliffe blamed National for not being part of the law suit against Japan over whaling.
TIM FOOKES:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Exactly. So the earlier the better, and I will get to one of your calls in just a moment, but just a quick comment on the issue that came out late last night over the court ruling on whaling, I think this is a significant victory New Zealand and Australia.
DAVID CUNLIFFE:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†It’s fantastic.¬†Well, it’s a significant victory for Australia. Where the hell was the New Zealand Government? I mean, we had New Zealanders testifying, but once again, the National Government’s asleep at the wheel. Kiwis hate whaling. We hate whaling and previous governments had a really strong record against it. Why did we leave it to the Aussies to take the thing to the International Court?
TIM FOOKES:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†So if you were Prime Minister, what would you do?
DAVID CUNLIFFE:¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†We would have led the charge. We wouldn’t have waited for the Australians. It would have been our win.
Of course David Cunliffe was part of cabinet in the Clark government when they decided that they didn’t want to take the win, preferring instead to gift it to the Aussies.
Prime Minister Helen Clark will push for a diplomatic end to whaling after the Government dropped plans for legal action against Japan.
Miss Clark will raise the issue with her Japanese counterpart Yasuo Fukuda when she travels to the pro-whaling country next week. A spokesman confirmed the pair would discuss Japan’s annual cull in the Southern Ocean.¬† Read more »