Burma vs. Fiji

Murray McCully is in trouble for spending up on some flights in Burma. He really shouldn’t be in trouble for that. I certainly don’t begrudge him organising some safer flights than otherwise available in-country.

Labour have gone down the wrong path by using deliberately leaked information from fat, bloated civil servants that no one except Phil Goff likes.

Where they should have gone after McCully is the rank hypocrisy in swanning around a country ruled by a military junta, with a poor record on human rights, a country one of our SOEs (Kordia) is making a poultice of cash from, where we have no sanctions in place, we maintain diplomatic relations with and have our Foreign Minister visit and spend up large.

Meanwhile he refuses to talk to Fiji. Refuses to offer assistance to them, maintains “smart sanctions” against key people, blocks sports people travelling to NZ, places travel bans on senior officials and bad mouths the country at every opportunity. Fiji isn’t at war internally, it is perfectly safe to travel everywhere as many Kiwis do,with Fiji being a preferred holiday destination.

The contrast couldn’t be more stark. It disgusts me how New Zealand sucks up to appalling dictators and yet wags its finger at Fiji like a naughty school child. Little wonder we have ceded hegemony in the Pacific to China.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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