Goff’s hypocrisy

I find Goff’s criticism of McCully’s trip to Myanmar totally hypocritical.

When he was a Minister in the last Labour Government he was fully supportive of engagement with Myanmar… New Zealand even signed up to more engagement with the country.

New Zealand supports fully the efforts of the United Nations to keep the doors open and build foundations for the future, including the two visits to Myanmar by the Secretary General’s Special Envoy, Ibrahim Gambari, and the recent visit by Mr Pinheiro.

New Zealand shares the sentiments of the international community, in line with the view of the UN Security Council, that genuine and open dialogue is the only way to address Myanmar’s ongoing crisis.

When he was Foreign Minister he was getting emails from the public urging him to do more in Myanmar.

I am puzzled that a Labour-led government (who I would expect to be concerned for basic human rights and dignity) does not seem to have been at all active in taking steps to encourage a resolution to the twenty year old conflict in Burma

And during his time as Foreign Minister he signed several travel warnings for people visiting Myanmar:

And in his long past, Mr Goff even had a Myanmar refugee working in his office who was shocked that he did not require more security in New Zealand.

When Myanmar democratic activist Naw Htoo Paw spent her first day with Defence Minister Phil Goff , she was astonished that he drove her to electorate functions himself.

Using the former name of the country still favoured by political activists, she said: “In Burma when the Defence Minister goes out there will be a lot of security guards and there will be at least 10 cars that guard the minister.

So Goff’s attack on McCully is hypocritical, petty and naked opportunism.


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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.

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