NZ Herald says Len is fine but Queen has to go

Queen responsible for NZ’s economic woes, reports the increasingly irrelevant Herald

New Zealand is missing out on vital relationships and economic benefits by keeping the Queen as its head of state, says a former top diplomat.

Peter Hamilton, a former Deputy Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said his 35-year career had brought home the missed opportunities caused by having the Queen as the country’s titular head.

“We little realise in New Zealand that we have a head of state who – no fault of hers – cannot represent and advocate for us in any meaningful manner internationally.”

Mr Hamilton, who was also ambassador to Germany and high commissioner to Samoa and Singapore, told the NZ Republican Movement’s annual meeting in Christchurch yesterday that it was crucial that a small country like New Zealand was active on the international stage in pushing its economic and trade interests.

“We in turn receive regular visits from overseas dignitaries who are intent on advancing their own countries’ interests in New Zealand. But we have been missing out.”

Mr Hamilton recalled being invited during his time in Berlin by the British ambassador to an official dinner during Queen Elizabeth’s state visit to Germany.

“It was a grand occasion, but it came as a shock to me to realise that here was my head of state in Berlin and she was completely unable to fulfil a key part of the role required of her – to represent in this case New Zealand’s interests in Germany.

On Thursday, former Prime Minister Helen Clark said it would become increasingly “quaint” for New Zealand not to have its own head of state.

We all know where this is leading, don’t we readers?

Watch the Herald slowly develop a campaign to get rid of the queen, turn NZ into a republic, and create a place for President Helen Clark to come back to New Zealand to save us all from ourselves.


Source:  that nice  Nicholas Jones at the NZ Herald, with additional reporting by Cam Slater

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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.