Labour gloating over Fiji, but reveal their strategy was just underpants stealing

Labour are gloating over John Key’s “failure” in Fiji.

Red Radio reports:

Prime Minister John Key’s attempt to rebuild New Zealand’s relationship with Fiji has backfired on him, the Labour Party says.

Mr Key described his official visit to Fiji this week as a success, despite publicly disagreeing with the country’s leader on several issues.

At a state banquet, Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama criticised the New Zealand media and defended his banning of some journalists from Fiji, claiming they dispensed with facts.

John Key asked Mr Bainimarama to reconsider the ban during the visit, and said they would have to agree to disagree.

But he said overall the trip was a success.

“The aim of this visit was really to reset the relationship, put the last sort of, I suppose eight years of the military coup behind us, really to say, look we now have a new foundation stone, we want to take the relationship from strength to strength.”

However, Labour foreign affairs spokesperson, David Shearer, said the trip was a disaster.

“It backfired completely,” he said.  

“Frank Bainimarama used the opportunity of Key being there used the opportunity to lecture New Zealand on the way it treated Fiji.

“He didn’t step back from the restrictions on media [or] the heavy-handedness within parliament.

Mr Shearer said the government needed to keep pushing Fijian officials for a better democracy.

Mr Key said he also made it clear to Mr Bainimarama that New Zealand would not leave the Pacific Islands Forum, which Mr Bainimarama had previously sought.

Of course it back-fired, that was always going to be the case when Key went up to Fiji advocating on behalf of the Media party for two of their luvvies to be unbanned.

Labour would have fared much worse however, they were the ones who instituted the myopic and flawed sanctions policy to try to force Fiji into doing New Zealand’s bidding.

They would also have gone up there and lectured and hectored about their democracy, even Annette King on Paul Henry the other day was criticising Fiji. They would also have lobbied hard on behalf of the Media party.

The results would likely have been the same if not worse for Labour. Shearer proves that with his stupid statements about lecturing Fiji even harder. I wonder how Frank Bainimarama would have taken that? Not well I suspect.

So Labour criticises the government and John Key and claims the trip was a failure, but that they would have been even harder on Frank Bainimarama…and that would have been a success?

Knock me down with a feather, David Shearer just told us Labour’s policy towards Fiji is underpants stealing:

  1. Insult Fiji’s PM and demand better democracy and the unbanning of two journalists
  2. ???
  3. Successful trip to Fiji

David Shearer is an A-Grade idiot. Perhaps he would have rocked in there with a battalion of blue helmets and told them what to do…oh wait the blue helmets would probably have been Fijian troops.

 

-Radio NZ


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