Just when you thought it was safe to vote National again…

Newly appointed Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee was “still trying to find the right language” when he claimed a New Zealand-sponsored United Nations Security Council Resolution on Israel was “premature”.

But Prime Minister Bill English says he is confident Brownlee is clear on New Zealand’s position now, and it had not changed since the Government pushed through a controversial resolution, condemning Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.

At his post-Cabinet press conference, English said Brownlee was “still getting familiar” with the language used by his predecessor Murray McCully, who authorised New Zealand’s UN representatives to co-sponsor Resolution 2334, late last year.

I can’t imagine a senior minister like Gerry taking well to having been so publicly pulled into line.

Apparently McCully can go and do whatever he likes, but Gerry has to sell the company stance.   If ever you needed a confirmation that 2334 was not a mistake but a very calculated move by New Zealand, there you have it.

Voters who thought about voting national again because Gerry was walking back NZs position on UNSC 2334 can think again.

Bill English has scotched any thought that National supports the only democracy in the Middle East.

Instead, by bashing Gerry, Bill English has sent the signal to wavering voters they may as well look elsewhere because he’d rather place New Zealand alongside despots, dictators and terrorists.

English said he was confident the Foreign Minister had found the right language now. He said he would not expect Brownlee to describe the resolution as “premature” any longer.

English would not be drawn on whether Brownlee’s comments were reflective of a personal view on how the issue with Israel should have been dealt with.

“I think it’s just reflective of someone brand new on the job trying – as I’ve had to, being fairly new into the foreign affairs area – you get to learn the Government’s positions and the language that goes with that.”

It shows that the only party backing Israel and democracy is NZ First.


– Stacey Kirk, Stuff

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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