Diplomacy 101 – Lessons for Jacinda

1. Respect other countries sovereignty.

2. Let them sort out their own issues.

3. If you are going to talk to them at all, talk to them quietly and discreetly, off the record, not via telephone, not via TV.

[and also not via Facebook, Twitter or other social media virtue-signalling platforms.]

Words of wisdom from our newest ex-Kiwi, Barnaby Joyce, as reported by the NZ Herald

Australia’s deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has sent a less than veiled message to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern about Manus Island: “Stay away from another country’s business.”

Joyce was sworn in again on December 6 after being forced to go to a byelection because he was found, unwittingly, to have New Zealand citizenship and dual citizens are ineligible to service in the Australian Parliament.

He hinted that what the Australian Government sees as interference in domestic policy could come back to bite her in kind.

And we will all suffer because of Jacinda’s grandstanding, virtue-signalling, pratishness as we face travel restrictions when we Kiwis want to pop across the ditch for a show, a holiday or a shopping trip.

He did not mention Ardern by name when speaking on Newstalk ZB tonight, but his comments were clearly directed at her repeated offers for New Zealand’s to take up to 150 refugees from Australia’s offshore processing centres in Papua New Guinea and Nauru.

Ordinary Kiwis don’t want these ratbags granted access to NZ, Aussie does not want them to be granted access to NZ.  It is not a hard concept to grasp dear PM:  Butt Out!

She also announced last month New Zealand would give $3 million to help with the refugees, which is understood to have offended the Australia [sic] Government.

Yup, let’s rub a little salt into this festering sore …

Joyce said that Australia had a tough policy on boat arrivals to stop the thousands of arrivals and over 1000 drownings of people.

“That can’t go on and it did stop and that’s precisely what we wanted,” Barnaby Joyce told Larry Williams.

Asked if New Zealand should back off, he said: “I think it’s best if you stay away from another country’s business. I find that’s because others will return the favour at a time that is opportune to them.”

“Let’s respect countries” sovereignty and let the sort out their own issues,” he said.

“And if you are going to talk to them at all, talk to them quietly and discreetly, off the record, not via telephone, not via TV.”

How much clearer can Aussie make the message?  Time to take the “hint” Jacinda!

(Well actually it is more a slap-down than a hint, but she should get the drift even if some of Barnaby’s words got as complicated as three syllables.)

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Dr Seuss may have been describing WH when he wrote, “He was shortish. And oldish. And brownish. And mossy. And he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy.”  WH, however, is tallish and only just fits in his MG.