Jacinda preaching to the world

PM Jacinda Ardern and President Donald Trump

Cindy continues  to lecture the world. Even though she cannot fix the problems at home. quote.

This year, Jacinda Ardern’s message to the world has been consistent: globalisation hasn’t worked for everyone, but it can.

In her speech to the UN General Assembly in September, Ardern said every country and its citizens had been impacted by globalisation.

“While that impact has been positive for many, for others it has not. The transitions our economies have made have often been jarring, and the consequences harsh. end quote.

Like trashing the oil and gas industry at home, Cindy? Yes, that was definitely harsh. quote.

The theme for this year’s APEC, held in Port Moresby, was “Harnessing Inclusive Opportunities, Embracing the Digital Future”.

During an interview with the BBC, while in Singapore, Ardern spoke about the fallout from globalisation, along with the risks of protectionism.

“Now it’s a global market and with that comes a little bit of fear – fear around job security, fear about whether your children will have the same opportunities that you had,” she said. end quote.

The fear they feel in Taranaki now, do you mean, Cindy? quote.

“Our response as political leaders can be twofold: we can either capitalise on that fear by blaming others and saying that the answer is to become more and more insular; to become protectionist; to build up those walls around us so that we can retreat back to yesteryear. end quote.

Quick dig at Donald Trump there. We can never resist a good jibe, can we, Cindy? quote.

“The alternative is to give a message of hope.” end quote.

She’s really good at ‘hope’. I ‘hope’ I can bring down child poverty. I ‘hope’ we can solve the housing crisis. I ‘hope’ we can plant a billion trees. I ‘hope’ like hell that no one gets killed when we reopen the Pike River mine. That kind of ‘hope’? quote.

In the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) summit family photo, Ardern stands out. She’s one of only two female leaders, along with Aung San Suu Kyi. end quote.

Aah… who cares? Are there quotas there too? She is not exactly in great company. Aung San Suu Kyi is in trouble for largely ignoring the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in her own backyard. quote.

Ardern used the trip to raise the issue of women’s representation, as well as issues that plagued women and children across the Asia-Pacific region.

Papua New Guinea has no female MPs, and since gaining independence in 1975, the country has had seven female MPs. Globally, about 5 per cent of leaders are female. end quote.

In a country where only 13% of the population has access to electricity, might I suggest that there are far more pressing issues than the number of female MPs. quote.

New Zealand International Business Forum boss Stephen Jacobi said APEC’s voluntary and non-binding nature was its greatest strength and its greatest weakness.

Countries could use APEC as a place to try new things, develop new concepts, and exchange ideas.

While it took a while for APEC to deliver tangible results, it was a good way to focus on bigger picture issues – like inclusive trade and globalisation – at a high level.

“APEC sometimes gets a bad press for never delivering but it’s an important forum to have.” end quote.

Doesn’t that just sum up the modus operandi of this government? Let’s talk… let’s have a conversation…

We don’t actually achieve anything but let’s talk about it anyway.

 


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