I’ll keep the identity of the company secret, but I was invited to a do on April 3 here in Wellington, relating to the “Asian” community. Guest of honour: the Foreign Minister-outside-Cabinet, the Hon Winston Peters. The question one has to ask is: why?
I know they probably don’t read this blog, but surely inviting a man who has slagged off almost all 3·7 billion Asians on the planet (and perhaps more speciﬁcally the billion-plus of us with yellow skin) for political gain is dangerous, and does their brand harm from the outset? Unless they tell me they are “building bridges”, but then again, Ahmadinejad had some Jewish fellas at a Middle East conference he hosted.
I am in Auckland that day anyway, and wrote back to say that if they wanted me there, then their guest of honour should expect to be upstaged!
Back on Bruce Robinson’s case on March 1. I’m doing the Foreign Minister’s job at my own expense and I could have sought compensation rather publicly! Posted by Jack Yan, 20:45
How do you have a Foreign Minister-outside-Cabinet? I don't understand this, is it the equivalent of in the past when we have had cabinet ministers from the Lords instead of the Commons, or is it entirely different?
Either way, it sounds very bad form to have invited him!
I don’t understand it, either, as there is no constitutional basis for this happening. This is why coalition governments and proportional representation are cobblers (I know New Zealanders will hate my saying that).Post a Comment
Mr Peters has the function of a Foreign Minister, in that he uses up taxpayer funds for travel, but does not have any say in Cabinet, even though the government in Cabinet has no foreign minister. Make sense? No. Doesn’t to me, either.
I always include the ‘outside-Cabinet’ when talking about Mr Peters to show how stupid the arrangement is.
The arrangement came when Labour could not make up a majority in Parliament, and needed a coalition partner. Mr Peters had made certain promises to his constituents during the General Election. If I recall correctly, he said he would never be in a Cabinet with either major party. His voters took that to be a show of strength, that he would not kowtow to either party.
The result is, as far as I can tell, the opposite, but the important thing is that he said he wouldn’t be in Cabinet, and bingo, he isn’t!
New Zealanders who read this may be able to correct me on the history, but it sounds reasonably accurate, at least in that Jeremy Wells sort of way.
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