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Thursday, November 24, 2005
An apology to the Commonwealth

Dearly beloved Brethren,

Our "Foreign Minister", Winston Peters, is attending CHOGM in Malta as I write. Pay no attention to anything he says. He will be buzzing around looking for photo opportunities, but don't let him bother you, for the following reasons:

1. He became the Foreign Minister in a shameful piece of political horse-trading which involves him supporting Labour, taking a seat in the Cabinet, and loudly proclaiming he is not in the government. He holds the Queen's warrant, is in the Queen's government, under the Queen's Prime Minister, but he IS NOT in the government. He said so. this crazy arrangement of a non-government government Minister "will make Constitutional history as we go". Translation: They've torn up the (unwritten) Constitution and the Cabinet manual in order to buy Winston's support.

2. He is not the real foreign Minister. Phil Goff, ex-Foreign Minister, and present Trade Minister, is still in charge of all the real decisions, because Mr. Peters will not join Cabinet committees, and remains outside Cabinet. Mr. Peters announces something, Mr. Goff and the Acting Foreign Minister contradict him. (here) . .

3. He is a complete idiot.
The NZ Herald wrote an article criticising his performance at APEC. So he
accused them of Treason. Let me think. Is Fran O'Sullivan attempting to kill the Queen? Is she invading the country, or selling military secrets to the Chinese? NO. So she's not a traitor.

The country's major newspapers are understandably apoplectic. The editorials and overviews are highly entertaining.

The Christchurch Press
The Dominion Post
NZ Herald

So just ignore him. Let him gather support from the Prime Minister of Malta and the Foreign Minister of the Solomon Islands, and ignore him. I wish we Kiwis could be so lucky. As our country descends into banana republicdom, and we become the laughing stock of the world, all we can do is join in the mirth. We have become ridiculous.

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