Queenstown Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern.Photo / Derek Chen
Koala diplomacy breaks out following bilateral talks across Tasman in Queenstown.
Parents are familiar with the concept known as “Street Angels and House Devil,” which is also an incurable disease for politicians.
They play hilarious hell at home, but when they leave the domestic setting, their manners miraculously become impeccable.
After months of Trans-Tasman Biffo escalation, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison last weekend with a winning proposal to have a thread about “these little demons among us” Queens Arrived in town.
It made it even more attractive that precious trash was born in the endangered Tasmanian devil colony just a few days ago. Australia loves these little marsupials, but like the intense marsupials, the marsupials between the two countries can stuff a nasty bite with the power of long-distance raging.
But suddenly it was all koala diplomacy. The Queenstown Bilateral Conference ended with the two Prime Ministers proclaiming solidarity. They agreed to be different about strange things such as the “501” deportees. However, Morrison said there was no significant difference between the two countries’ approaches to China. Then came the holy contract to exchange the rugby jersey. There is no anti-Podean bilateralism in greater love.
This was disastrously disappointing for the foreign media, which mostly reported the recent cross-Tasman relationship as “Fight! Fight! Fight!”.
China has obligedly strengthened its diplomatic nudge wink by announcing fierce criticisms of how wild the two countries are. (It’s big enough to be a demon at home and abroad.)
So instead of the two countries reportedly splitting over China until the weekend, they are now united against China. Or so they said.
It all depends on whether they are playing house rules or street rules.
Bilateral is a choreographic charade that has been pre-sterilized for spontaneity. The message has always been a reassurance of granite, and while no one truly pretends to be a quarrel across Tasman, there are still no serious rifts between the two countries regarding trade and human rights.
The indication of solidarity was essential to forgo the attempt by trading partners to play one of us against the other, not only in China for geopolitical reasons, but also for economic reasons. Two other strategies are underway to discourage this. New Zealand officially supports Australia’s World Trade Organization’s actions on China’s barley tariffs. And when Australia secures an almost complete free trade agreement with Britain, our follow-up will be “you’ll get what they have.”
Beyond that, both countries are happy with the little devil between them. Australia continues to feed on China in every way through all forums and growls about New Zealand’s relentlessness. New Zealand becomes more targeted and wise and sighs at Australia’s militant stance.
Whether koala diplomacy extends to ScoMo’s invitation to a particular wedding may be the next acid test. Because, as we have seen from British politics, confetti can remove the worst dirt an enemy can chuck.
Former Downing Street adviser and Brexit mastermind Dominic Cummings recklessly ignored the old saying, “Don’t wash dirty laundry in public or use media as a detergent.”
He recently replaced even Prince Harry with throwing a tin-eared public tantrum. It only serves to reinforce the growing irrelevance.
Boris Johnson’s longtime Wingman resigned as an unelected official after refusing to accept that running the country was not his job. The brilliant yet tyrannical Cummings saw democracy as a great pain and never concealed contempt for both bureaucracy and parliamentarians. This list of exceptions was fatally reduced with the addition of Johnson, who was reported to have asked Cummings to leave. Since then, Cummings has dribbled the threat of Twitter to expose the Johnson administration. Last month he ran a second marathon of inflated eye testimony in Congress. This can be summarized as follows:
Is there anything that is guaranteed to be more disappointing than the heading “REVE ALED!”? According to Cummings, Johnson messed up Covid’s blockage and made a mistake. And yes, he did, but for comprehensible reasons that scientific advice had changed, and he suspected that the blockade could be enforced. He may have messed up legal, political, and logistical options, but so have all other governments to some extent. As the parameters of the crisis became clear, all countries had problems and made U-turns and tweaks.
Johnson critics did their best with the Cummings cannon. Cummings’ cannon contained spectacular quotes, but his Magino line couldn’t resist the grudge against Johnson’s partner Carrie Simmons. He repeatedly called her “the prime minister’s girlfriend.” A dog whistle misogyny, but definitely better than her personal nickname, Princess Nutnuts.
Cummings sought to fuel the resentment that Johnson was influenced by the focus of “girlfriends” on environmental and social justice and her own extensive and successful experience as a political adviser with a useful network. Alas, he woke up last Sunday and found that his mere girlfriend married the prime minister at a secret little wedding. She quickly became a public relations victory, thanks to her prosperity, including hiring a couture dress for less than £ 50. It will be Mrs. Nuts Nuts to you, Dom.
There is another useful saying: Living well is the best revenge.
Like his blatant misogyny misfire, Cummings horribly misunderstood the public’s desire to scrape the past. The British, like the New Zealanders, are no longer focused on the decision-making turmoil last year. They are interested in the advancement of excellent vaccines in the UK and how quickly and safely the borders can be reopened.
Politically, Johnson’s conservatives also prioritize the growth of a new center vote in which Mrs. Johnson’s new generation of green ideas is more useful than Cummings’ old Brexit thrives. How can this strategic whimsical kid forget that favorability is the trump card of politics? The angry, indignant Spin Doctor never defeated a sneaky but fascinating villain like Johnson, not to mention his noble and animal-loving partner.
Also, most people melt before a nice wedding photo. “When you’re in the hole …” is certainly moral here, but passing spades is a deathless political addiction. For example, former New Zealand Conservative leader Colin Craig has appealed a defamation sentence against him before the three elections. Can politicians learn the importance of “former” in archaeological excavations?
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