Dunne Speaks on Drones, Foreign Policy and Trade

Column – United Future NZ Party Despite constant claims that New Zealand follows an independent foreign policy, the truth is that we have never been far from the cringe factor.Dunne Speaks 22 May 2014 Despite constant claims that New Zealand follows an independent foreign policy, the truth is that we have never been far from the cringe factor. From Michael Joseph Savage’s “where Britain goes, we go” sycophancy at the start of World War II, to Helen Clark’s quick signing up to Operation Enduring Freedom in 2001 (although not to the subsequent Iraq war) New Zealand governments have always had an eye to the main chance when it comes to foreign policy, lest it impact too adversely on wider trade relationships. (Even the anti-nuclear Lange government pulled some of its punches and worked furiously behind the scenes to protect trade relationships.) That of itself is no bad thing, and an inevitable consequence of our size and place in the world. But let us see it for what it is – and not disguise it as an independent foreign policy. So it is against that background that the present government’s attitude to drone strikes and intelligence sharing is best considered. The long game is still about New Zealand’s ability to trade, and gain access to markets through bilateral or multilateral agreements, like the TPP. Extra-judicial killings, particularly of New Zealand...

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