Thank heavens for the Pacific! PM Jacinda Ardern is off again, radiating good cheer and best wishes on her colleagues to the north.
She is headed for Tuvalu for the 50th Pacific Islands Forum, where climate change is expected to dominate discussions.
But this makes a change from her otherwise tedious round of foreign engagements.
Check: a wonderful ‘phone call with Boris Johnson, Britain’s most recent prime minister, promising priority for an NZ-UK free trade agreement.
Problem: US National Security Adviser John Bolton had just left the room promising Boris the UK would be “first off the rank” in a cracking US-UK free trade agreement, managed perhaps sector by sector (don’t mind World Trade Organisation strictures on such processes). Continue reading “A Pacific sojourn for the PM should be relaxing, compared with other burning issues on NZ’s foreign policy agenda”