Peter O’Brien: Ardern on Manus

A week ago I sent the following letter to The Australian:

Your editorial tells us Malcolm Turnbull and Jacinda Ardern  ‘are off to a good start’.  Really?  Let’s hope not. Here we have New Zealand’s neophyte PM throwing a grenade into our fractious immigration debate at a particularly difficult time during the Manus stand-off.  Turnbull courteously declined Ardern’s gratuitous public offer to take 150 illegals, made for no apparent reason other than virtue signalling.  If the offer were genuine, it would have been made in private and not announced until it was accepted and the details threshed out.    Turnbull courteously declined the offer.  It is to be hoped, however, that he made it clear privately, in no uncertain terms, that such interference in our affairs would not be tolerated in future.  That would be hypocrisy on steroids, of course, given Turnbull’s cynical ploy, negotiated with the Obama administration on the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration, that saddled the incoming President with an outcome that his public statements made clear he would not have agreed to himself.   But, then, we all know Turnbull’s no stranger to hypocrisy.

It wasn’t published, of course, because God forbid one should criticize the editor of The Australian. I’m now guessing, as predicted, that Turnbull copped it sweet because, barely a week later we have Ardern, in full frontal moral posturing mode , as reported in today’s Australian:

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has blasted Australia’s handling of the refugee crisis on Manus Island as unacceptable as she seeks another meeting with Malcolm Turnbull on the issue.

Thank God we’ve got Julie Bishop to smooth things over.  Oh, wait.

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19 Responses to Peter O’Brien: Ardern on Manus

  1. Suburban Boy

    Thank God we’ve got Julie Bishop as the people’s choice to replace Malcolm Turnbull as PM. Oh, wait.

  2. stackja

    Hypocrisy is the new normal.

  3. Shy Ted

    If you ever see her looking sad, ask “Why the long face?”

  4. gbees

    Anti-capitalist, communist Ardern will do whatever it takes to ruin not only NZ’s economy but Australia’s also. Watch the people smuggling trade take off in earnest if this gets up. Also the report today in The Australian (Newspoll) that Bishop is preferred PM truly is BS. She’s a dead duck walking. No way do conservatives want her anywhere near the PM|ship. She’s a traitor and totally would be a useless PM. Just another lefty wolf in sheep’s clothing.

  5. notafan

    Jacinda Ardern’s offer is as worthless as the paper it is written on.

    She knows all she is really offering is a back door into Australia and which would she take, the 200 odd who have been deemed to be non refugees? The how ever many PNG have claimed committed child sex offences.

    It is indeed, gratuitous meddling.

    I don’t think any of those refusing to leave the existing facilities would make desirable citizens anywhere.

  6. TC

    Send them to NZ , Turnbull should call on Shorten to help pass a law that would prevent them coming to Australia from NZ , he could then offer to fast track all new arrivals to NZ . See how long the virtue signalling lasts .

  7. H B Bear

    Any chance Lord Waffleworth will declare war on NZ to try and get a bump in the Newspoll?

  8. Robber Baron

    New Zealanders might be wondering how on Earth their country changed so dramatically ultra-extreme-communist left overnight?

    Winston Peters will wear Jacinta like a crown of thorns.

  9. karl

    is Winston Windsor or Winston Oakeshott,

  10. Neenee

    It is time to review the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement which has been in place since 1973. It has become a route for Pacific Islander entry to Australia, and will undoubtedly become a muslim magnet facilitated by NZ Labour unless it is curtailed as soon as possible.

  11. Send them to NZ , Turnbull should call on Shorten to help pass a law that would prevent them coming to Australia from NZ , he could then offer to fast track all new arrivals to NZ . See how long the virtue signalling lasts .

    Turnbull or Shorten will not be able to do it, they won’t be there.
    The new conservative (not coalition) government, led by Tony Abbott, should immediately stop the current arrangements on arrivals from NZ!
    Do we want all the Kiwis rushing back to AU after the new communist government fucks up they economy and living standards? It won’t take long for that bitch to do it!

  12. Jock

    I note a few comments on Winston Peters. Note that Winston is Mr Teflon. Quite simply Adern can muck it up but Winstons party will get the sasme percentage vote. In the old roman times it was known as patronage. In Maori society it is the privilege of the “big man”. Whatever it is no other pollie in NZ has it. Closest here is Katter.

  13. sabena

    Jock,
    Please enlighten us.Assuming Jacinta mucks things up,will Peters withdraw support or has he invested too much in her already?

  14. Empire GTHO Phase III

    The correct response to uppity commie blow-ins like the girl PM is GFY.

  15. Please enlighten us.Assuming Jacinta mucks things up,will Peters withdraw support or has he invested too much in her already?

    Don’t assume! Believe it. These bitches don’t “muck things up”, they fuck it up. Remember Gillard, Kirner – Mother Russia, Lawrence, Helen (she is a bloke but that did not stop her).

  16. Lurker

    Thought Ardern’s election promise, like Winston’s, was to curtail immigration and refugee intake numbers. Did this specifically exclude illegal aliens euphemistically referred to as “asylum seekers”?

  17. New Zealanders are suckers for ‘strong independent women’ no matter how socialist they turn out to be, that’s why they voted for Helen Clarke, incredibly it will win Ms Ardern more votes.

  18. Baldrick

    If there’s anything more irrelevant than cockhead politicians, it’s cockhead politicians from New Zealand.

  19. Shy Ted

    I feel sorry for Joe Average in NZ because this is not what he voted for.

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