Still one bas­ket

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

New Zealand likes to por­tray it­self as a small and nim­ble trad­ing na­tion, with its own will when it comes to for­eign pol­icy, and do­ing deals in our na­tion’s self­in­ter­est.

Ac­cord­ing to the nar­ra­tive, we are the plucky na­tion at the end of the world, de­ter­minedly mak­ing our way in an in­creas­ingly tur­bu­lent en­vi­ron­ment, al­ways ‘punch­ing above our weight’ (as that sim­ply ghastly phrase goes), never afraid to say what we mean, and pre­pared to stand up for it.

It has a whiff of naive in­no­cence and old­fash­ioned der­ring-do about it, which, although en­dear­ing, is sim­ply not true.

No, our coun­try has an unerring abil­ity to put all our eggs in one bas­ket, and then won­der why things do not turn out quite

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