With Martin Sneddon declaring that the tour must go on for financial reasons, it's time to escalate. Former Springbok tour protest leader John Minto has called for a boycott of The National Bank, the Black Caps' major sponsor - and I agree. Despite their claims that they have no control over whether the tour goes ahead or not, the threat to withdraw from their seven-year sponsorship deal would be a powerful lever. So far, they have refused to use that lever. We must change their mind.
The government is also escalating, working jointly with Australia to lobby the G8 to have Zimbabwe expelled from the IMF. They will also be lobbying the UN Security Council to refer Robert Mugabe's human rights abuses to the International Criminal Court. Both these actions are long overdue, but better late than never. So far, though, they've shown no sign of introducing economic sanctions against Zimbabwe. Shouldn't they front up and explain why?