Wednesday, July 13, 2005

We can stop the tour

The ICC has rejected the government's pleas over Zimbabwe - but in the same breath, made it clear that it recognises the right of governments to impose sporting sanctions:

"It is also recognised that governments will, from time to time, elect to use sporting sanctions as a tool in their foreign policy programmes.

"Our members accept and respect that where this clear directive is given by a national government, the obligations of the future tours programme will not apply"

The ball is now clearly in the government's court. The ICC has given them an out - imposing sanctions - and it is up to them to use it. And to their credit, the government is least looking at it, with Goff querying the ICC on exactly how clear a directive must be to satisfy them. If a simple resolution from Parliament saying "don't go" is enough, then the Black Caps are off the hook.

I have some concerns that Sneddon might not want to be off the hook - or rather, that financial concerns would press him to continue the tour even if given an out - but the government can easily step in here. The government may not want to pay Mugabe, but I don't think there'd be any bariers to compensating NZC for lost income if the tour doesn't go ahead.


No point in compensating people for denying them the ability to do the wrong thing.

Posted by Anonymous : 7/14/2005 06:39:00 AM

If you're interested, I've posted on this latest development too. My post is here.

Posted by BerlinBear : 7/14/2005 10:48:00 AM