Monday, April 11, 2005



No Tour!

The Greens have called for the Black Caps to cancel their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe - a call echoed by the Prime Minister as a "personal view". I agree wholeheartedly. The Zimbabwean government is a shitty little despotism which fixes elections, starves its political opponents, and engages in widespread human rights abuses - including torture. This is not the sort of regime we should be associating with, even on the sports field.

I'd suggest emailing New Zealand Cricket CEO Martin Sneddon to voice your opinion, but I don't have an email address for him. However, you could email Phil Goff to urge him to put his money where his mouth is and formally advise NZ Cricket that the tour will not be in New Zealand's foreign policy interests - or Don Brash, Peter Dunne, Peter Brown (because Winston still doesn't do email) and Rodney Hide to encourage them to declare their support for a boycott.

10 comments:

The government should ban NZ cricket going there - otherwise the ICC will just fine NZ cricket and they have to pay for what is a moral stance (not that that is not uncommon).

Posted by Genius : 4/12/2005 09:28:00 AM

While I agree with the Greens, I think that sending a bunch of mostly white guys to Zimbabwe to play cricket is not propping up Mugabe's anti-Western anti-White regime. There are disanalogies with the Springbok tours of old

As for banning them going: various namby-pamby supporters of civil liberties get upset when the govt starts telling private groups what they can and cannot do. Because NZ Cricket is a private organisation, albeit one that many of us consider to belong to the nation in some ill-defined way.

Given the fuss involved, it would probably be cheaper for the govt just to say "We don't think you should go for these reasons, and for reasons of national interest we'll pay the ICC fine if you don't go... and by the way, don't you do well out of taxpayer money, wouldn't want to upset that would we?"

How much is the ICC fine?

Posted by Icehawk : 4/12/2005 10:58:00 AM

Genius: if the NZCC's contract with the ICC doesn't have a force majeure clause, they're complete morons. That said, as one of those namby-pamby supporters of civil liberties, I don't like the government telling people where they can and cannot go.

As for the cost, it's apprarantly around $2 million. Which would be money well spent, IMHO.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 4/12/2005 01:54:00 PM

hmmm... Better that foreigners tell New Zealanders what they can or cannot do.

Posted by Genius : 4/12/2005 09:20:00 PM

This is the same argument we have in England when a cricket tour to Zimbabwe is due. The government discourages the tour but is not prepared to instruct the cricket authorities to call it off. In the absence of a government order the cricket board has to go ahead with the tour to avoid ICC fines.

Until the ICC decides to take the problems in Zimbabwe seriously the situation is not likely to change.

Posted by Anonymous : 4/12/2005 11:46:00 PM

Sign the petition
http://www.saynotozimtour.com/

Posted by Kakariki : 4/13/2005 09:08:00 AM

Idiot your right...this petition will solve everything!

Posted by Anonymous : 4/13/2005 05:23:00 PM

If we banned all trade with Zimbabwe, themn presumably that would include a professional cricket tour.

That's different from banning people from going there.

Posted by Rich : 4/15/2005 07:48:00 PM

While I think that it would be in the best interests of everyone if New Zealand cancels the tour, I would like to know why no-one is calling for our atheletes to boycott the Olympics in China in 2008. Is it because we trade with China and not Zimbabwe? The New Zealand Breakers Basketball team is due to go there in a month or two - what about that?

There is too much of a element of double standards here.

Sport and politics are hugely intertwined and not seperate. Imagine if Jess Owens had decided not to go to the 1936 games because he didnt like the Nazi government's racial attitudes?

Posted by Anonymous : 4/16/2005 10:30:00 AM

China is not as bad as zimbabwae, and at least chinese govt is competent.
having said that go ahead and call for a ban to us going to china I might support you after some thought. Your problem could be a large number of chinese voters.

Posted by Genius : 4/16/2005 05:04:00 PM