Saint Jim speaks...
Judging from the outrage coming from the Nats, ACT, and Winston First over Jim Anderton's message to the USA, you'd think it was the end of the world. Piffle. Now that the US has scotched any talk of a free trade deal, we can say whatever the fuck we like. After all, what are they going to do? Invade us?
In order for Opposition talk of the US threatening to withhold carrots to be credible, they'd have to be offering us some in the first place. They're not, and never were. So what's to gain by sucking up to them? A larger portion of nothing?
Anderton is right. We've pulled our weight; the US is acting like a bully. They should be apologising to us.