WTO - Goodbye comrades
Communism has already been a thorn in the flesh of One World
The plans of the IMF and other money lenders to loan money to
communist states and then make them sign conditions, does not seem to work, and
thus, they have come in with another idea which has caught the Chinese and the
Russians off guard.
A group entitled the World Trade Organisation run by a New
Zealander who knows all about the free market economy as he was in the New
Zealand government during the restructuring of this guinea pig country, was
chosen to be the head of this World Trade Organisation for a season. We read the
headline in the Weekend Herald, 11 August 2001: "Moore or less riotous
reign... When Newsweek magazine interviewed Mike Moore in Geneva
recently, it headlined the piece: Can this man save the world?
Speaking by phone from Switzerland, Moore says he has not
seen the magazine.
'Is there anything in there I should show to my lawyer?'
Well, the venerable weekly does describe him as having 'the
look of a brawler', which as it points out, 'may be a useful attribute for
the head of the World Trade Organisation these days'.
This month marks the second anniversary of Moore's
ascension to the coveted (by him) post of Director-General of the WTO.
And if there is anything that has marked his tenure from that
of any chief before him, it is the increasingly violent anti-globalisation
protest that flared in Seattle in 1999 and led to a death in Genoa last month....
It amuses Moore that when journalists from Newsweek
or the Wall St Journal interview him, they are invariably obsessed with
his Labour Party background. Perhaps they lack experience at reconciling
what New Zealanders have grown accustomed to -– that politicians from the left
can effortlessly take their place at the frontline of ostensibly right-wing
He accuses them of forgetting that prophets of free trade
have often come from the left....
He says freer trade has catapulted living standards in our
Despite research from the Ministry of Social Policy showing
that average disposable income dropped during the past two decades and is only
just recovering to 1980s levels, Moore maintains that thanks to globalisation,
'New Zealand is still a better place for most than a decade ago. Poverty now
is not having a television set.' (Author's note: Nonsense)....
Probably the biggest test of Moore's stewardship of the WTO
will be the ministerial meeting at Doha, Qatar, in early November.
Cynics cannot help wondering if accepting the invitation from
this Arab state for the first high-level gathering since Seattle is a cunning
ruse to thwart the protest movement. How many causes are worth incarceration in
a Middle Eastern jail"
Moore predicts there will still be problems, but no one gets
a visa into Qatar 'unless you've got a room'....
Making a case for another trade round in a speech in Doha two
months ago, Moore said: 'The world economy is looking fragile. After years of
heady growth, the U.S. economy is slowing. Europe's economy has lost some
steam and Japan's is in the doldrums.'....
...all going to plan, China will be in the WTO fold, a
development Moore predicts will have more impact on changing the world, than he
'The Chinese leadership has said it's the most important
decision that nation has made in 50 years.'
And it is worth saving something. WTO membership carries an
obligation to run a civil society with respect for property rights and
The largely anarchic Russians are also slowly moving into
position to take their place in the WTO..." (emphases added).
And thus we say to communism, goodbye forever as you Russians
and you Chinese take your place in the New World Order, One World Government
called by Tony Blair, The Third Way, and by
Newt Gingrich, Reinvented Government.
It will be of interest to readers to note that in The
Evening Post, 10 August 2001, we read: "Future head of WTO to visit...
former Thai Deputy Prime Minister Supachai Panitchpakdi, will visit New Zealand
next month. Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Phil Goff said he was delighted
that Dr Supachai, one of Asia's most highly regarded political leaders, had
agreed to visit from September 21 to September 26.
Dr Supachai replaces former New Zealand Prime Minister Mike
Moore as head of the WTO next year. He will be a keynote speaker at the Asia
2000 Foundation's Asia Forum dinner in Auckland on September 26."
A further note of interest taken from the Business Herald,
16 August 2001, reads: "... New Zealand and Australia have called extra time
in their bid to have the United States dismantle the tariffs and quota on lamb
imports that the World Trade Organisation has declared illegal..."
The interesting thing about the United States is they set the
rules but never keep them.