Phil Goff was crying crocodile tears on Breakfast this morning over the New Zealanders stranded by the occupation of Bagkok airport and saying he’d ahve been happy to give John Key the benefit of his advice.
He didn’t, however, admit that he was the minister responsible when both the Air Force’s Boeing 737 passenger planes were sent for maintenance at the same time which restricts the government’s options.
Nor did he explain just why getting people out of Thailand was the government’s responsibility anyway.
There didn’t appear to be any risk to life so why wasn’t up to the people themselves, the airlines which were to fly them out, their travel agents and/or insurance companies?
It’s not as if Thailand is an island. Cactus Kate helpfully provides a map for the geographically challenged.
As it turns out it seems the occupation is over and the Hercules the government planned to send since the Boeings weren’t available won’t be needed anyway.
Update: Ex-expat thinks it’s a beat up and offers some travel advice.
Inquiring Mind thinks the’crisis’ is a media fiction.