So here we are, it’s 2008 and New Zealand has a Free Trade Agreement with China. Lots of people are complaining that it will be one sided and that there are still tarriffs which will keep the balance fairly one sided. But the thing is we need export partners and we need tourism and our ‘friends’ in the USA won’t sign an agreement with us.
A couple of years ago I wrote a song called Mr Bush Why Can’t We Be Friends which was about this issue. New Zealand has always felt a kinship with the USA and yet they won’t give us a Free Trade Agreement. Last year I performed this song in the US and I also sent copies to various people including President Bush and Hilary Clinton. Of course they didn’t reply, but other people have commented both from my live performances and from sites like Music Forte and the general comment was ‘Don’t judge the country by the politicians’.
But the end result is that we now have friendlier relations with China than we do with America and in my book that is wrong, very wrong. You can hear the song on my Music Forte page. The lyrics are:
Mr. Bush, Why Can’t We Be Friends
©Luigi Cappel 2006
We’re the social conscience of the world
We live Downunder and
We just can’t understand the way you think.
In 1984 we closed our ports to nuclear powered ships
We were clean and green
With water safe to drink
Oh Mr. Bush I’m asking why we can’t be friends
It’s our environment we were trying to defend
Our men fought along with yours on a dozen foreign shores
Your logic I just fail to comprehend.
From joint training you then banned us
And a free trade agreement is out of sight.
Now we free trade with China
But not with Carolina
This is something that we think you should put right.
We have a peace-keeping force
That we use to reinforce
The rights of people and democracy.
We sent people to Angola, Yugoslavia and Cambodia
To East Timor, Iraq and Fiji.
We were in Afghanistan, Sent a frigate to Oman
We train with Aussie, UK and Singapore
We reserve the right to fight
For our democratic right
But when we want to train with you
You shut the door.
Kiwi’s are proud to play their part in the world and in my opinion fight way above their weight. It’s about time that good things happen to good people and the US stops treating us like naughty little children. We always felt an affinity with the US and still do, but instead of enjoying free trade, we are going to be getting closer to China. I suppose next thing they will call us disloyal!