- May 20, 2011
huffing and puffing for the Australian media is very different to talking directly to officials which is what we were discussing. nobody pays much attention to what is said for local consumption. I often have this vision of a leader of a country phoning up another one and saying "sorry I had to say bad things about you today for the media, but you know what its like". and the other one answering and saying "yes my friend all is well - we have to do these things"Well we have gone from absolute silence up until very recently yesterday to a very public muscular display from the PM yesterday and in today’s papers. ‘Give me a report by tomorrow I demand it’.
So all the gentle foreign affairs seems to have gone out of the window once it became public.
Lots of foreign affairs experts.