Apr 16, 2008

PM Pays Tribute To Jim Sutton

The one person missing from the delegation that went up to Beijing for the FTA signing was former Trade Minister Jim Sutton. He worked hard to get the Government to agree to the FTA negotiation, hooked the Chinese into the negotiation and also pushed through the agreement to recognise China as a market economy. All brave stuff at the time. It was therefore great to hear the PM last night at the celebration bash in the Beehive acknowledge Jim Sutton's role. Goff belatedly followed suit, which was also good to hear.

We did not notice Winston in the crowd, but it was a very full room....