Prince’s visit appreciated

EDITORIAL

The visit of Prince William was a feel-good moment for many as New Zealand continues to struggle to get back to some sort of normality six weeks after the Christchurch mosque shootings.

The Duke of Cambridge was perfect for this role in his brief visit, paying a touching visit to the bedside of five-year-old Alen Alsati and meeting with first responders.

It was another sign that he has inherited the interpersonal skills of his late mother Princess Diana and is one of the few people who can match New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when it comes to empathy.

And as her focus necessarily turns to domestic matters, Ardern had the good news that New Zealand’s export earnings reached an all-time high in March. The value of total exports rose by $899 million from March 2018 to $5.7 billion, the highest for any month ever.

With that news and the fact that the sharemarket recently reached an all-time high of 10,071.74, Ardern can claim that the economy essentially remains strong.

This will have a bearing on next month’s “Wellbeing” Budget in which the Government faces the eternal problem of fulfilling its election promises while continuing to be fiscally responsible.

There were interesting developments on the world scene with a first summit meeting held between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Kim may have been looking to Russia for help in relieving the crippling economic sanctions his country faces, and to show Donald Trump he has options. For Putin there is the kudos of showing his country is a major geopolitical player, something that is reported to be very important to him.

In the United States, former vice-president Joe Biden has entered the race for the Democratic nomination for the presidency.

Some commentators see Biden as Trump’s biggest potential threat, with his potential to bring back working-class voters of the kind who flocked to Trump in 2016.

But Biden faces stiff opposition from the progressive side of the Democratic party, from people like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, before he even gets to face off with Trump.

The visit of Prince William was a feel-good moment for many as New Zealand continues to struggle to get back to some sort of normality six weeks after the Christchurch mosque shootings.

The Duke of Cambridge was perfect for this role in his brief visit, paying a touching visit to the bedside of five-year-old Alen Alsati and meeting with first responders.

It was another sign that he has inherited the interpersonal skills of his late mother Princess Diana and is one of the few people who can match New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern when it comes to empathy.

And as her focus necessarily turns to domestic matters, Ardern had the good news that New Zealand’s export earnings reached an all-time high in March. The value of total exports rose by $899 million from March 2018 to $5.7 billion, the highest for any month ever.

With that news and the fact that the sharemarket recently reached an all-time high of 10,071.74, Ardern can claim that the economy essentially remains strong.

This will have a bearing on next month’s “Wellbeing” Budget in which the Government faces the eternal problem of fulfilling its election promises while continuing to be fiscally responsible.

There were interesting developments on the world scene with a first summit meeting held between North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Kim may have been looking to Russia for help in relieving the crippling economic sanctions his country faces, and to show Donald Trump he has options. For Putin there is the kudos of showing his country is a major geopolitical player, something that is reported to be very important to him.

In the United States, former vice-president Joe Biden has entered the race for the Democratic nomination for the presidency.

Some commentators see Biden as Trump’s biggest potential threat, with his potential to bring back working-class voters of the kind who flocked to Trump in 2016.

But Biden faces stiff opposition from the progressive side of the Democratic party, from people like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, before he even gets to face off with Trump.

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