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30th April, 2012
Apart from the entertainment value provided by politicians blundering into foreign affairs with their mouths wide open and eyes wide shut, their efforts inadvertently end up providing a short but helpful social studies lesson about countries of which New Zealanders would otherwise know very little. After all, who would remember that Finland is the second-happiest country in the world (after Denmark) if Cabinet minister Gerry Brownlee hadn’t made his breathtakingly ill-informed assertion that Finns were uneducated, starving, misogynist brutes – not his words, but his general theme. Next ...

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