Yep, a rock and roll singer, and not a good one at that in my own opinion, is the person that the government would go to for diplomatic advice. You see, ‘Jimmy Barnes is better known for his screaming than for his expertise on foreign affairs which, of course, makes him the perfect person to pontificate about international diplomacy on the ABC.
The ageing rocker told Q&A on Monday that Australia’s feud with China could have been avoided if Prime Minister Scott Morrison had been more culturally sensitive.
Well sure. And England’s feud with Germany could have been avoided if Neville Chamberlain had spoken in softer tones to the Fuhrer.
Jimmy Barnes didn’t mention the ‘cultural sensitivity’ displayed by China when, having realised coronavirus had escaped (or was it released) from a wet market (or was it a lab) they shut down domestic travel but continued to export the virus overseas.
He ignored the ‘culturally sensitivity’ on show when China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Lijian Zhao, accused the US army of seeding the virus in China.
And he failed to mention the ‘cultural sensitivity’ demonstrated by China spreading fake photographs depicting an Australian solider beheading an Afghan child.
None of that was relevant. It was Scott Morrison who needed a lesson in manners.
Jimmy ‘The Last Plane Out Of Wuhan’ Barnes said the PM’s call for an inquiry into the origins of the Chinese Flu, which spread from China to the world, had needlessly upset the Chinese.
“We can’t just expect… if we’re Australians and we say, ‘This is wrong, we’ve got to bloody stand up to it’ that may not culturally be the same way to speak to the Chinese,” he said, in a monologue that almost made Joe Biden look articulate.’https://www.spectator.com.au/2020/12/their-abc-presents-the-henry-kissinger-of-the-largs-piers-hotel/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=OZWH%20%2020201205%20%20AL&utm_content=OZWH%20%2020201205%20%20AL+CID_4cec53f1b5ef01b6c399f04ed34dd711&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Australia&utm_term=Their%20ABC%20presents%20Jimmy%20Barnes%20the%20China%20expert%20of%20the%20Largs%20Piers%20Hotel