The rapidly changing situation over the last few days regarding US immigration shows the futility of the jumping up and down and issuing feel-good statements demanded of the New Zealand Prime Minister.
Political and legal people in the US are going hammer and tongs and our wee country has no relevance to them at all.
However Bill English needs to sharpen up quickly. The best way to avoid a cacophony of demands and criticisms is to front foot things. His failure to say anything for most of Monday on what was obviously a big international issue made his belated minimal mumbles look not very good.
The Prime Minister should not have to make a rapid response retort to every activist demand, but if he gets in quick with a reasoned position he will pre-empt some of the bubble babble.
He needs to sharpen up his act, even when he’s a very minor player on the world stage.
He needs the practice dealing with things that aren’t big deals for New Zealand, so he is honed into acting quickly and decisively when appropriate.
Clamming up for a few hours is not a habit he should get into.
Being seen to say not much is better than saying nothing.