I want to forget about their neoliberal betrayal of my country under Roger Douglas, I want to forget about the ‘lost decade’ of Helen’s time in power when bugger all was done for those in poverty and environmental emissions got much worse and I want to forget about David Shearer’s bumbling lurch to the right and his inability to get through any TV interview without looking startled, puzzled, uncertain and frightened all at the same time.
I really, really, really want to. Unfortunately trying to love Labour and ignoring all their faults seems to be akin to having a relationship with a meth junkie. At some point after you’ve stepped on your 100th glass pipe in the bedroom, you have to accept that you are romantically involved with a P addict.
Labour’s latest gutless and spineless position is that despite all their gnashing of teeth and howls of protest at the GCSB spying on NZers, they will actually allow the GCSB to spy on NZers after all.
How pathetic of the Labour Party, how devoid of any principle.
As last weeks GCSB special on Citizen A with Keith Locke pointed out, every MP involved in the 2003 GCSB Act in Parliament claimed time after time after time that the GCSB would NEVER be allowed to spy on NZ citizens.
That assurance has been shown up for the hollow lie it always was. The NZSIS and the NZ Police have used a loophole in the legislation that was NEVER in the spirit of the law to spy on 88 NZers and instead of getting angry by this deception and breach of the law, what will Labour do?
Spinelessly accept Key’s audacious position that we’ll just pass a new law making the spying on NZers legal.
That gagging sensation progressive readers of this blog will be feeling right now is what I like to refer to as the ‘Shearer reflex’.
Labour suffer from a terrible shame of being left wing. So frightened are Labour by being seen as ‘soft’ on security issues and law and order issues, they over-compensate and go a goose step further to the right to try and be seen as tough.
Indeed you can view the entire political career of Clayton Cosgrove as the perfect example of the political projection of this sense of over-compensation. He is the hair plug denial of a self hating lefty.
Labour spend too much time managing right wing reactionaries rather than challenging them and when they aren’t doing that they are providing a simpering acquiescence to the instruments of state power due to their self created fear of being seen as ‘soft liberals’.
National Party Cheerleader, John Armstrong set this very trap up last weekend in his column…
Key will try to paint David Shearer as weak and flaky on national security
…and lo and behold like an aging hipster desperate to fit into the cool kid gig, Labour are up the front of the law and order song and dance routine shaking their bones to the beat Key is playing.
I call this the ‘Russell Brown Syndrome’.
The reason Labour doesn’t mind the GCSB spying on NZers is because the Labour Party are so ineffectual that there is no way any of the 88 NZers the GCSB have spied on could possibly be Labour Party people.
Labour stopped being a Party of any genuine political principle some time ago and their timid agreement to let our spies spy on us is a terrible blow to our civil liberties. Unless Labour have a change of leader and a clean out of the old guard, they just can’t be seen as a serious force for social democracy.
That sound you hear as Labour gutlessly cave into Key and agrees to allowing the GCSB to spy on NZers is Norm Kirk and David Lange both rolling in their grave.