As part of the new Labour Party rebrand to appeal to the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind, Labour have to over compensate in all the areas where the sleepy hobbits think they are weak, and national security is according to Labour one of those places.
Mass surveillance apparently reminds NZers too much of Kim Dotcom so Labour have rolled over on 24 hour warrantless spying for the SIS and this decision to deny the Greens a position of oversight on the Intelligence Services…
Government’s spy review deal angers Greens
The Government has sewn up a deal with Labour to ensure no minor parties are on the parliamentary committee overseeing a major review of the intelligence services.
The move left the Green Party fuming. Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said that an illegal spying scandal occurred under the watches of both major parties.
…you would think the SIS colluding with the PMs Office to falsify information to smear Phil Goff months out before the 2011 election on a far right hate speech blog and our spy services telling the NSA new legislation rammed through Parliament would allow for mass surveillance would force Labour to demand a hell of a lot more in terms of democratic oversight.
But no. Labour didn’t want to be painted by National as allowing a former anarchist like Metiria into a sensitive intelligence oversight role because Labour is chasing the middle and the middle are intellectually intimidated by soy lattes, so appointing Metiria would just allow National to stir up all that again and muddy Labour’s ‘JOBS.JOBS.JOBS’ mantra for the next 3 years.
Similar to the way Labour slit MANA’s throat in Te Tai Tokerau, Labour is more focused on controlling the losing team rather than losing control of the winning team.
It’s moves like this that give truth to the possibility Labour are always going to cut a minority coalition deal with NZ First and leave the Greens in the cold again. The reality for left voters is that they either like this or lump it, because where else are they going to vote?
With ‘allies’ like Labour and The Standard – who on earth needs enemies?