The World loves us

While we are bashing away at the failures, fumbles and inadequacies of NZ politicians, the world media seems to have got the hots for John Key and New Zealand.

Latest to fall for his charms is SLATE, the leftish but influential website.   They are not all wrong though.

Most governments are unwilling to own up to unlawful surveillance. But not in New Zealand. The country’s prime minister this week admitted that one of its spy agencies illegally intercepted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom’s communications for a full month—prompting an inquiry into how it was allowed to happen.

In response to the revelation, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has apologized to Dotcom. Key has also ordered the GCSB to review all cases dating back to 2009. That Key has apologised is commendable, as is his handling of the illegal spying generally. There are few governments in the world willing to candidly publicly acknowledge wrongdoing by their intelligence agencies, especially when it comes to high profile cases. When authorities commit wrongdoing the tendency is often to keep it under wraps in a self-interested bid to protect reputations. In this case, despite knowing it would cause controversy and a storm of negative reaction, N.Z.’s government chose disclosure over secrecy. A rare example of transparency more countries could do well to follow.


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  • John Drinnan

    Thanks for that whale oil – Bizarre – maybe “openness” something to do with fact spying about to come out in court case

  • Gazzaw

    Woohoo! Go JK. He could put his hand up for the UN Secretary General job with that sort of support from the international lefty media. Wouldn’t that piss Helen off?

  • Travis Poulson

    Ironically, CNN said we (NZ) looked like a bunch of Hillbillies over the handling of the whole thing.

  • Well, Slate is connected on the other side to the liberterian techies, so this is not unexpected. And I think Key did the right thing. The Plods screwed up. He should follow it with at least a please explain to the FBI… because otherwise we should arrest every US fed in NZ and deport them for being the spying scum they are.

  • AnonWgtn

    Good to see that we have a capable Security Service – so they made a minor balls up – so what we all do.

  • Young and Dumb

    It’s good to see John Key is being accountable for the actions the GCSB.

    I can only imagine if Liarbour or any other party for that matter were in his position they would be pointing the finger at anyone and everyone else.

    I guess that goes to show the morals that our leader has.

    And maybe it’s finally time for everybody else to be accountable for their own actions and decisions, such as all those beneficiaries that the MSM decide to write pieces on highlighting their cold houses that are detrimental to their health.

  • jay cee

    maybe its time mr key was less “hands off ” and became more “hands on” with his portfolios, its called leadership,not meddling.

  • Bea

    The only story I could find about NZ lastw eek in a UK newspaper was the guy with the eel up his bum.
    Perhaps he was a hillbilly.
    Shearer etc are dreaming if they think the eyes of the world are on us. We don;t even figure on the radar.

  • BJ

    It never ceases to amaze me, the venomous critics of John Key. He handles every bit of crap that he has to deal with in his day, beautifully. He is the best thing this country has going for it and has far more integrity than all his critics put together.

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