Labour’s hypocrisy over GCSB Bill

Last night the GCSB Bill passed and the histrionics from the left are astonishing. Clare Curran had a moment:

I am struggling to see how a VOTE in parliament is an appalling day for democracy. If they had won the vote would that have been equally appalling. Of course it wouldn’t.

I mean seriously these lunatics need to take a chill pill.

Yesterday though David Farrar posted a comparison of the Helen Clark GCSB Bill and the John Key GCSB Bill. Apparently the increased controls and clarifications of the bill are an affront to democracy, according to loons like Clare Curran, yet Helen Clark’s bill was perfect.

So perfect was that bill that Labour cast 52 votes in favour of the GCSB Bill’s third reading 27 March 2003. All parties supported the bill except the far left  lunatics in the Green party, they are at least consistent in their opposition to western democracies protecting themselves.

These hypocrites who voted for Helen Clark’s GCSB Bill though are beyond the pale. The current Labour MPs who voted for Helen Clark’s bill and against John Key’s bill are

  • Cosgrove, Clayton
  • Cunliffe, David
  • Dalziel, Lianne
  • Dyson, Ruth
  • Goff, Phil
  • King, Annette
  • Mahuta, Nanaia
  • Mallard, Trevor
  • O’Connor, Damien
  • Parker, David
  • Robertson, Ross

Also former Labour MP:

  • Turia, Tariana 

Some of them even took a call to speak against the bill. Do they not remember their vote in 2003. Will labour now lobby to return the law to 2003 or will they do even worse and return it tot he state it was in when that other old has been ex-PM Geoffrey Palmer ran the GCSB without any laws at all? Labour seemed very happy with the GCSB back then.

One person that can hold their head up though is actually Helen Clark. She at least knows the importance of security when asked on her last trip to New Zealand, not that you would know because the media kept her opinions very quiet indeed because her opinion simply didn’t fit the narrative they have invested themselves in.

Helen Clark told Corin Dann that there is a need for a GCSB and she’s urging dialogue across the political divide.

“The answer is yes, you do, because you need that foreign intelligence, and not least for safety and security reasons. I think the real issue is, is there a gap in the law, which the Kitteridge Inquiry apparently found that there was, and if so, how do you deal with that and do you take the opportunity at the same time to write in more controls to protect the privacy of the individual? That, as I see it, is the debate raging at the moment.”

Ms Clark says when her government brought in the 2003 GCSB legislation ”that actually took GCSB out of the shadows and made it a government department with its own Act, which was good. But, you know, in retrospect, as Miss Kitteridge has found, perhaps there was a gap in the law. So that has to be dealt with, but I think it’s really important to try to reach across the political divide when you’re dealing with these issues.”

Ms Clark says, “Try and take the politics out of it and look at what do we as Kiwis need to protect our interests and how do we protect the privacy of individual Kiwis who should never be caught up in a giant trawling exercise across their communications.”

Everyone knows I don’t like Helen Clark’s politics, but read those statements and understand that she knows what doing the job of Prime Minister entails and what you have to make decisions on. She has sat in the big chair, David Shearer never has and never will. I admire Helen Clark as a politician, I despise her politics, but on this she was dead right.

This issue will now die, in a month people won’t even remember except those nasty, bitter socialists who seem tho think that western democracies shouldn’t protect themselves while other less desirable nations are spying and causing harm unfettered.

They are idiots.


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