Comment of the Day: When did national security become a partisan issue?

Chaff wrote

How did our national security become such a partisan issue?

In comparison, the opposition in Australia have just been quick to acknowledge that some things are more important than scoring political hits. Don’t Cunliffe and Norman sit on the security committee?

Our PM isn’t protecting a ‘Nat Government’, he is protecting THE Government, all 120 something politicians of all stripes, and rebutting the accusations that have been levelled against THE Government.

I agree that questions can and should be asked, but one of the ways we protect our national security is to ensure bipartisan consensus. If the incumbent government had to rush through some legislative changes to protect NZ then fine, now let the bipartisan security committee manage the issues over time.

People are letting their growing hatred of the incumbent leadership of NZ cloud their judgement, which appears to me to simply be an inevitable polarisation the longer one party stays in power. There is certainly an ‘it’s our turn’ mentality built into the Westminster system, so this is almost
understandable.

It appears that MMP however, may be having a destructive influence on bipartisanship that is essential in some areas. Labour, and the Greens to a lesser extent, are leveraging off this fringe attitude towards national security (given a voice through MMP), in order to get into power.

I would like to think that deep down Labour, and hopefully even the Greens, actually recognise the importance of national security. I just wish they would show some leadership, and I mean leadership of the people in their electorate, and actually come out in support of the GCSB and bipartisanship on national security issues.

For the good of NZ

Chaff has put his/her finger on it.

What’s going on when political parties start tearing at the fabric of society just to bring a government down?  It’s not as if Labour et all will actually change anything.

Certain issues, such as national security, should never be used as political footballs.

Such is the desperation of the left – it’s come down to destruction at any cost.


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