David Cunliffe – “New Zealanders should be entitled to a right of privacy”…except Cameron Slater

Has David Cunliffe realised the irony of him exclaiming that New Zealanders “should be entitled to a right of privacy”?

Everyone except me and the people I communicate with…all on the whim of a criminal hacker.

The media and the opposition parties gleefully climbed into it…and now the sanctimonious hypocrites are all crying about spying and privacy.

Well they are part of the problem and certainly not part of the solution.

Labour leader David Cunliffe said the Prime Minister may not be fit for office if he has misled New Zealanders about the extent of mass surveillance they had been subjected to from its spying agencies.

This morning in Mangere, Mr Cunliffe told reporters that if evidence emerged that Mr Key had mislead the public, it was “extremely serious”.

“I would be extremely upset if the pledges that have been made to New Zealand around our freedom from mass surveillance prove to be false. ?

“If the Prime Minster of the country has lied to New Zealand, I expect New Zealanders to react in the ballot box.

“The Prime Minister is our only real check and balance on the intelligence establishment. This goes to his right to hold office.”

Labour wants a full review of intelligence services and to repeal the GCSB law changes made last year, and replace it with a law that is “more protective of New Zealanders’ rights to privacy and freedom”.

Mr Cunliffe said the review would decide the appropriate level of surveillance, but the average New Zealander should be able to keep their metadata private.

“New Zealanders should be entitled to a right of privacy … Those are all difficult issues and they’ll need to be very carefully considered, but New Zealanders expect the Government to be straight with them and they expect their Prime Minister to tell the truth.”

I expect labour now to fully lobby for a complete investigation into who hacked my emails, who was involved in their own party with the hack, and who was involved in other opposition parties in the hack.

If they don’t advocate for that then they are as complicit as the hacker and David Cunliffe’s words about right to privacy are very hollow indeed.


– NZ Herald