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

Do you want:

  • Ad-free access?
  • Access to our very popular daily crossword?
  • Access to daily sudoku?
  • Access to Incite Politics magazine articles?
  • Access to podcasts?
  • Access to political polls?

Our subscribers’ financial support is the reason why we have been able to offer our latest service; Audio blogs. 

Click Here  to support us and watch the number of services grow.

As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.