Labour: Posturing, puffery, pointless and pathetic

Labour said before the bill progressed that they would support the so-called Foreign Fighters Bill.

But they went to the parliament and started posturing and pretending like they opposed it all along…then proceeded to vote for the bill anyway.

The Labour party launched a series of attacks on new anti-terror laws last night –  but its MPs still voted for it.

National’s “foreign fighters” bill passed into law, 94 votes to 27, with Parliament debating final stages late into the night.

The Countering Terrorist Fighters Legislation Bill aims to tackle home-grown terrorism, with the Government arguing the rise of the Islamic State terror group in the Middle East increased the risk of an attack here.

It allows warrantless surveillance for 24 hours, and includes powers to cancel passports for up to three years, when authorities suspect terrorist activities.

Labour leader Andrew Little today said the party agreed there was a security risk that had to be dealt with.    

“When it comes down to issues of safety and security, which is what this bill is dealing with, and a particular security risk involving extremists and fanatics, we’ve accepted that there is a risk but it’s not easy to cover it off by the law as it [was],” he said on Firstline.

But a law that called for an “intrusion on people’s freedoms” needed to be held up to greater scrutiny.

“In the two days that people had available to make submissions, there were 600 submissions,” Little said.

“A lot of people put in a reasonably good effort, but a lot of them obviously were very brief.

“We’ve said to the Government we don’t ever want to be put in this position again.”

Posturing, puffery, pointless and pathetic.

It is this sort of inane carry-on in the parliament that turns off voters.

If Labour think they can posture and bluster their way into the treasury benches then they have another thing coming.

It just proves that their beliefs are paper thin, and their politics are wonky.

People simply don;t care that ratbags get spied on.


– Fairfax

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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.

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