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10:53 am, March 5th, 2015 - 30 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, john key, leadership, Spying - Tags: dirty politics, edward snowden, GCSB, nicky hager, Spying
Fine work form David Fisher at The Herald. Does Key get to lie and deny his way through yet another crisis?
John Key failing leadership test with terrorists-under-the-bed response
John Key worked to undermine the spying revelations before he knew what they were. Even before the New Zealand Herald approached his office for comment, he offered a “guarantee” the revelations today would be wrong.
Our partner Five Eyes nations latterly took a more grown up approach. There have been Parliamentary inquiries, public hearings and greater degrees of information made available. But we get the terrorists-under-the-bed response.
It is 30 years ago this month Mr Lange delivered his address at the Oxford Union – a large step towards our maturity as a modern nation with a truly independent foreign policy. Mr Key would do well to read Mr Lange’s address, and the issues raised by Mr Fletcher. Refusing to have a debate is not leadership, and a truly free and democratic society needs leadership on this issue.
Go read the full piece at The Herald.