Phil Goff was very circumspect on Checkpoint last night when asked to comment on calls for a speedier resolution of which areas of Christchurch can’t be rebuilt.
He said Labour was trying to to be bi–partisan about it. (2:12 @17:39)
The party, doesn’t appear to be united on that approach, or at least one MP isn’t following her leader’s example.
Lianne Dalziel got a lot of media exposure yesterday criticising the government about the time it is taking to resolve which areas will be abandoned.
Did someone forget to tell her about the bi-partisan approach or isn’t she listening?
. . . the latest earthquakes had given the matter “extra urgency” but drip-feeding information or partial decisions would not help.
“These people are suffering the severe and psychological impact of another quake and they’re going to need some reasonably definitive answers, not half-baked ones.”
Thousands of people are living in limbo while dealing with continuing quakes and aftershocks and insecure housing and infrastructure.
But giving them only part of the information they need to make decisions, or information which later turned out to be wrong would only make matters worse.
The Checkpoint interview showed both Goff and Green co-leader Metiria Turei appreciate this and the difference between advocacy and politicking. I’m not sure Dalziel does.