The headline says Labour would repeal GCSB law: Shearer.
But read on and you find that’s not quite the policy he’s espousing:
Labour leader David Shearer says the proposed GCSB bill is “bad law” and would be repealed if the party was successful at next year’s election.
However, he said the law would not be rolled back until an independent inquiry into New Zealand’s intelligence services was carried out. . .
But he said the bill’s days would be numbered from the moment Labour came to power, were it successful in the next election.
“We would have an independent review and legislation would come out of the review. The current legislation would need to be repealed, modified or whatever.”
Repealed, modified or whatever – what sort of policy is that?
Labour says it won’t vote for the Bill. It must have strong arguments for that stance because unlike the wee parties which know they’ll never lead a government, Labour aspires to do so and knows it can’t play games over security legislation.
It should be quite clear on what it objects to in the Bill and and how to improve it in which case it should have a very clear policy on what it would do.
Repeal, modify or whatever is anything but clear.
It does however, give a good indication of the state Labour’s in.
A party which can’t come up with better policy than whatever isn’t fit to lead the opposition let alone ready to lead a government.