Why is Russel Norman considered by so many the de facto leader of the opposition—despite Labour leader David Shearer having that titular role? And why is Labour considering having Norman in a senior role in any coalition they lead—despite his party’s loony economics, bankrupt proposals and misanthropic policy positions?
Perhaps he’s taken seriously, despite his frequent insanity, because when he gets it right he’s good—he’s very good. And on his opposition to having the GCSB listen in to all of us whenever they feel like; to the government taking journalist’s phone records whenever they want to; to the monitoring of journalists’ communications by the defence forces, he’s been virtually alone in integrating all of the attacks on privacy and a free media—and being very articulate in doing it. Listen
here here, for example [from 3:30 1:50], to his succinct response this morning to these issues.
And David Shearer has been virtually silent, except when pushed.
CORRECTED: Audio link fixed.