Labour sides with the criminals

As predicted Labour has decided to die in a ditch for the criminal classes:

Labour says it will not support the Government’s proposed legal patch-up to enable police to undertake covert video surveillance because it is “deeply flawed”.

The Government says controversial fixit legislation it wants to introduce to Parliament under urgency next week is needed because a Supreme Court ruling on the Urewera terror trials means 40 prospective trial and 50 police operations are at risk.

The ACT Party is calling on the Government to send the legislation to a select committee and the Greens, Maori and Mana parties say they will oppose it.

Labour leader Phil Goff said Labour would not support the Bill in its present form and under the process the Government was proposing.