When is a moratorium not a moratorium? Ctd

The other day I blogged about the?inconsistency?of Phil Goff’s moratorium call, today?unsurprisingly, the mainstream has picked up the?inconsistency?and?noticed?Phil Goff’s weaselly excuses:

Labour leader Phil Goff has pulled a U-turn after announcing his party would halt deep sea drilling, saying he ?didn?t use the word moratorium?.

Appearing on Kiwi FM yesterday Mr Goff said he was ?probably splitting hairs? when he said Labour would stop oil drilling until safeguards were in place, but that this was not a moratorium.

?I didn?t use the word moratorium on TV3 you might have noticed,? he said.

?Unless you can provide absolute guarantees about safety and contingency plans for cleanup we?re not going to take the chance.?

As the oil from the stricken ship Rena quickly turned into an election issue last week, Mr Goff announced Labour would not immediately go ahead with deep sea drilling.

?There shouldn?t be deep sea drilling until we know there are safeguards in place that can absolutely be relied upon,? he said last Thursday.

?I?m not confident that there is.?

This was widely reported in the media as a moratorium on deep sea drilling.

Website www.dictionary.com defines a moratorium as ?a suspension of activity? or ?an authorised period of delay or waiting?.

?Well a moratorium says that we?re going to stop it for a period of time, I?m saying it in a slightly different way,? Mr Goff said on Kiwi FM.

Weasel words Goff.