Hypocrisy is the act of condemning another person, where the stated basis for the criticism is the breach of a rule which also applies to the critic and of which the critic is in breach to a similar or greater extent. A person engaged in hypocrisy is called a hypocrite. … [Wikipedia]
Howard stands by death penalty for terrorists
… Mr Howard has reiterated that he will not oppose the death penalty when it involves terrorists.
Speaking on Southern Cross Radio, Mr Howard was asked about the possibility that the Bali bombers will not be executed.
“I think that would be very, very bad, I accept that many people will think it is inconsistent of me to say and I’ve acknowledged this before… I personally don’t support capital punishment in Australia,” he said. … [ABC News]
Let’s see, opposing the death penalty at home but supporting the execution of the Bali bombers – that translates as ‘I don’t support the death penalty against Australians, but I support it against people who threaten us’. Yes, that is Hypocrisy.
Howard seems to have Core and Non Core principles.
Let Bali bombers die, says Kevin Rudd
… LABOR leader Kevin Rudd has scolded a senior member of his team for an anti-death penalty speech, saying a Labor Government would never attempt to overturn the death penalty for a convicted terrorist. … [news.com.au]
Mr Rudd stressed that a Labor government would never attempt to have the death penalty overturned against anyone convicted of terrorism. … SBS World News
This shows a dramatic shift in the ALP human rights standards.
October 10th (today) is World Day against the Death Penalty which makes McClelland’s timing entirely appropriate.
You are either against the death penalty or for it, you cannot be a “little bit pregnant”. Ignore your party policy, weaken your parties stance and trade in hypocrisy … it seems that we must settle for hypocrites for both of our candidates for PM Rudd should have supported McClelland’s statement.
This was a test of ethical integrity and principle; Rudd has failed the test.