The ramifications of the London attacks here in NZ

The BBC has full coverage of the attacks. I'll leave that to them.
But what about how it will affect our politics?

My feeling is that it will have an impact on polling, it will be positive towards parties which minimise our risk, i.e. are against the Iraq War. Simon Power's comments last year that where the US goes we should go, would seem to rule National out of this policy. Labour has already made significant use of foreign policy in this campaign, and I would expect that to intensify. The government has lead New Zealand down an independent foreign policy path and thus reduced the risk of attack NZ (especially when compared to Spain, Australia, the UK etc.).
Furthermore, in periods of 'instability', people look for security and for things to remain constant. That will include the government. Hence, there will be movements towards Labour.
There maybe some political mileage to be made from arguing that our security needs to be tightened, but considering the Ahmed Zaoui case (who gave a good speech at Vic Uni yesterday) people will be sceptical of that claim.
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