Wednesday, February 08, 2006

But do you believe them?

National is apparantly revising its nuclear policy back to support of the status quo. And if you believe that, there's a bridge in Auckland I'd like to sell you. This is, after all, the party that believes in "a moral obligation to lie"...

I'm with Tony Milne on this one: we should be looking at a referendum to entrench the anti-nuclear legislation, to ensure that it can't be sold out from under us by politicians who owe greater allegiance to Washington than New Zealand. I don't think there'd be any problem gaining a Parliamentary majority to pass the required legislation - both the Greens and NZFirst would back it, as would (probably) the Maori Party. Perhaps someone should draft a private member's bill on the subject...?


And you will also back referenda to entrench the Marriage Act?

Posted by David Farrar : 2/08/2006 06:40:00 PM

Or trust them? Not if they still show signs of singing from the Leo Strauss fan club's chorus book, I won't.

Incidentally, David F., why do you support such a referendum? It sounds rather like a waste of taxpayers money to me. Parliament has refused to pass a discriminatory amendment to our Bill of Rights Act to pander to a handful of fundamentalist bigots, now can we please have an end to this?

Craig Y.

Posted by Anonymous : 2/08/2006 07:07:00 PM

DPF: I think there's a clear and obvious difference between the two - one is an issue of human rights, and one is an issue of foreign policy.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 2/08/2006 07:40:00 PM

Issues of human rights are worthy of referendums and potentially worthy of being entrenched - issues such as this are not.

Posted by Genius : 2/08/2006 09:11:00 PM

No, issues of human rights are worthy of being entrenched in a written constitution, such as Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Craig Y.

Posted by Anonymous : 2/09/2006 09:56:00 AM