Wednesday, March 31, 2010

No members day again

At the moment the House is sitting under urgency to strip 560,000 Cantabrians of their vote and impose a dictatorship to give away the region's water to farmers. Which means that once again, there is no Member's Day. I've made this point before, but it needs to be said again: the National-ACT government has a systematic policy of abusing urgency to both prevent scrutiny and debate of controversial legislation, and to prevent Parliament from advancing any alternatives to government policy. This is deeply undemocratic, but par for the course from National. They won't permit democracy in Auckland, they won't permit it in Canterbury, and they won't permit it in Parliament.