Wednesday, August 25, 2010

No Member's Day

Today was scheduled to be a Member's Day. However, the government has once again moved urgency on not-particularly urgent legislation. They're not ramming anything through in all three stages this time, but the fact that they're once again eating a Member's Day is bad enough. Sadly, it is typical of National's style - as of last month, the House had spent 37.6% of its time under urgency - almost four times the rate in Labour's last term. We're not just back to the sort of regular abuse seen under FPP - we've exceeded it.

There are two problems here. The first is that (as the statistics linked above show) National has a far lower regard for democracy than Labour: if given the chance, they will abuse urgency. The second is that they are unconstrained by their coalition partners, and so get that chance. Its a clear warning of the dangers of majority government, and an example of why we should work to prevent such outcomes in the future.