Monday, September 27, 2010

Business is no friend of democracy

How utterly unsurprising: our local business community are enthusiastic supporters of the Canterbury Enabling Act:

The Government’s response to the Canterbury earthquake is not only a welcome relief to local businesses, it also provides a model for the kind of legislative environment businesses want across the country, according the latest MYOB Business Monitor.
(Emphasis added)

That model is one where Parliament surrenders its power completely to the executive, who can then use it with no oversight and no appeals - in short, dictatorship. And if that's their "preferred model", then they clearly haven't thought about how it could be used (hint: forced nationalisation with no compensation - not so keen now, are you?)

Once again our business community has shown that it is not just stupid and shortsighted, but also no friend of democracy.