The Greens and other whingers are thinking they can try and stop asset sales via a Citizens Initiated Referendum.
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said talks were under way to try to force a citizens’ referendum on asset sales.
“We are prepared to be part of such a coalition. We have already spoken to some organisations about this idea and there is preliminary interest,” Dr Norman said. “The people of New Zealand want to keep our assets in public ownership. Working together, we can mount a campaign to do just that.
“It is time for the voice of the people to override the voice of the Government on this issue.”
The Greens should give Bob McCroskie a call to find out just how tough it is to get a successful CIR through. Quite apart from the fact that government routinely ignore such referenda. Both Labour and National ignored the people with regard to the smacking referendum.
What makes Russel Norman think that this government will be any different. In a ny case it will take months and months to organise the signatures, another month or so to verify the signatures and then the referendum needs to scheduled some months later. Once the referendum is held, and several million doallrs later the government will still ignore them because they campaigned on asset sales and they won the election, end of story.
If the Greens and Labour want to die in a ditch over this then they should go right ahead. At least it is an arguably better cause than opposing VSM.