Bill Ralston: Key's dose of common sense – There was an outburst of common sense from National leader John Key last week but, as usual, the Government quickly moved to quash it.
The wealthy beach community of Omaha is to Auckland what the Hamptons are to New York. The rich… [NZ Politics]
Bill Ralston talks a little about the shark issue and whilst I don't agree with him he makes quite a funny comment that is worth repeating.
[quote]To solve the debate, I suggest that Jim Anderton, his experts and the worthy members of the Seafood Industry Council be placed in lifejackets and tethered to the suppurating crab pots for 24 hours to test whether or not they attract sharks. If they survive, they were right, if not, then they posthumously owe John Key and the bathers at Omaha an apology.[/quote]
He then goes on to rather limply examine the issues around Nandor's taking one in the chook so a Ginga can get into parliament and campaign on the public tit. Still I like this bit and agree wholeheartedly with it. It is a shame that the Greens lose one of their more effective and sane MP's and replace him with a Pinko Ginga.
[quote]One of the few in Parliament who eschews the usual trench warfare of politics, regularly thinks outside the square and voices opinions that are not predictably mainstream, is Green MP Nandor Tanczos. Of course, he has just announced he's quitting at the end of the year. He says he wants the freedom to voice more radical ideas than being an MP allows.
What is wrong with today's political system when a politician cannot advocate radical ideas? Once our Parliament was a place where MPs could voice wild and crazy opinions such as votes for women, pensions for the elderly, welfare benefits for the poor, free education, public healthcare and a whole host of really dangerous ideas like those.
Admittedly, Nandor is a dreadlocked, dope-smoking Rastafarian and his ideas might seem a little radical to some. His Waste Minimisation Bill would probably see him sent to Guantanamo Bay if he was in the United States.
Frankly, the Greens need more radical stances of the kind Nandor provides. His stand on legalising marijuana won enough votes in 1999 to put the hard-pressed Greens across the 5 per cent threshold.
These days, dope aside, the mainstream parties have absorbed many of the Greens' environmental policies, making the Greens appear little different from Labour or National.[/quote]