Perhaps the National party need to reacquaint themselves with their founding principles, which say:
“To promote good citizenship and self-reliance; to combat communism and socialism; to maintain freedom of contract; to encourage private enterprise; to safeguard individual rights and the privilege of ownership; to oppose interference by the State in business, and State control of industry”.
Certainly, John Key and Sam Lotu-Iiga have scant memory of those principles despite being the leader and a minister in a National-led government.
It passed its second reading on Thursday after being on hold since 2014.
The government last month confirmed it was going to put it through, and unveiled the proposed new brown-green packaging which is similar to that used in Australia.
Prime Minister John Key said at the time plain packages could be on the shelves early next year.
The government first mooted plain packaging back in 2012, the year Australia introduced it, and the bill passed its first reading in February 2014.
It went to a select committee, which supported it, but the government didn’t want to take it any further at that time because it was worried about the possibility of costly legal challenges from big multi-national tobacco companies.
The Australian government was being sued at the time, but in December last year legal action by Philip Morris failed.