"Common Sense" is bollocks

Common sense gets drubbing – 23 Nov 2007 – NZ Herald: New Zealand National news

[quote]Justice Minister Annette King came under fire for inventing the “new jurisprudence” of the Law of Common Sense in Parliament yesterday as MPs battled over new election financing rules.

Annette King’s repeated refrain since the Electoral Finance Bill was reported back from select committee on Monday was that “the law of common sense” would apply to resolve some of the anomalies the National Party had presented as problematic under the bill.[/quote]

With six weeks to go until we all have to obey this draconian bill they are still making amendments to the dodgy wording. Bill English sums up nicely;
[quote]”The Government is filling its pockets with public money for the next election campaign, passing law to make legal what was illegal in the last election, and clamping down on public opinion that might criticise it in election year.”[/quote]

Tony Ryall takes a not to hidden dig at the member for himself, Peter Dunne, who endlessly pontificates. I like the Animal Farm allusion as well;
[quote]”It’s simply appalling that Government parties who like to stand on their hind legs and lecture Parliament regularly about the rights and wrongs of constitutional process, as they sweep their cowlick from side to side, are prepared to stand up and support this legislation which is completely contrary to the democratic values of this country.”[/quote]

The Maori Party has found their voice and Hone Harawira, often thought of as stupid, raises some good points;
[quote]”No government should ever be so arrogant as to make changes to the way in which we elect our representatives without first taking such an important principle to the people for discussion … The Maori Party will not be party to a bill which restricts freedom of speech, and neither will we be party to a bill which penalises people for daring to do so.”

“It’s a complexity which descends into outright absurdity when we find that if someone brings 300 koura to a hui, those juicy crayfish might actually have to be sent to the Electoral Commission to get stamped before being sent back to the hui. And before anyone tries to tell me that the limit only applies to political events, believe me when I tell you that any hui for Maori is a political hui.”[/quote]

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