McClay's Easter bill defeated

Todd McClay’s perfectly fine Easter trading bill that would bring some sanity to the present dog bollocks of a law we have now was voted down last night which is a crying shame.

However the shame should be heaped upon the shoulders of the following National MPs.

Shane Ardern (Taranaki-King Country), Chester Borrows (Whanganui), Bill English (Clutha-Southland ), Phil Heatley (Whangarei), Sam Lotu-Iiga (Maungakiekie), Tim Macindoe (Hamilton West), Eric Roy (Invercargill), Katrina Shanks (list), Jonathan Young (New Plymouth)

Not only did you vote with a bunch of unionised pinko wankers and watermelons, I would also like to point out the opening statement about what National stands for;

The National Party was founded on principles of individual responsibility, private enterprise, and reward for individual effort. These principles are the only sure path to a society of personal freedom and rising standards of living for all.

Even though some of those opposed are devout Christians I would bet they think Easter Sunday is a sacred day, well if it is then vote to make it the public holiday and not Monday. Even though Easter was appropriated from another religion in order to encourage conversion. It is the Sabbath that counts and folks, that is Saturday.

Most Kiwis aren’t Christian o to prevent them shopping on a day that is meaningless to them doesn’t promote individual responsibility, private enterprise or reward for individual effort. Sad effort.


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  • Lucy

    The National Party was founded on those principles but unfortunately as demonstrated by Katrina those principles have come to mean something else entirely.

    It is no longer about the voters/ publics individual responsibility, it is now about the politicians individual responsibility and although the politicians have the luxury of executing that right, we dont. We have to be told what we can/cannot do.

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  • Scanner

    Jim Anderton voted against it, Peter Dunne voted for it, the question I have, is did all the other MPs in their respective parties vote with Jimbo and Pete on this one?

  • WhaleOil

    The National Party is indeed founded on principles of "individual responsibility, private enterprise, and reward for individual effort. "

    In exercising my "individual responsibility" I voted against Easter Sunday trading for the following reasons.
    Family time is a precious commodity and continual pressure on retailers to open longer hours, has IMO already seriously eroded the time working parents can spend with their children.

    As a mother of three young children myself and an MP, I am acutely aware of the stresses and strains that long working hours can have on family life.

    I have had a number of emails to my office this morning thanking me for my “independence over this issue” and for taking a “good sense and family-minded stance”

    By the way I note that Ohariu’s Peter Dunne voted for Easter Sunday trading while Labour’s Charles Chauvel, also based in Ohariu voted for against it.

    • petal

      First, Katrina, well done for entering the lion's den here, and putting your case.

      But I'm sorry to say you HAVE missed the point. You as a parent decide when to work and not to work to spend time with your children.

      You as a parent should not get to decide when I can and can not go shopping.

      I understand you try to protect family time, but your argument is flawed. You fail to understand where the personal responsibility lies — you making decisions what I can and can not do does not fall in that category, and it is typical of the previous Government that got turfed out on its ear for misunderstanding that same principle. (They are Labour, after all – that IS the way they do things).

  • See Katrina that is where you have missed the point. If you exercised your individual responsibility then taking control of your family time would be up to you not the nanny state to say when you can and can't shop, or even where in this case. Easter Sunday isn't even a public holiday. The Monday is which has no religious significance at all.

    Labour bloc voted because they are now controled utterly by the EPMU and Andrew Little who told them to vote in a bloc. No conscience vote there.

    If family time is so precious then take some individual responsibility and maker it more important for YOU and stop telling other people what to do.

    Also what about the poor families in Queenstown and Taupo, you didn't care enough about them to propose an amendment that would free them from the shackles of having to work on Sunday.

    And tell me again why this Sunday is more important than any other given Sunday in the calendar.

  • Sally


    Key & Smith's 'horse trading' skills will be sought after at Copenhagen.

    Interesting to note that Tim MacIndoe voted against the bill. He's very quick to attack the messenger, instead he ignores the message.

  • Robert

    Ms Shanks. Individual responsibility is just that. Ones individual responsibility to chose and accept the results of that choice and to manage around that choice. It is not collective responsibility which is what this vote was. Oh you can dress it up and say you made a choice but you made your choice for the rest of us and you did not make mine nor anybody else's. Worse you sided with the socialists and for that you have denied your own charter.
    Seems clear that you fail to understand the issue of principle.