Who will hide behind the shield of sanctimony today?

Labour has a problem with the SkyCity bill today…nearly a quarter of their caucus and most of their heavy hitters in the house run the risk of being called hypocrites as they stand and speak from behind the shield of sanctimony.

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Which way will they vote?
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Which ones of those on the list above have the courage to take a hiding for speaking against the bill when they have enjoyed the largesse of SkyCity before? Which ones have since enjoyed the hospitality of SkyCity again further dipping deep into the trough of hypocrisy? Will they come out from behind the shield of sanctimony?  

Meanwhile the Greens have erected their own shield of sanctimony and Metiria Turei has said that John Key is a very naughty boy for whipping his caucus on the bill.

Prime Minister John Key’s clampdown on his MPs for today’s conscience vote on the Sky City convention centre deal is “extremely bad behaviour”, says Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei.

Under the legislation, Sky City will be allowed to install hundreds more pokie machines and gaming tables, and have its gambling licence extended through to 2048.  In return, the casino operator will build a $400 million convention centre.

Today’s first reading of the bill will be followed by a conscience vote, as ruled by the Speaker yesterday, meaning MPs will be allowed to vote on it however they want, regardless of party lines.

That is the theory at least. But in the real world, Mr Key says none of his MPs will be crossing the floor to vote against the deal.

“Every single National MP campaigned on the convention centre,” he said yesterday. “It was part of our policy, so all 59 will be voting for it.”

I don’t know why Metiria is getting all sanctimonious about this, the Greens have whipped their own members before on conscience issues.

What will be funny though is with a conscience vote we may see some Labour members vote in favour…those that are pro-jobs, pro-business and want deals that cost the government nothing.

If they don;t vote for it, especially those who have enjoyed the hospitality of SkyCity then you have to question whether or not David Shearer is also whipping his caucus to vote against the bill…will Metiria get on her high horse about that too?


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