Just one vote, a wafer thin majority?

Labour and those who oppose are constantly banging on about the fact that the GCSB Bill will be passed “with a single vote” or passing it with “a wafer thin majority”.

This is ridiculous. Patently and demonstrably ridiculous.

Are they seriously suggesting that this is not democratic? It would appear that they are, they go on and on and on about it…watch parliament…speaker after speaker uses the lines “passed with a single vote” or passing it with “a wafer thin majority”.   

If they are seriously suggesting that a majority of our parliament isn’t democratic then how would they explain the defeat of the bill by “a single vote”…they were certainly begging for a National MP to cross the floor the other night in the Town Hall in Auckland…but surely that wouldn’t be a mandate either…surely that should be ignored if they defeat the bill by just a single vote.

It is ludicrous in the extreme.

At the least though they have set themselves up for the same silly arguments when they are in government and have just a single vote keeping them there.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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