Gutless Labour MP drops euthanasia bill because Andrew Little says so

He is quite happy to run one up loose stenographers, but when his leader tells him to drop a bill, he doesn’t even blink.

Iain Lees-Galloway has bowed to orders from his leader to drop the euthanasia bill he picked up from unwanted List MP Maryan Street.

Labour says they don;t want the distraction they’d rather focus on other things.

A bill which would legalise voluntary euthanasia has been dropped by Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway at the request of his leader Andrew Little.

Mr Lees-Galloway had been canvassing support for his End of Life Choice Bill before deciding whether to return it to the private members’ bill ballot.

But Mr Little confirmed yesterday that he had told Mr Lees-Galloway not to put it in the ballot because it was not an issue Labour should be focused on when it was rebuilding.

“It comes down to priorities at the moment,” Mr Little said. “We are very much focused on … jobs and economic security.

“There are more people affected by weak labour market regulation and weak economic strategy than they are about the right to make explicit choices about how they die.”
The bill would have allowed any adult suffering from a condition likely to cause their death within 12 months to request medical assistance to die.

Mr Little said Labour was still a socially progressive party under his leadership.

“It’s not about avoiding controversy but it’s about choosing the controversies that are best for us at this point in time. That stuff on euthanasia, it isn’t the time for us to be talking about that.”

Cowardice. Gutlessness.

Labour is afraid of controversy, instead they want to keep on banging on about dirty politics.

It looks like other MPS and parties are equally squeamish. Kevin Hague is more interested in hounding Katherine Rich than passing a law that will help terminally ill people suffering.

Prime Minister John Key has previously said he supported speeding up the process of death for a terminally ill patient but he felt the End of Life Choice Bill went too far.

Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague said he was disappointed the bill had been dropped but it was unlikely anyone in his party would take it up at this stage.

Mr Lees-Galloway, who is also the party’s labour spokesman, was now working on a bill to ban “zero hour” contracts.

I fail to see why they wouldn’t, the public supports euthanasia, it is hardly controversial now.

Opinion polls have shown strong public support for legalising euthanasia, but any Parliamentary debate is now unlikely to occur until at least the next term unless another MP drafts a bill or Government takes up the issue.

This is the problem that MMP delivers up…a lack of courage and vanilla MPs too afraid of upsetting people.

We live in a strange country where we allow women to choose what to do with “their” bodies and allow them to kill new human beings, but if those same women get to the end of their life and are in pain and suffering as they die from a terminal illness they aren’t allowed to choose what to do with that same body.


– NZ Herald

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