Labour’s and Little’s cowardice over euthanasia

Before the last election Maryan Street had the Death with Dignity bill drawn from the ballot, but David Cunliffe spiked it saying that Labour didn’t want distractions during election year.

They were, of course, planning their Dirty Politics/Vote Positive campaign at the time and debating euthanasia would distract from their planned political hit job using stolen data.

After the election and Andrew Little’s union-controlled ascension to the leadership Iain Lees-Galloway proposed picking up Maryan Street’s bill and having another go at it, until he too was told to pull the bill.

Again Labour told us they had other priorities, as if a member’s bill was party business anyway.

Now Andrew Little is unrepentant and refusing to apologise for letting suffering Kiwis continue in pain.

The Labour Party is supporting an inquiry into the euthanasia debate, but it’s not a priority.

A record-breaking public response to a petition to legalise assisted dying has renewed calls for politicians to take action.

The Voluntary Euthanasia Society (VES) said it has received 22,000 submissions on a the petition that sought an inquiry into public opinion and a law change. The final tally of submissions is yet to be confirmed by the Health Select Committee.

So Labour have pulled two bills, don’t see it as a priority but are calling for an inquiry? Sounds like grandstanding in order to create the impression that they care.

Labour leader Andrew Little said other issues such as homelessness, employment and healthcare that would be put before a euthanasia campaign.

But a member’s bill doesn’t need a campaign. This is disingenuous to say the least.

“It would be nice to be able to do everything from Opposition but we can’t, we have to focus on those things that are about building a better nation,” he said.

“That’s gonna be our priority, I make no apology for that.”

Well, I make no apologies for calling Andrew Little a gutless coward.

22,000 people have made submissions  to parliament. Those are submissions, not likes, or tweets, or signatures on a petition – they are submissions. That is huge, but the politicians seem to just want to ignore it. We added Red Peak to the flag referendum on less.

Where Labour could do something positive to help suffering Kiwis they are missing in action, preferring instead to chase more passing buses with what is most likely to be the same results of every other bus chase they’ve performed in recent history.


– Fairfax


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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

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