Yet another politician who fails to understand the meaning of democracy



I received the below email from Sue Moroney, a Labour MP who seems to be confused about what democracy actually is. Like the Remoaners from the Remain campaign in Britain, when things don’t go her way she blames it on a lack of democracy.

The government voted for by the people, the government with the majority, is the government that has the power to make decisions. That power was given to them by the people. It is a power that can be taken away easily. It is the whole point of democracy. We can elect people into power and we can remove them from power. MPs who are not part of the government do not have power because we didn’t give them any. If the National government chooses to not go ahead with something Sue Moroney wants, then that is democracy in action.

Unlike the Labour party the National party have the responsibility of managing New Zealand’s finances. They cannot open New Zealand’s purse and spend freely every time Sue Moroney demands it. I liken it to the manager of a business and an employee of a business. The employee wants a coffee machine for the staff cafeteria because it will make the staff happier and more productive, in his opinion. The manager would like to do this for her staff but she looks at the business budget and sees that she cannot provide the coffee machine without cutting important spending elsewhere. Management have the “financial veto power” for a reason. The buck stops with them, not with the employees. It is the same with Sue Moroney’s Paid Parental Leave Bill. It is a lovely, generous idea but her party isn’t the one that has to find the money to fund it.

Dear Juana,
I just wanted to thank you for being a part of our campaign to extend Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks.It all began 14 years ago today, when the fifth Labour Government first introduced Paid Parental Leave in New Zealand. It was just 12 weeks then ? but together we?ve fought hard to extend it to the 18 weeks that it is today.

Parliament debated my Bill to extend Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks. And for the first time in New Zealand history, the debate didn?t finish with a vote.Bill English and National used their financial veto power to block the Bill, despite the majority of MPs voting for it. It was undemocratic and wrong.

This is our second attempt to extend Paid Parental Leave to 26 weeks under this National Government.But we will succeed. Together, we’ll extend Paid Parental Leave after the 2017 election. But to do that, we’re going to have to change the Government.Thanks for everything you?ve done for this campaign ? whether you signed petitions, came to events, donated to print flyers or sent postcards. We can be proud of what we achieved together.


Sue Moroney
Labour MP

-via e-mail