The Labour party passed a remit on the weekend looking at legalising euthanasia.
Michadel Cullen had a hand in it:
Cullen played a part in a remit in support of euthanasia which was passed by the conference. He had proposed an amendment to acknowledge there were differing views on it among members to make them more comfortable about supporting it.
Cullen – whose previous Labour roles have included Deputy Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Attorney-General – said he personally supported euthanasia.
He said he was already being kept alive by medical science, courtesy of a pacemaker installed two years ago. However, if he lost his mental or physical functions he supported the right to choose to die.
“My own personal position is that if it was me, I don’t want to get to the state where my mind deteriorated to the point where I might actually support the National Party. In other words, I’ve forgotten who I am and what I am.”
To my mind, Labour has no right to discuss euthanasia considering they have shown abject cowardice on this topic.
Maryan Street had a bill in the parliament ready to go through the process after being drawn from the member’s ballot. At the behest of David Cunliffe the bill was withdrawn because they didn’t want it to interfere with the election.
A bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia has been withdrawn amid fears it would become a political football during election year.
Labour MP Maryan Street withdrew her End of Life Choice Bill before today’s member’s bill ballot.
Street said there would probably be only two more days this year in which member’s bills would be considered by the House.
“Anything that is drawn, including the ones drawn today, will be debated in election year, and I don’t want my bill debated in election year,” she said.
“I’m concerned that it would not get the treatment it deserves. It needs sober, considered reflection, and that’s not a hallmark of election years in my experience.”
The move was simply pragmatism, she said, and she “absolutely” planned to put it back in the ballot after the election.
Except Labour performed so poorly Maryan Street never made it back into parliament. Instead, it was left to Iain Lees-Galloway to push forward and he was as gutless as Maryan Street:
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.”
So, Andrew Little is a selfish bastard who would rather people died in pain and suffering with no choices, because he wants to rebuild his shattered party. So, so, selfish.
The Labour has no right whatsoever to be debating euthanasia and I wonder why Maryan Street ended up with a job lobbying for euthanasia when she showed so much cowardice when under pressure.
Labour has shown themselves to be self-absorbed, uncaring and self-interested. They are unfit to even have a debate on the issue.
Anytime Labour brings up this issue National ministers and Media should ask Andrew Little to explain his party’s selfish attitude.
– Fairfax, NZ Herald