First our politicians stole from taxpayers, using the public purse to campaign. Now, they’ve passed retrospective, ex post facto legislation deeming their actions legal. What heck sort of democracy is this? How would you like it, politicians, if someone came and burgled from you and then his actions were deemed legal, making him immune from prosecution?
When the US Constitution was drafted, the Founding Fathers made sure that such legislation could never happen. It looks like New Zealand, with all our pride about being ﬁrst in giving women the right to vote, or voting a transsexual into public ofﬁce, is a few centuries behind the States on a sense of the rule of law—and are engaging in the sort of thing that feudal lords did.
Result: any goodwill we had generated in the last century can rapidly disappear and Don Brash’s charges of the Labour Party being corrupt will look tame. I suspect we are already the laughing-stock of nations among constitutional experts, with the sort of image normally reserved for Communist banana republics. Perhaps this is an aim of the Prime Minister’s as she settles in to her ﬁnal term and goes power-mad?
And Brash, as the Leader of the Opposition, will gain massive brownie points by opposing the legislation—even if his party’s minority will mean this is an ineffective show. Still, the National Party misspent in the region of $11,912—not Labour’s $824,524 or New Zealand First’s $157,934 (which that party challenges and has so far refused to pay back), meaning the parties in power are the two that have stolen an election and have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar. I have no conﬁdence in the New Zealand government, and on hearing this news, I believe the only people who will want to deal with us are money launderers and drug lords. Pity we can’t do a Gray Davis-style recall.
The only person who can stop this now is the Governor-General, and a petition was recently circulated here. I am not sure if the bill has already been given Royal Assent, but if the G-G wants to show his patriotism, I suggest he uses his legal skills and stop this POS from being passed. Let the politicians feel constipated—and under threat. Parliamentary sovereignty my ass.
Somehow, I doubt we will see Parliament sacked and HE Anand Satyanand, the Governor-General, will not “do a John Kerr” to avoid a constitutional chaos so early in his term. If he did, he would have public support. Still, I ain’t sitting down when I know I should do something, and encourage all freedom-loving, fair-minded New Zealanders to sign the petition.
Del.icio.us tags: New Zealand corruption Labour ex post facto legislation retrospective legislation cover-up illegal campaign spending constitution unconstitutional New Zealand First Helen Clark Winston Peters Don Brash Posted by Jack Yan, 21:19
Sorry to hear of Labour's shenanigans. Good luck putting up the good fight. We've had plenty over here in the U.S. too. The big question for us now is the national election in November. The effects of that election could be enormous and costly. We'll see what happens.
I notice a shift to the left when it comes to media coverage and that is disturbing. Even the President’s equating Iraq to Vietnam, intended or not, has been picked up by the MSM here. These are not good signs for the west (and the US) establishing a useful base in the Middle East as we have in Korea or Germany to ensure global stability.Post a Comment
I can only hope that we get these corrupt liberals out of power here—they are dangerous for business, and now, they are dangerous for the rule of law. They are corrupt at worst and stupid at best—I cannot think of too many good things to say after they attempted this ex post facto bill, one that would be laughed out of Congress in your country.
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