What would I do?
Labour party supporter Jordan Carter, in comments, does not like people complaining about "my party" (as he calls it). And plenty of people have great need to complain now, particularly about the process or ramming through the Foreshore and Seabed bill. Jordan asks "*what* are you going to do differently?"
First, this from Cullen today:
"Dr Cullen savaged the opposition today as the committee stage debate began.
"They're going to bash their gums for the next 24 hours with absolutely no purpose. They don't understand the bill and don't understand the law," he said
MP's dont like being kept in the dark about things they feel they should know about. Remember when Helen Clark was kept in the dark about a certain John Campbell interview. She called him a "little creep"
Who's the "little creep" now?
Anyway, to not answer the question - just like a good MP - here's what I wouldn’t do:
If I was Helengrad, I wouldn’t steamroll over democracy. I wouldn't rush into urgency over things that weren't urgent. I wouldn’t prevent opposition parties having the opportunity of scrutinising and understanding a bill - and a new 120 page Supplementary Order Paper - they are supposed to vote on. I wouldn’t ignore public submissions to a select committee,especially oral ones, and I wouldn’t be so arrogant to criticise them either.
I would have appealed the Court of Appeal ruling instead of legislating it away similar to what they did with Harry Duynhoven's citizenship kerfuffle. Consequently I wouldn't have quit access to the Privy Council until after the appeal was heard. I would have made an attempt to understand the Treaty of Waitangi and hada public discussion on it . I would take into account the comments from the United Nations.
I would also be honest and transparent. Something that Helengrad and her dictatorship is constantly falling short on in both counts.
If Labour and NZ First party supporters are not appalled by the unjust, arrogant and roughshod process of the Foreshore and Seabed bill, they should really consider whether they are supportive of democracy at all.
I wonder what Jordan Carter would have done differently, given his apparent support of democracy.
update Actually, if I was Helen Clark, I`d probably reinstate John Tamihere as Minister of Yoof Affairs after he is found guilty, take Ruth Dyson to the pub and ask her to drive home, reinstate Lianne Dalziel because she was a hardworking and conscientious - albeit lying - minister. I would make Ashraf Choudhury the chief whip and make Harry Dynhoven the Minister of Immigration. I would ask Donna Awatere- Huata if she'd like to join the party and take the place of Police Minister George Hawkins - but I`d wait until today's court decision - and then I`d speed off in my limousine and go back to signing paintings I didn't paint.