I don’t want to play with you anymore, John
Further to yesterday’s post, Sue Bradford says she won’t meet with John Key over her smacking bill because Key wants her to admit that her bill effectively outlaws correction. But Bradford’s response is surprisingly ignorant.
I now find that unless I agree to change my bill in the way that he wants even before the talks begin, he seems no longer willing to meet with me.
But Key is not refusing to meet with her, nor is he asking Bradford to change her bill before the meeting, he is merely asking her to publicly interpret its intent in line with the view of the Law Commission – i.e. this bill bans correction - or plainly state why it doesn’t.
If she’s not going to do that for purely political reasons, the talks won’t happen and just confirms what everyone knows, that this bill bans corrective smacking, Bradford knows it, the public knows she knows it and also knows that she hasn’t got the balls to admit it.
Helen Clark also knows the bill bans correction but wont publically admit it either, which is perhaps why she didn’t want the Government to take the bill on. That refusal to admit the facts early on in the piece was a political mistake and led to the Labour PR cock-up on this bill.