Nuclear Free gone by lunchtime?
Leaked survey reveals questions over nuclear ban
New Zealanders are being asked whether the Government should allow nuclear-powered ships back into our waters. Since the 1980s prime minister David Lange banned nuclear weapons and nuclear power, sparking a diplomatic stand-off with the US that has never been resolved, the nuclear ship issue has become a sacrosanct touchstone of New Zealand foreign policy. But now, workers for a market research company have disclosed they have been polling voters about nuclear power. The workers have been in a pay dispute with their employer, Oceania Customer Interaction Service (OCIS). The Unite union last night settled its dispute with the company, but not before claiming the survey was being carried out for the National Party. The National Party has denied it was involved. A spokesman for Prime Minister John Key said: "We've never heard of the company, and we're not using them." He said National had no intention of changing the anti-nuclear policy. Unite boss Mike Treen said members at the North Shore-based OCIS call centre had last month conducted a short survey about attitudes towards dropping the ban on nuclear-powered vessels. He said staff believed the client was the National Party.
Why would National even try and bring this dead dog back from it’s rotting, maggot infested resting place? It just makes no sense, nuclear free is so part of our national identity it would only be the most American arse-licking-right-wing-loving MP who would even consider it – where is McCully? What is he doing? It would be much more likely that the Nuclear Industry itself would be testing out public sentiment to try and see if there has been any shift as they would LOVE to have a reactor in NZ for PR purposes, that would make sense – but National doing the research? Key was pretty clear it wasn’t him on Breakfast this morning, so he’s now put his reputation on the line by denying it, he better hope Unite don’t have any information connecting the client to this research…