Government misuse of urgency offensive and a national disgrace
There has been a lot of chatter on the right and the left about this Government's misuse of urgency. Even David Farrar at kiwiblogh cant tolerate it, and the fact is, no NZer should.
Our democracy has a set of checks and balances built into it so that fucking stupid law doesn't get implemented, there is no honour in the way John Key's Government have behaved when it comes to misusing urgency, and there can be no skipping and laughing for those on the right, because while he's your boy implementing your right wing fantasies, the manner in which John Key has ridden rough shot over
This is not a left wing or right wing issue, this is a NZ issue of process and the truth is that John Key and this National Government have molested our democratic process in such a way that every one of us should be on our feet demanding the Government stop misusing urgency.
National Party online mouthpiece David Farrar and Labour's next hope for watered down wit, Grant Robertson have just concluded an investigation into this Government's misuse of urgency to bypass democratic oversight and the numbers are shocking...
Overall for the three Parliaments under the last Labour government the total percentage of time used for urgency was 13% (99-02) 21% (02-05) 10% (05-08). National have not completed their three years but are sitting at 31% after just over two years. Although they have another year to go, I think we can say on balance that National has used urgency more overall particularly because the percentage of time in urgency has remained high
...if Labour had pulled this shit, if they had rammed through legislation without the proper democratic checks and balances the mainstream media would be writing editorials on how to make molotov cocktails alongside the addresses of Cabinet Ministers. The fact John Key can smile and wave and get away with it is the tragedy.