Good on Chris Carter. He’s the only politician on Left taking some leadership in opposing the National Government’s abandonment of New Zealand’s anti-whaling stance. Today he launched an online petition against the government’s position. Carter writes:
“John Key’s great plan to save the whales is apparently allowing the Japanese to hunt them commercially. This appalling move can only be stopped by public pressure, so the New Zealand Labour Party is starting an online petition
John Key and Murray McCully should be working with the Australian Government which has given Japan a clear choice: stop killing whales in the Southern Ocean by November or this year face the legal consequences at the International Court of Justice. New Zealand should be joining with Australia in this action instead of undermining Australia’s efforts”
Where are the Greens when every environmental group is vehemently opposing this plan? Last I heard, Russel Norman was on some kayaking tour.
Where are the Maori Party? A commenter says they have heard from Te Ururoa Flavell that there’s no way they would support a backflip on whaling, but officially they are silient.
Where is Phil Goff? Yeah the Axe the Tax tour is going really well and it’s great that he’s getting out there but here’s another huge issue on which he should have made a statement by now. Carter’s doing a fine job but the Leader’s got to step up.
I’d encourage Carter to set up a Facebook group too. I know, everyone does it but it’s a great way to show the public feeling over an issue and get like-minded people talking.
Look at the Save NZ Radio group, about to overtake John Key’s group for number of members, and the 5,000 people who have joined the anti-Wellywood sign group in a day and a half. Both have earned media coverage and shown the strength of community feeling.
You’ll get far more people on a facebook group than a e-petition. That will really show the Government Kiwis’ depth of feeling about whaling.