Collins has given us a little teaser of what’s in her car-crushing law. As any fool could have predicted the fascist in her couldn’t stop just at crushing the cars of repeat traffic offenders who don’t pay their fines.
“Local authorities will be able to create bylaws prevent vehicles repeatedly “cruising” city streets.” Think about that.
No wrongdoing there. No dangerous driving needed. No refusal to pay fines needed. No excessive noise needed. No disturbance of the peace needed. Councils will be able to fine drivers just for driving around.
The punishment will be just for being a boyracer doing peaceful, non-disturbing boyracer stuff. What’s next? If a minister who has a hang up about getting chewing gum won their shoe will they give councils the power to fine you just for chewing even if you throw the gum in the rubbish?
I hope you’ve got a problem with that. The Bill of Rights does:
16. Freedom of peaceful assembly
Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.
17. Freedom of association
Everyone has the right to freedom of association.
18. Freedom of movement
(1) Everyone lawfully in New Zealand has the right to freedom of movement and residence in New Zealand.
I’m no lawyer. I know we’ve got rights in this country though. They shouldn’t be taken away without good reason.
There will be the usual response from the Right. ‘Who cares about boyracers’ rights?’ I don’t care much about boyracers. Dumb way to spend your time and money. I do care about people’s rights though. So should you.
If you and I turn a blind eye when boyracers have their rights taken away with no good reason, who stand beside us when it’s our rights for the chop?