No Right Turn has an excellent post pointing out that National is misusing urgency in a manner unseen since the bad old days of Douglas and Richardson:
You have to go back to Douglas and Richardson to see this sort of abuse of the Parliamentary process. And if this is how National intends to run Parliament – as if the change to MMP had never happened, and this was still an FPP elected dictatorship
Frankly this is a disgusting and anti-democratic abuse of urgency. As NRT points out NZPA is reporting that many of the bills haven’t been drafted and some don’t even have names!
The National/Act tactic is clearly designed to leave little time for debate and disclosure of their plans and to ensure that anyone with an opposing view is left with as little time as possible to analyse and critique them.
And while we’re talking about ramming unpleasant legislation through, expect the fire at will bill to come up tomorrow. Merry Christmas.