There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth from the right when Labour and the Greens filibustered the other week to draw the public’s attention to the supercity bill being rammed through Parliament.
‘Think of the cost”, they cried, which makes me wonder why they don’t propose getting rid of Parliament altogether to save a few bucks. Leave aside the fact that urgency doesn’t cost much – a bit of lighting and heat, some overtime for the security guards. Instead, consider this:
In December last year, National forced Parliament to sit in urgency to pass its tax cuts.
Today, it’s forcing Parliament to sit in urgency to repeal those same tax cuts.