Bill Ralston thinks Key is doing just super, which is perhaps to be expected since Key employs Ralston’s company for media training.
He also thinks this whole ‘democracy’ thing is a bit of a pain in the arse and it’s great that National/ACT is ignoring it:
“Where is the debate, the argument and the painfully slow progress of legislation through select committees? Thankfully missing.”
Public and expert input, the opportunity to iron out flaws, yawn. So much better to have laws tabled one day and passed the next. I’m surprised Bill doesn’t just promote secret laws. Why bother with the tedium of making them public at all?
Oh, and Bill, the cynical ‘Governments never do what they promise’ smugness is real cool. Keep it up.
Back in the real world, the Herald on Sunday has a devastating editorial:
[National/ACT] has adopted a bulldozing approach that is disturbingly at odds with democratic Government. Gerry Brownlee would not even name the bills to be passed under urgency, but only the subject areas that they canvassed. Worse, he refused to give Opposition parties advance copies of any of the bills, until just before they were to be debated in Parliament.
The fact that the matters were being dealt with under urgency already meant that there would be no chance for public submission; there is no room in the action plan for tedious details such as the select committee
process, by which interested parties get to express their view about
proposed legislation. But the public was denied the opportunity to even see the legislation, because the Nats were producing for debate law that had not been completely drafted and officially tabled and therefore, under Parliament’s rules, cannot be formally published.
Extraordinarily, it was left to the Greens to scan paper copies and, in a samizdat-style operation reminiscent of the gulag-era Soviet Union, publish them on its own website. It is a state of affairs seriously at odds with the notion of a Parliamentary democracy.