Today we saw Justice Minister Simon Power get a front-page story for proposing a ‘reform‘ of the justice system that is actually just existing law (one wonders whether there’ll be days of recrimination coverage in Granny arising from that).
In a few months, we’ll see National table a Bill to remove provocation as a partial defence to a murder charge. The incredible thing about that is yesterday Lianne Dalziel asked for the leave of the House to table her Crimes (Abolition of Defence of Provocation) Amendment Bill, and National blocked it.
National has blocked a Bill from an opposition member so that in several months it can pass its own Bill for the same outcome. Clearly, National is not as interested in removing provocation as it is in public grandstanding on the issue.