This is a quote from Judy Kirk addressing the National Party northern regional conference on the matter of the EFA,
I don't think it's a damned good idea, Mike Williams; I think it stinks and I think you and your party should be ashamed of yourselves and what you have done to this democracy. You're not prepared to fight with us on ideas. You'd rather break all conventions and ram through anti-democratic legislation. Well you will fail.
Can you guess which part of the quote had me choking?
You're not prepared to fight with us on ideas.
Just which ideas would they find to fight over?
- That the purpose of government is to equalise people's incomes and outcomes?
- That the purpose of government is to use taxpayer's money to do what the private sector can and should do?
- That the purpose of government is to usurp private property rights when it suits?
- That the purpose of government is to intervene in the social and moral spheres of New Zealander's lives when it sees fit?
Now those debates would be worth hearing. But they could never occur between National and Labour whose prescription for government is the same.
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