Monday, June 23, 2014

Conservative Party policies

The Conservative Party launched yesterday with an emphasis on these policies:

The headline policies of this campaign will be:
1. That referendum become binding on government,
2. That we stop dividing the country on the basis of race. All New Zealanders should have equal rights and privileges under the law
3. That we stop discounting justice. Those who commit crimes do the time they are sentenced to, with longer sentences for violent crimes, and a requirement that prisoner’s do some hard work to repay victims and society.
4. Simplify the tax system, closing loop holes, and the introduction of a tax free threshold that provides a tax break for all New Zealanders, not just the wealthy.

1/ Tyranny of the majority

2/ Absolutely although I would prefer to see the word 'responsibilities' substituted for 'privileges'.

3/  I like the idea of shortened sentences for good behaviour and demonstrated efforts to rehabilitate. On the other hand we have a serious problem with paroling dangerous people. I recently visited someone in prison who talked about the number of people he knew would re-offend on release. They were hellbent on pay back.

4/ Another I can't disagree with.

I hope Christine Rankin does stand. She's colourful and outspoken.

Update ACT criticises The Conservative Party tax policy here.


Anonymous said...

Unfortunately they don't know how to use an apostrophe.

Anonymous said...

I'd much rather have tyranny of the majority rather than tyranny of the political elite

Don Mckenzie said...

Hullo Lyndsay, your opinion and knowledge on welfare matters is beyond compare. On BCIR Swiss style, would be best if you studied how it has made Switzerland and then you can comment with out 'knee

Anonymous said...

I agree with anonymous. At the moment we have the tyranny of the political elite who think the rest of us are dumb, or neanderthals or both.

Psycho Milt said...

On BCIR Swiss style, would be best if you studied how it has made Switzerland...

...pretty much the last country in the developed world to introduce universal adult suffrage. Seriously, tyranny of the majority.

S. Beast said...

Who specifically are the ones with privileges?

The foreign land owners buying up beachside property and then refusing access? Maori who are statistically underpriviledged (and settlement money often benefits low income communities such as Newtown with various racial profiles)?