Wednesday, November 25, 2009

No right turn, comments on post: The first secret bill..

I rarely look at "no right turn". Not because I disagree with most of what he writes (allthough I do) but because he does not permit comments. Blogging for me has sadly become mainly about reading the comments with maybe two or three notable exceptions.

Anyway, his most recent post mentions the retrospective implementation of a law affecting the way new cops are sworn in. It looks to me like they are fixing a cock up and fair enough too I guess (allthough it has to be a guess because as NRT points out it is all being done urgently and without any info).
He then goes on to have a pop at those of us that screamed about Clark using retrospective legislation and wondering whether we will scream about the Nats doing it..

In reply to that I would have to say.
YES.
I for one will scream the house down if National introduce retrospective legislation to avoid having to face Bernard Darnton in court and to legislate their way out of a situation where they got caught blatantly stealing and defrauding the country to prop up their party finances.

Readers should in no way perceive this post as support in any way whatsoever for National.
The events of the last 12 months have demonstrated to me that they are no better than the last lot of wankers. The ETS is only the most recent example of rank stupidity that began when they did not hang Cullen and co by their toes for breaching PREFU.
The only upside is that Clark is gone.

2 comments:

Inventory2 said...

Agreed BB - retrospective legislation in itself if not the problem; the problem is the intent of such legislation.

Labour's famous "rewite of history" in 2006 was a cynical attempt to avoid a lawsuit and possible criminal proceedings. Last night's law change tidied up a small area of a law (passed by the previous government) which might have seen scumbags get off on a technicality. To not change the law retrospectively once the [possible consequences were known would have been folly, whoever was in government.

And as far as the ETS goes, I have no idea what National is up to, which is a concern. About the only positive I can take from it (and it's a very small positive!) is that the new law will be less bad than Labour's , merely because the Greens had no input into it!

mawm said...

The events of the last 12 months have demonstrated to me that they are no better than the last lot of wankers. The ETS is only the most recent example of rank stupidity ...
The only upside is that Clark is gone.


Exactly!