It is also brown and it stinks.
In 1950 the Holland government finally closed the old folks home for reached used by date M P s.
It included a bribe in the form of placing the saved costs into a welfare fund and required the appointment of 20 new members dubbed the suicide squad.
The Legislative Council as it was called, was created as a check and delay second consideration of bills passed by the lower house but could not proscribe any finance bills,
Originally to consist of 10 min to 15 max appointed troughers, it grew as any beneficial government structure does, to around 35 drones.
Finally in 1951 the government of the day managed to consign it to the rubbish tip of history.
Now 60 years on we find we have another equally useless but very expensive replacement.
A totally undemocratic 'Maori Council', in tandem with the amazing trough that is the quasi judicial Waitangi Tribunal are, by acting in concert, able to prevent a legitimate democratically elected government from carrying out a clearly signaled program of reorganisation of some of the commercial entities that the government owns.
Sadly too many who should care are ignoring this re-creation of a second chamber and the costs are mounting with each day that passes.
It is race based, undemocratic, undesirable , unwanted by a majority but appears to be enabled by lawyers inside the house of representatives, the judiciary and a bunch of beneficiaries of the rort.
It is brown, it is steaming and it stinks.
The plain truth
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