Yes, it's election year, and yes we can expect politicians of all stripes to say silly things, but the hubris and cant being uttered by the Little man and the OAP from St Mary's Bay over entering the Pike River Mine sure takes the biscuit.
Lets start from the beginning. The Pike River Mine was located on crown land administered by DoC, In 2004 the then Labour Government gave approval for the mine which started coal production in October 2008. On 19 November 2010 an explosion in the mine left 29 dead. There was was a second explosion on 24 November and a third one three days after that. The formal advice tendered to Solid Energy (which purchased the mine from Pike River Coal after it went into receivership) is that the mine is too dangerous to enter and should be sealed. The families of the miners killed in the tragedy commissioned their own advice which suggested an operation to recover the remains of those trapped in the mine (assuming there are any to recover ... temperatures in the mine were assessed to have reached something in the order of 1200 degrees centigrade) was both feasible and practical. One might argue that the families are hardly a disinterested party. Enter Little and Peters to the fray ... they are siding with the families.
So what are they proposing ... introducing amending legislation into Parliament to absolve the Directors of Solid Energy from any liability under the Health & Safety Act should things go wrong in any recovery operation. Quite simply that beggars belief. What if something did go wrong?. Where does that leave the people involved? What recourse would those families have?
Little and Peters are playing politics pure and simple. It's not their lives they're putting at risk. Leading from the back ain't leading. For them, hubris and cant rules OK.