If you thought it was getting a bit too personal when they got into our showers, it’s getting worse – now they’re getting in to bed with us.
The Green Party population policy isn’t only telling us how many children we should have, it wants to tell us how to space them.
The policy proposes setting a level of population New Zealand could sustain and leaving room within that for climate change refugees from Pacific Islands.
It also wants parents educated about the impacts of population growth when they are planning their family size and how far apart to have children.
The policy is off the planet, so too is the explanation by Keith Locke when he says the policy has been misinterpreted.
“There is no way the Green Party would ever dictate to any parent how many children they should have,” he said. “Every child is a loved and wanted child. It would also be racist to try to dictate family size, given that the various ethnic groups in our society have different birthrates.”
Sadly, Keith, not every child is loved and wanted but that’s a social problem not an environmental one. And ethnicity is irrelevant. If you think something which would be of environmental concern if caused by one group, wouldn’t be if it’s caused by another it’s you who’s being racist.
New Zealand isn’t over populated. As Kiwiblog points out, if we have a population problem at all it’s that our fertility rate is below the 2.1 children per woman needed if the population is to remain static so we’re already going backwards.
This policy also sabotages their billboards because they now give a new message: vote for me – just one child, just like China – not for us.
It also reinforces the message the Greens are for the planet but not for people. Their perfect world would be clean, green and childfree.