The organisers of a petition to force a referendum on the partial sale of a few state assets say they have more than the 310,000 signatures required.
The signatures will have to be checked but with around 340,000 there will probably still be enough to force the referendum when invalid ones are removed.
It is nothing but a very expensive political stunt which, regardless of the result, the government will ignore as it has a right to do.
National campaigned on the mixed ownership model and won.
Opposition parties, Labour in particular, campaigned against the issue and lost.
That doesn’t mean everyone who voted for National supports the partial sales policy nor that everyone who voted for other parties opposes it.
But voters aren’t voting for or against individual policies they’re voting for or against a package.
Enough people voted for National to enable it to lead a government and whether that was because of or in spite of the partial sales policy is irrelevant.
National won and the policy is a fundamental part of its economic programme.
The referendum will merely provide very costly publicity for the parties promoting it at our expense.