“Let’s be clear about this referendum – it’s not a citizens-initiated referendum, it’s a Parliamentary-initiated referendum,” says Mr Ryall.
“It has citizens, it has overseas visitors, it has children. This was a Green Party-funded, taxpayer-funded signature collection process. The Green Party paid staff members to go out there and collect signatures.
“They’ve got to prove they’ve got the right number of signatures, there’s up to a year before the referendum happens. The real referendum on this was the 2011 general election. We campaigned on it, we made it clear and we’ve got a mandate.”
The partial sale of a few state assets was the Bogey Man with which opposition parties tried to frighten voters during the election campaign.
National was explicit about the policy, the opposition parties were explicit about their opposition.
National won, they lost. That doesn’t mean everyone who voted for National supports the policy but it does mean they weren’t so opposed to it to vote for the parties which would not have done it.