Green party poopers

The Rugby  World Cup is taking place on the other side of the world and matches will be played when most New Zealanders would normally be in bed and pubs are closed.

When UK fans were faced with that scenario in 2011 the government brought in special legislation to allow pubs to open for fans.

Act MP David Seymour drafted a Bill to allow bars to open at extended hours for 2015 Rugby World Cup games but Green Party MPs torpedoed it.

“An internationally televised world cup featuring our own reigning champions should be an opportunity to bring communities together over coffee or beer and showcase our wonderful hospitality facilities,” said Mr Seymour.

“Shutting New Zealanders at home for this event seems like a mean-spirited affront to community freedoms.

“The Greens do themselves no favours by locking themselves in as the party opposed to fun. . .


I’ve no desire to go  to a pub in the wee small hours and if I did go I wouldn’t be drinking anything stronger than water.

I’ve stayed up all night four times in the last 12 years. That was for weddings in Argentina and I drank only one glass of wine at each because I knew any more alcohol would put me to sleep.

But I can see why some people might want to gather in a pub to watch the games, especially if the All Blacks make it to the final.

Green MP Kevin Hague accused Seymour of  using the issue as a publicity stunt.

But it is Hague who is grandstanding.

In being the party pooper  he’s  providing ammunition for those who accuse his party of being the fun police and all for nothing more than negative publicity because the government will probably pick up the Bill.

Too many people drink too much but that’s a problem which won’t be addressed by the party-pooping.


11 Responses to Green party poopers

  1. andrei says:

    David Seymour is just as repulsive as Kevin Hague both repellent people, which is a prerequisite for life in politics

    The Epsom yuppie gifted his place at the trough by National versus the unelectable homosexual activist who slurps courtesy of the vagaries of MPP because the repellent little man could not even muster 5% of the votes of his long suffering electorate – which is being totally screwed over by Government under John Key.

    Perhaps we could bring out the $2 million dollar inflatable Rugby Ball and have a big party for all the pony tail tugging Parnell in crowd to hob nob in while the people on the West Coast waste away as their livelihoods disappear to China because we need to save the planet from CO₂ or some such bullshit


  2. Will Dwan says:

    Big drug night Andrei?


  3. Dave Kennedy says:

    Kevin was right about the current ability to get extended hours through a special licence. I was talking to someone involved in the industry today and they didn’t see why special legislation was necessary. Here we have a large number of pressing issues to deal with such as the housing crisis and a predicted increase of unemployed and this is the sort of popularity legislation that parliament is being forced to spend time on. It was also useful, I guess, to be able to label the Greens as ‘party poopers’. Good grief.


  4. tom hunter says:

    he’s providing ammunition for those who accuse his party of being the fun police

    Funny you should say that as I had the following tune running through my head this morning: sung to the tune of “Cheap Trick’s” little 80’s ditty, this is the new Green Party campaign theme:

    The fun police, they live inside of my head (live inside of my head)
    The fun police, they come to me in my bed (come to me in my bed)
    The fun police, they’re coming to arrest me, oh, no

    Some of the lyrics require no change at all:

    I try to sleep, they’re wide awake, they won’t let me alone
    They don’t get paid to take vacations or let me alone
    They spy on me, I try to hide, they won’t let me alone
    They persecute me, they’re the judge and jury all in one

    “The judge and jury all in one” – that’s so true.


  5. Dave Kennedy says:

    Tom, I guess someone has to be the grown up sometimes 😉

    At least Seymour has adopted many of our suggested changes.


  6. Name Withheld says:

    At least Seymour has adopted many of our suggested changes.
    What “many of our” suggested changes?
    Select committee reference perhaps?
    What else?
    Once again…Utter bollocks from you, Mr Kennedy.


  7. Gravedodger says:

    I heard both the failed attempt and todays successful move and in the absence of the two transcripts there was no discernable difference.

    The Green Party just took another shot and managed to hit both feet with a single round.

    Sometimes it is better to remain silent and be thought stupid than speak and remove all doubt.

    The oh so honourable party that decries Labour and National of polling before acting, pffft, it took less than twenty four hours for the melons to work out their toast had landed honey side down on the carpet.


  8. Dave Kennedy says:

    You need to reed our drug policy, Gravedodger, it is all around minimising harm. We managed to make some worthwhile changes and restrictions around pubs sited near schools and establishments that had a history of ignoring the rules. I still believe extended hour licences would have covered the issue.

    You will note that this was just a populist ploy when things are going badly wrong for the Government. You will see a lot about the flag and the PM making bets on rugby games in the media for a bit 😉


  9. Gravedodger says:

    Are you suggesting the GP drug policy has been updated since the Nandor Tanzcos era.

    Of course you might have to become a part of a future government to implement any policy but that is a fact that seems to escape notice.


  10. jabba says:

    goodness Dave, I see you are in favour of keeping our flag, we agree on something at last


  11. Mr E says:

    Dave says
    “You need to reed our drug policy”
    This from the web:
    ” Reed is common name for several tall, grass-like plants”

    Spend less time in the garden Dave.


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