Guided by conscience


Should MPs be whipped when they vote on alcohol laws?

Tracy Watkins think s not and Kiwiblog agrees with her.

Me too.

There are good reasons for whipping MPs on most matters.

List MPs are there because people voted for their parties not them as individuals. Good electorate MPs will gain some votes in spite of their parties, but the foundation for their support is still the party under whose colours they stand.

However, there are some matters which don’t comfortably fall along party lines, where democracy is better served if MPs are free to vote was they wish, guided by their personal rather than political beliefs.

One example of an issue best left to MPs’ consciences is tobacco. This heartfelt post by Chris Tremain on his father’s death shows why.

Tremain, Goodhew new National whips


Napier MP Chris Tremain has been promoted from junior to senior whip in the National caucus and Rangitata MP Jo Goodhew has been elected junior whip.

I don’t know Chris well but he obviously performed well as junior whip if his colleagues supported his nomination for the senior position.
Jo won Aoraki from Jim Sutton in 2005 and took the new seat of Rangitata with a good majority last year. She is a lovely person who works hard and performs well as the MP for a very large electorate where she is very popular.


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