Another Green retiring


Green Party MP Keith Locke has announced he’ll be retiring from parliament at the election.

Two of the party’s MPs – Jeanette Fitzsimons and Sue Bradford  already stepped down during this term and Sue Sue Kedgely has also announced she won’t be standing again.

That’s a lot of renewal for a wee party.

Kiwis love a bargain


Hemi Te Hipkins Senior Cultural Policy Analyst Cultural Policy Section Ministry of Internal Affairs Wellington has found a good reason why few of us are agitating to become a republic.

In a confidential de-briefing to Prince William he writes:

Ignore the gloomy republicans, Sir. Most of us are happy to maintain 1000 years of tradition (or whakapapa as we usually call it here), especially since we basically get the lot on the cheap.

Kiwis love a bargain, Sir, and what we’ve got is a bit like belonging to a library rather than buying the book. We get a Governor General, a couple of posh houses, nice visits (like yours), the odd Speech from the Throne, your Gran’s message at Christmas, and it all costs us about the same as the French pay for Mrs Sarkozy’s posh frocks – and a lot less than the Yanks cough up to run Obama’s chopper!

Apropos of William and our constitutional relationships, Chris Trotter at Bowalley Road has found historical precedents for not following strict rules of succession and has come up with a cunning plan:

WHY NOT KING BILLY? Seriously. It would make the monarchy interesting again – and God knows it needs it!
The alternative is Keith Locke’s worthy (but dull) Head-of-State Referenda Bill, which, if it becomes law, will almost certainly deliver some worthy (but dull) former judge or prime minister (Dame Sylvia Cartwright. Jim Bolger? Helen Clark!) as New Zealand’s first president.
No, if the monarchists are serious about preserving our current constitutional monarchy, HRH Prince William is their best bet. . .
. . .  So come on Prime Minister, introduce your own “Royal Succession Bill” and turn HRH Prince William into our very own “King Billy”.
If he refuses his antipodean subjects, he’ll be effectively declaring the New Zealand Republic.
President Helen Clark – anyone?

Now there’s a thought to turn some republicans back into monarchists, but it might also strengthen the resolve of some republicans.


Clean, green and childfree


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.

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