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September 29, 2010

Dangerous to your starfleet, Commander, not to this battle station.

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 1:36 pm

Just to pick up on one of the points made by our rebel scum legal luminaries in their open letter about the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010:

Furthermore, the Act now stands as a dangerous precedent for future “emergency” situations. This earthquake, devastating though it has been, will not be the last natural disaster to strike New Zealand. When the next event does occur, inevitably there will be calls for a similar legislative response, which will be very difficult to resist given this example.

National’s cheerleaders supported the CEERA on the grounds that Brownlee will be a ‘good dictator’ (to quote David Farrar). But Key won’t be around forever, sooner or later there will be another natural disaster while Labour and their coalition partners are in government at which point Labour will – quite reasonably – pass a similar bill giving themselves dictatorial powers. The question isn’t whether or not you think Gerry Brownlee will be a good dictator, the question is whether you think every politician with the potential to have these powers in future will be a good dictator.

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18 Comments »

  1. Of course Danyl’s right, but we don’t even need to wait for a similar bill passed by Labour.

    The current law is in place until April 2012 (incredibly, Brownlee’s original proposal was 2015). There will be an election well before then, and probably negotiations between parties after that. Time to divvy up the baubles.

    So if you think Key/Goff are so principled that they would rather be in opposition than give such power to (say) Winston Peters, then there’s no problem. Of course if you think that, you’re obviously pissed out of your skull, but apart from that, there’s no problem.

    Comment by sammy — September 29, 2010 @ 1:58 pm

  2. I wonder what old Winston is thinking… anyone want to speculate what he would include under the umbrella of helping rebuild Canterbury? It could happen people…

    Comment by Justin — September 29, 2010 @ 2:27 pm

  3. The Winston Cup, the richest horse race in the world.

    Comment by Pat — September 29, 2010 @ 2:35 pm

  4. “…the question is whether you think every politician with the potential to have these powers in future will be a good dictator.”

    If the roof collapsed in the parliament debating chamber, wouldn’t that leave Chris Carter in charge?

    Comment by Pat — September 29, 2010 @ 2:40 pm

  5. Danyl,

    Would you please stop wringing your hands? The good people of Kaipoi welcome dictators of all stripes. This sort of speculation isn’t even worth responding to.

    I think that’s the message from on high …

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — September 29, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

  6. The sign of a good dictator would be giving every house without a working toilet its own port-a-loo. Instead of one per street.

    Comment by Pat — September 29, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

  7. Kaipoi, kaipoi Andrew et al! Kaipoi! Well done!

    Comment by philoff — September 29, 2010 @ 3:27 pm

  8. You make a good point and when you take the previous governments scoff-law attitude into account it should cause alarm in all of us.

    Comment by Barnsley Bill — September 29, 2010 @ 3:49 pm

  9. The good people of Kaipoi welcome dictators of all stripes.

    That’s the cool thing about dictators, it’s only the bad people that don’t welcome them.
    Good Germans, everything is kapoi.

    Comment by joe W — September 29, 2010 @ 3:55 pm

  10. “Twenty-seven academic experts in constitutional law…”

    The usual bunch of namby-pamby, limp-wristed liberal pinkos, no doubt. And I agree with their every word.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — September 29, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

  11. “6.The sign of a good dictator would be giving every house without a working toilet its own port-a-loo. Instead of one per street.” says Pat. I must say, this Wellingtonian was dismayed on Chch residents’ behalf, upon learning that the ratio will be improved to 1 loo for every 5 homes. Bring back pail closets and the night wagon?

    Comment by Clunking Fist — September 29, 2010 @ 5:27 pm

  12. Personally, I’m not getting the title of this post. Unless Andrew actualy DID bullseye those whomprats back home in his T-16?

    Comment by Clunking Fist — September 29, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

  13. Why trust Gerry Brownlie anyway — his behaviour over mining and oil exploration don’t give me any confidence he can be trusted — or even that his realises we have moved on from the 19th century.

    Comment by Andrew R — September 29, 2010 @ 6:05 pm

  14. Key won’t be around forever, Labour and their coalition partners are in government, sooner or later there will be another natural disaster

    thanks Cassandra, I’m booking my ticket for Sydney tomorrow. Don’t say nobody ever listens.

    Comment by NeilM — September 29, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

  15. “Personally, I’m not getting the title of this post. Unless Andrew actualy DID bullseye those whomprats back home in his T-16?”

    As always Google presents an answer: the quote’s from one Admiral Motti, who had absolute confidence that the Death Star he commanded would be invulnerable to all threats now and in future.

    To him the Rebel Alliance seemed utterly hopeless by comparison. And indeed, at the time he said it, a rebel plan to take the station down hadn’t yet emerged. We know what happened later. (Twice.)

    So: rash moves and declarations, based on a mistaken belief in the permanence of a present advantage?

    Comment by Sam Finnemore — September 30, 2010 @ 9:29 am

  16. For the record, I have never bullseyed any womp rats at home or elsewhere, whether in a T-16 or any other vehicle.

    In fact, I’m with the Family Guy “Blue Harvest” parody on this … isn’t taking delight in the needless killing of small animals one of the signs of psychopathy?

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — September 30, 2010 @ 9:52 am

  17. Come on: they’re “not much bigger than 2 metres”. Anything bigger than me is in the firing line.

    I’m minidful of “[Gerry Brownlee], I might have known: only you could be so bold. The Imperial Senate will not sit still for this: when they hear that you’ve attacked [the whole basis of our legislative system]” However, our Imperial Senate DID sit still for this. In fact, most of them voted in favour.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — September 30, 2010 @ 2:04 pm

  18. Andrew, may I suggest the more appropriate Family Guy/womp rats reference was the one where they tipped their hat to Larry David…

    That was gold.

    And kudos for the letter – even if you are a supposed academic (a lowly lecturer I hear) and a hand-wringer.

    Comment by Pete — October 1, 2010 @ 3:15 pm


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