From the Herald:
Green MP Sue Bradford, who sponsored the original child discipline bill, last night congratulated Mr Key on his response.
“Steps to increase people’s comfort with and understanding of the law – while keeping the law intact – are an appropriate response to the referendum result,” she said.
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[Larry] Baldock said Mr Key did not address the real issue, which was people’s concerns that the law criminalised parents for smacking for correction.
“It’s not about prosecution and the Prime Minister is using the wrong language. When he says no parents have been criminalised what he means is that very few parents have been prosecuted.”
Act MP John Boscawen said Mr Key had made “a huge mistake” in his handling of the issue.
If Bradford wants to be constructive here she’d have been much better off railing against Key’s response, calling it a disgusting compromise, abandoning the abused children of New Zealand etc. I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that Boscawen, Baldock et al will oppose any solution Bradford supports and support anything she opposes. These people don’t care about outcomes, they just want the attention and to be seen to have ‘won’, and for that to happen Bradford needs to be seen to have lost.