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.