February 28th, 2013


Gnashing of teeth

OK so most NZ folks on here will know that yesterday, the Supreme Court handed down a verdict that essentially give our government the go-ahead to start selling off state assets. First to go, Mighty River Power. After that, more power companies. Brace yourselves for power price hikes, kiwis.

Meanwhile, I'm curious where the petition to stop this bullshit is at. Here, it takes 10% of registered voters' signatures on a petition to initiate a referendum. You can see the referendum question at the bottom of that page. Last I heard, the petition was only 22,000 signatures short of forcing a referendum.

Yes, I know, referenda here are not binding, and this government is likely to ignore it anyway based on its track record. But they also know an election's coming up next year, and 80% of kiwis (the estimated number of those opposing asset sales according to some) saying "This is stupid, don't do it" may at least give them pause. Way I see it, it's about the only thing we have left that has a chance of stopping what I consider to be one of the dumber ideas this dumb government has come up with.

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I can't sign the petition again, I've already signed it. But if I were the folks behind the petition, I'd be using the swell of discontent at the Supreme Court's judgement (and the disgust at the Smarmy Git's smugness about it) to get that petition out there for another round of signatures. Force that referendum - at the least it'll delay the sale of assets until a bit closer to the election. At best, it may actually make these idiots see sense.