Greens should turn shocking pink from deep embarrassment over waka-jumping position

Former Green Party co-leader Jeanette Fitzsimons will be deeply disappointed in the anti-democratic position taken (reluctantly” – ha!) by her party’s current bunch of Parliamentary incumbents.  They will be voting in support of the so-called waka-jumping bill.

As reported by Newshub, Fitzsimons said of the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill:

“You can’t legislate for integrity. Integrity is a question of judgement. It’s a question of conscience,” she said.

The bill’s singular aim is to prevent disgruntled MPs from exercising their freedom to join or create another party if they fall out with their own. Continue reading “Greens should turn shocking pink from deep embarrassment over waka-jumping position”

One objection halts UK upskirting bill – so how would NZ have handled it?

Conservatives are among the many people in Britain whose reactions range from disappointment to outrage after one MP, a bloke called Sir Christopher Chope, objected to a private member’s bill that would have made “upskirting” a criminal offence in England and Wales.

Sir Christopher’s lone voice blocked the bill’s progress through Parliament.

The bill has cross-party support.  If passed, anyone who secretly takes a photo under a victim’s skirt will be liable to up to two years in prison.

A disappointed PM Theresa May  said she wanted to see it pass soon “with government support“. The Minister for Women, Victoria Atkins, said the government will allocate time for the bill in Parliament to ensure it does not get pushed down the list of private members’ bills, which would mean it could some time to return to the Commons.

Backbench colleagues have excoriated Sir Christopher. Tory MP Nick Boles tweeted he was a politician “whose knuckles dragged along the ground“. Outside of Parliament, there are demands for him to be stripped of his knighthood.

In this country, one MP’s objection could not have scuttled a member’s bill but its chances of being debated would depend on it being drawn in a legislative lottery.   Continue reading “One objection halts UK upskirting bill – so how would NZ have handled it?”