Remarkably, there are still some politicians in NZ who will stand against the authoritarian thug Power. Rodney Hide is one. He says he is totally opposed to the bill. Others on the right and left have challenged Power on the overall legislation (The Criminal Procedure Reform and Modernisation Bill). As a means to get the main legislation through Power has agreed to a compromise on the right to remain silent provisions and delegated the decision on this to a legal committee.
Rod Hide’s comments are quite telling-
“I regard the right to silence as a fundamental right, as well as freedom of speech, and I’m shocked that a centre-right Government is proposing to remove it.”
He’s right. That Power is attacking one of the fundamental and traditional protections an individual has against an all powerful state is a disgrace, but the real disgrace is its a National Party initiative. Yet another in a long line of events that demonstrate that National, in its present form, has completely betrayed what is professes to stand for.
Power is leaving parliament soon. It can’t come soon enough. That this country hick and small town lawyer and left wing authoritarian is fooling with centuries of British law is an outrage, but that he is in the National Party is an even bigger outrage. Turncoats and grifters the lot of them, from John Key down.