Do John Key’s Nats deserve to be known as the most hypocritical in the party’s history? The turnabouts just don’t seem to end.
Before being elected they were highly critical of the climate change scam. Once elected they became fully convinced of its authenticity and introduced the Emissions Trading Scheme.
In opposition they advocated one standard of citizenship for all. Once elected they formed an unnecessary partnership with the separatist and racist Maori Party, and proceeded to introduce or support a raft of legislation giving special treatment to Maori.
In opposition, they criticised the Klark government for squandering the country’s financial resources. Yet after the election they did nothing to wind back the profligate welfare spending and electoral bribes instituted by Labour and are now borrowing $300 million a week to keep them in place.
This week’s news that speed camera offences had doubled under the National government was explained away by Police Minister Judith Collins in the most hypocritical manner. In opposition Crusher said the cameras were merely a revenue raising device. Once in power she increased the number of cameras and introduced more advanced models that allowed greater levels of detection. Collins said last week-
“Driving was not a game and roads could be dangerous, people need to take some personal responsibility. If they’re not breaking the speed limits, then they won’t get a ticket.”
Exactly what Labour’s Paul Swain said when he was Police Minister.
But if you really want an example of gross hypocrisy, check out this article written by Tony Ryall when in opposition. Ryall now he’s in government, is supporting Judith Collins and her cameras. Here’s a few excerpts from what Ryall said back then–
Mr Swain said in June that “the most convincing argument supporting the police enforcement of speed limits is the declining rate of death and injury from road crashes”. What he didn’t tell us was that 75 per cent of fatal accidents and 85 per cent of all crashes happen under the posted speed limit.
British researcher Alan Buckingham noted in a vital piece of work – predictably bagged by the LTSA – that “few would claim that driving 10km/h above the speed limit on an empty motorway in good conditions constitutes driving with excessive speed”.
Mr Swain talked about lowering the speed camera tolerance level from 10 km/hh to 5 km/h over the posted limit. This would generate tens of millions of dollars in additional revenue, but there is no evidence that these additional speed-camera tickets will do anything to improve road safety.
Lowering the tolerance level to only 5 km/h over the posted limit would see hundreds of thousands of extra tickets issued to people who research says are the safest drivers – for no purpose other than extra tax.
Mr Swain started touting hidden cameras as the next step to lower the road toll. Fortunately, there is local experience on this. It shows hidden speed cameras do not work.
The Government must realise that hidden cameras are bad policy unsupported by any scientific evidence.
We have to get rid of the permanent political class somehow readers. They treat us like idiots, and they’re stealing more and more from us in their desperate efforts to maintain their cynical self serving one party state political power bloc. Like chameleons, they appear as one thing in opposition, but when in power and under pressure from faceless shiny arsed self serving bureaucrats, they weakly morph into a cowardly copy of their predecessors.
Politics in New Zealand is just a revolving door, allowing a succession of identical socialist goons in and out of our parliament, and it has to change. Otherwise, what’s the point of democracy?