From a Conservative Party press release-
“The idea of allocating special ownership rights to any person or group is unwise. As New Zealanders we are tired of the continual litigation and bargaining that promotes and encourages division.”
Yes we are..!!!
This is what the National Party should have been saying years ago.
And it is important to recognise that even when Craig’s press release has been prompted by the water rights debate, this is a statement that has wide ranging political and legal impact in other areas where legal title is important.
For example, it can also be applied to land.
There should only be one title to land, and to pretend that others have rights to the same land through any other title (such as “customary” title) is completely wrong.
Here is a practical example of why it is wrong-
An oil exploration company wants to drill on a farmer’s property. So the company negotiates with that farmer to enter his property and drill their well.
Simple right? Except it does not work that way. Present NZ law requires an extension to that process.
Along comes a group of people of no special distinction other than claiming to be of a certain race, and who claim to be the “customary owners” of that land, and force the exploration company to jump through all kinds of hoops before they will also give their permission for the company to enter the property.
They can actually legally challenge any agreement that the farmer may already have with the company. Just like a state sanctioned Mafia.
Craig’s statement suggests that the Conservative Party would require wide changes to policy from the National Party cowards if they wanted him as a coalition partner.
No wonder the National Party and the rest of the left are so intent on destroying Colin Craig, perhaps the only force in NZ politics capable of inserting some steel into the jellyified spines of John Key and his group of progressive impostors.
Thanks to Crusader Rabbit and The Gantt Guy for bringing this to my attention.