(ed: this comment from pat o’dea is in response to an article from chris trotter – over @ the daily blog – where he (trotter) supports the waka-jumping legislation..and to my mind – o’dea nails it..)
Pat O’Dea says:
July 31, 2018 at 10:26 pm
“What really matters, say the academics, is the right of individual Members of Parliament to spit in the faces of their party comrades and traduce the solemn undertakings given by themselves on the day they joined themselves to a political collectivity.”
Strong words Chris.
I wonder Chris, if you reserve the same emotive venom for the actions of Mike Minogue and Marlyn Waring?
To paraphrase your invective Chris; Mike Minogue and Marilyn Waring ‘felt morally obligated to abrogate all former undertakings and, because their conscience required it, violated the proportionality of Parliament.’
Minogue and Waring are national heroes, in touch with popular feeling against nuclear weapons and nuclear war, they made a courageous stand on principle, in defiance of their party and government.
Were they right, were they wrong?
Do you condemn them for their stand Chris?
Your current position informs me that you do.
Do you also condemn Jim Anderton, Chris?
Jim Anderton also stood in defiance of his party and government.
It is a shame that these heroes are not more celebrated. It is also a shame that their brave stands on principle were not copied by more Labour Government MPs during the Rogernomics era.
According to your argument here Chris, sectarian loyalty to party outweighs principle.
‘My party right or wrong’.
Or as others call it ‘elected dictatorship’.