The Labour Party has been complaining this week about National's so-called "attack on democracy" over the legislation for the future governance arragements for Auckland. And not only complain; they were quite happy to waste $10,000 PER HOUR to keep Parliament sitting under urgency whilst MP's are forced to vote on hundreds of mindless amendments. Worse still, all the Labour MP's have looked like cats who've found the cream whilst our taxpayer dollars have been flushed away.
So, the Labour Party is the guardian of democracy, right? Wrong! The Herald covers the story of the Bakers' Association criticising a change in regulations requiring bakers to add synthetic folic acid to almost all the bread we eat - have a read of this:
New Zealand Food Safety Minister Kate Wilkinson said the Government was concerned about the scheme, which it had "inherited" from Labour.
"We need to make sure the health benefits outweigh the risk," she said. "We have to make sure the evidence is science-based and not emotion-based. We are concerned and we are looking at it."
Wilkinson said Food Safety Authority officials were preparing advice on the latest research. She expected to take it to Cabinet before the end of the month, when a "course of action" would be decided.
"We have to take into account 87 per cent of New Zealanders didn't want mandatory fortification of bread with folic acid," she said.
The scheme was a favourite of former Health Minister Annette King but never went before Parliament. It was passed under special rules which do not allow the same level of public scrutiny.
That's right. This change, opposed by an overwhelming number of New Zealanders NEVER WENT BEFORE PARLIAMENT. It was snuck through, via the back door.
Yes, dear readers, that's democracy in action, Labour Party style. Just like the anti-smacking legislation; just like the Electoral Finance Act; just like the Emissions Trading Scheme. It's democracy in action at its Nanny State/we-know-what's-best-for-you worst.
And fear not dear readers - whenever the Labour Party moans about undemocratic government, we will be issuing hypocrisy alerts. Because you can't just rewrite history Annette.