Determining who can buy an election
Jim Hopkins compares two high profile thefts, and finds a connection:
Anyone at Waiouru contemplating the theft of national treasures need only have looked to the leaders of the land to find others whose behaviour offered both justification and vindication.
For it surely must be more than coincidence that Parliament is passing a bill which will steal our right to free speech in the very same week that other thieves have been roundly condemned for stealing the medals awarded to those who once defended it. There's an awful symmetry here, an apposite meeting of motives that is too obvious and poignant to ignore...
What our politicians are doing this week is not preventing people from buying an election. They're actually determining who can buy it. And they've very sensibly decided it should be them. While deftly wrapping a gag of red tape around everyone else's tongue, their bill specifically exempts parliamentarians from its provisions.
When Hopkins gets to the point, he can be awfully direct. "What our politicians are doing this week is not preventing people from buying an election. They're actually determining who can buy it." Print that out and hang it from the nearest flag pole.