Coalition, coalition, coalition [update 3]
To quote the great philosopher Tom Waits, "The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away." David Farrar has all the small print about the 'coalition' deals between National & Act, National & Peter Dunne Nothing, and National and the Maoris. I'm going to try and digest the details before commenting too much, and suggest you do the same.
In the meantime, how about thinking about a decent acronym for the new National/United/Maori/ACT Government? NUM-nuts is the best I've thought of.
UPDATE 1: From the NACT agreement:
"National agrees to a review by a special select committee of Parliament of the current Emissions Trading Scheme legislation and any amendments or alternatives to it, including carbon taxes, in the light of current economic circumstances and steps now being undertaken by similar nations."
On the surface, this is great news. But I wonder which party, ACT or National, the "review" of the Emissions Trading Scam is intended to protect? That is, is it a review designed to quietly extinguish the scheme, as I would like, and on which ACT campaigned? Or to delay implementation of National's own ETS scheme?
And when will we know for sure?
In any case, the Appendix to the NACT agreement gives more details of the terms of reference for the proposed Climate Change Select Committee, which potentially offers plenty of scope to "hear competing views on the scientific aspects of climate change from internationally respected sources and assess the quality and impartiality of official advice" -- i.e., to point out the many warmist myths on which policy has to date been prepared.
One would hope that such a committee would prove as impartial and objective as the Royal Commission that so glorious kicked the Genetic Engineering bogey out of the park. "Technology is integral to the advancement of the world," they said. "Fire, the wheel, steam power, electricity, radio transmission, air and space travel, nuclear power, the microchip, DNA: the human race has ever been on the cusp of innovation. Currently, biotechnology is the new frontier. Continuation of research is critical to New Zealand's future."
I look forward to a similarly ringing burial of the warmist mantra.
UPDATE 2: Blair M likes the NACT Agreement. Gives ACT a soapbox and the Tories a spine, he reckons -- although it could also be a 'Public Choice form of National 'privatising their gains' and nationalising their dead rats by blaming them on the smaller party.
UPDATE 3: And Lindsay Perigo congratulates Rodney Hide on his Local Government appointment, although he doesn't seem to realise the portfolio doesn't unfortunately cover the RMA. That's Environment. And the loathsome Nick Smith's got that portfolio sewn up -- he's the worm who calls the RMA "far-sighted environmental legislation."