When One-Law-For-All is put to voters, it seems New Zealand voters can sometimes have more common sense than their political servants often give them credit for.
Case in point: The recent rewrite of the Local Government Act required councils to hold a referendum before setting up race-based seats—and although largely unreported the results are beginning to roll in.
Most recently, from the Hauraki Plains, south-west of Thames…
Results for the Hauraki District Council Maori Representation Poll that closed on Wednesday May 1, 2013, clearly indicated the majority of those who voted do not support separate Maori seats.
Of the 5284 (39.12%) electors who voted, 4249 (80%)were against the idea…
And earlier, from Wairoa…
The population is 61 percent Part-Maori.
Guess what, 55 percent of respondents voted against race based seats.
From Nelson, last year…
In accordance with section 86 of the Local Electoral Act 2001, the result for the Maori Representation Poll held on Saturday 19 May 2012 is:
Votes cast AGAINST the Proposal 12,387 (79%)
Votes cast FOR the Proposal 3,192 (20%)
And in the Waikato, earlier last year…
the numbers were clear: of the 12,672 (30.16 per cent) electors who voted, 10,111 (78.9%) were against the idea, while 2517 (19.8%) favoured it . Waikato Mayor Allan Sanson said the poll sent a clear message that the district was not ready for separate Maori seats.
“Not ready” my arse. This is the sort of patronising pap put about by Euro politicians when voters reject their next round of Euro-delinquency. As if folk just haven’t been sufficiently warmed up to vote the right way.
John Ansell summarises the spate of votes on related race-based issues over recent months:
It’s not that voters are “not ready” to accept these race-based measures. It’s that politicians are not ready to accept that an overwhelming majority of the voting public are heartily sick of law based on racial preference.
Given that mainstream politicians are so intent on ignoring this principled position, it would seem that any party running on a ticket of One Law For All could create the sort of shock among race-based political thinking here as UKIP has among Euro-minded political thinking over there.
Do I hear hooves?