Friday, June 7, 2013

Tweet of the Day - 7 June 2013

With all the hubbub over David Carter's ruling on the United Future/Peter Dunne situation, someone from the Twittervese has spotted an occasion that Trevor Mallard, David Parker and Winston Peters may have forgotten about:

For those not familiar with the Harry Duynhoven situation, here's a refresher:

The Government has rescued its New Plymouth MP, Harry Duynhoven, but has faced a flurry of accusations that other Labour MPs might also have broken nationality laws for politicians.
The Labour-led Government, with the support of the Green Party, yesterday rushed through a law change saving Mr Duynhoven from losing his job because he adopted Dutch nationality.
But Labour's refusal to restrict the retrospective law change to Mr Duynhoven prompted political rivals to claim it must be trying to protect some other MP who might also have breached the Electoral Act's nationality rules.
While Mr Duynhoven infringed as soon as he applied to have his Dutch nationality approved in June, any MP who has renewed a foreign passport since the last election would also have broken the law because that would be seen as acting to support a foreign state.

Isn't it interesting that Labour, the Greens and NZ First are berating David Carter for yesterday's decision. NZ First we can understand; Winston opposes almost every decision that David Carter makes. But it was Labour and he Greens who rushed through retrospective legislaton in 2003 to protect Mr Duynhoven's seat; both figuratively and literally! 

How time dims the memory.


Armchair Critic said...

"Labour did it too!". Now there's a powerful argument.

Carlos said...

Wrong site, Armchair Critic. You need to say it on a Labour blog - "You did it yourselves when you were in power".
They may not listen to you, but you should give it a go.

Armchair Critic said...

My mistake Carlos, I should have put a "/sarc" at the end of my comment.

Alonzo said...

This is cool!