Last night we received more than 600 emails about the smacking issue, more than 90 percent of which were against Sue Bradford's bill.
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Watch the footage here:
Mark Sainsbury says to Helen Clark: "So you're listening to the people?" Clark lies: "absolutely listening to the people... I think everybody has."
Simon Barnett's sensible arguments leave Key, Bradford and Clark in the deep end. Here's the situation: John Key doesn't want to admit that he is backing down to Labour by accepting that this new ammendment is different from the ammendment that he originally proposed. Helen Clark doesn't want to admit that the bill has actually changed. And Sue Bradford is trying to pretend that: yes, there has been a change, but no, it isn't really a change, because it was law already.
They are chasing each other's tails and getting nowhere. Confusing the New Zealand Public and themselves.
Simon Barnett on the other hand, sees through the propaganda. He brings up the point: The new ammendment simply states: even though it is illegal, you won't be prosecuted if the offense is trifling.
Watch the footage. If you can put up with Helen's spindoctoring and John's weak-kneed compromised position when he is supposed to be the opposition.