When I was a child I watched a childrens programme called Duck Tales, about a rich duck who had the most wealth in the land. He lived in a fabulous mansion, had a huge vault full of his gold and other valuables. When the programme started, one of the animations that showed was him diving into his vault and popping up amongst the gold with the biggest grin on his face. His name was appropriately Dr Scrooge or Uncle Scrooge to his nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie. Scrooge always played the good guy or the one would come out trumps.
However one episode back then and even now makes me think. He is going into the Lost city of Atlantis to recover a treasure that he believes is rightfully his. When the expedition begins it strikes trouble. The submersible fails to work and they are captured by sea creatures at the bottom of the sea who are angry that their environment and life style is being trashed by exploitative companies and individuals such as Scrooge. Leaking barrels, tyres, plastic and other debris litter the sea floor. They hold him and his expedition hostage and put them to work in squalid conditions cleaning the mess up. Eventually Scrooge escapes. I don’t know if he got the treasure or not and am not sure I cared after seeing that. I would be angry too.
In the Duck Tales episode, the slaves briefly turn the tables on their perceived oppressors. When I think about it, New Zealand is in danger of becoming a slave nation. It is in danger of becoming a nation that is a slave to monetary interests – I will not call them corporate interests, though corporates are most certainly involved as are very wealthy individuals such as the Rothschild brothers – with no regard for anything other than their profits. The ongoing controversy over the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and what it means for New Zealand and New Zealanders has been
As a result I am doubtful that New Zealand’s constitutional framework as it currently stands is up to the task of protecting the country and its people from these interests. Since former Attorney General Margaret Wilson introduced the legislation for the Supreme Court of New Zealand without first finding out whether or not New Zealanders actually wanted a Supreme Court, through to the Police raid in the Urewera National Park against Tuhoe and more recently the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, I have concluded both National and Labour are guilty of eroding our sovereignty. Both have paid substantial lip service to it whilst navigating the political discourse, but the reality of their actions are somewhat different.
On the basis of that, I am therefore in favour of legislative changes that embed our key constitutional Acts of Parliament. There are several ways one could potentially go about this:
- Introducing amendments to existing legislation that requires a binding referendum with a super majority of New Zealanders (66% or 75% of votes)
- Introducing a new Bill of Parliament that safe guards the framework, and has the weighting of major Acts such as the Bill of Rights Act 1990
- Adopting a formal constitution – something that could only happen if a binding referendum said we should
- Require the Governor General to dismiss any Bill of Parliament that is non-compliant with the laws that make up our constitutional framework
Whilst National is in office, nothing good is likely to happen. Prime Minister John Key is trying to build a legacy that New Zealand will remember him by (for better or for worse), and knows he is probably in his final term as Prime Minister. So, it is a matter of holding National in check until 2017 and hoping that by then we will have an Opposition capable of rolling Mr Key. Then we can start rebuilding our sovereignty.