No referendum on 'super city', says Hide

No referendum on ‘super city’, says HideLocal Government Minister Rodney Hide wants Aucklanders to have “maximum input” into the Government’s super city proposals but he has ruled out holding a referendum. Labour leader Phil Goff today called for a referendum to give… [NZ Herald Politics]

Phil Goff, who today launched the Labour campaign without a candidate in mt Albert has called for a referendum on the Super City. Predictably and simultaneous the paid off-shore lap-bloggers have also called for a referendum.

All of these calls for referenda remind me of a quote from Edmund Burke in 1774;

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797), Speech to the electors of Bristol. 3 Nov. 1774

With this quote we can see that National and Rodney Hide are taking the principled decision over a referendum of such a complex issue. Make no mistake this issue is actuially far too complex for a referendum. I note that in Phil Goff’s call for a referendum he doesn’t suggest a suitable question. Gooner at No Minister does have a go at just such a question and a fine effort it is.

Any politician who stands for public office and then every time a tough question arises suggests a referendum is a coward and doesn’t deserve his pay. Matt McCarten has already called Goff a coward and now so dies Whaleoil. Grow some balls Goff. You used to have balls when you were chucking paint and burning flags and hanging communist flags on the cenotaph…what has happened in the interveneing years? Gone soft? I think so.