Not raindrops on roses; nor whiskers on kittens

Here’s ACT MP Hilary Calvert’s bizarre contribution on the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill:

If this vile affront to human rights and democratic principles that will strip all sentenced prisoners of the right to vote was not one of Hilary Calvert’s favourite things, then why the hell did she support it?

6 Comments Posted

  1. Looking at it again, I suspect she is from the “stoner faction” of the Act Party, and during Parliamentary urgency with the House sitting late didn’t have the discipline to avoid the big doobie over the dinner break.

  2. Brown paper packages tied up with string…

    Um, are those the packages with Rodney’s turds in them, Hilary?

    Like in the ECan coup and the Auckland Supershitty?

  3. A great start to you political career, and some wonderful sarcastic humour, Hilary! That wasn’t my forte when, as a boring old fart, I was in Parliamentary politics.

    Rodney will be spewing about that speech, but I trust that it is one step towards returning the Act Party from its opportunism to a credible socially and economically liberal position.

    All power to you, Hilary.

    (Oops, I forgot about my Orewa speeches. Bugger!)

  4. Hey, this woman almost makes David Garrett look sane (although she is not nearly as scary as he is).

    Where the hell do ACT find people like this?

  5. Toeing the party line or not, anytime someone goes toe to toe with the Constitution — infringing on the right to vote, free speech, etc., they’re pretty much a loser in my book…

  6. Perhaps she supported it because that is Act’s position, and when one is a member of a party, one is supposed, as the saying goes, to toe the party line.

    The Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill illustrates why we need a constitution that enables everyone to vote, so that a government cant do this sort of thing on a whim. However, perhaps disgracefully, even the great Constitution does not guarantee voting rights so prisoner voting capability comes down to state law.

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