Tomorrow Could Be ‘D’ Day For Constituency MPs
THE CAMPAIGN TO REPLACE THE PRESENT SYSTEM OF COUNCIL RATES WITH A FAIRER SYSTEM INCLUDING RESTRAINTS ON COUNCILS ABILITY TO INCREASE EXPENDITURE WITHOUT THE SPECIFIC APPROVAL OF THE COMMUNITY
22nd August 2006
TOMORROW COULD BE ‘D’ DAY FOR CONSTITUENCY MPs
RATING CAP BILL VOTE WILL DOMINATE NEXT LOCAL AND GENERAL ELECTIONS.
When Parliament votes tomorrow on Rodney Hide’s Rating Cap Bill constituency MPs should be thinking carefully about the strength of feeling on council rates in their home towns.
This campaign emailed all MPs today with a list of towns and cities in which campaign supporters live – and the list stretches from Invercargill to Kaitaia.
All of the hundreds of emails I have received want this Bill to go through tomorrow’s First Reading and most want to know the names of MPs who vote against.
And any MP voting against the Bill could well find themselves Dumped at the next election.
There is absolutely no reason why this Bill needs to be voted on Party lines – individual MPs should be able to vote in support of their constituency, and list MPs in accordance with their conscience.
No matter what the Prime Minister feels about letting councils get on with their stewardship of local affairs – the overwhelming view of the supporters of this campaign is that council revenue-gathering through rates must be controlled.