Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

No Sir To No Sir

The Prime Minister is likely to buy a fight, in court if necessary, if Government attempts to change the New Zealand custom of knight's and dame's in the royal honours list. John Howard reports.

The secretary of the human rights group The Magna Carta Society, Maree Howard, has vowed a fight to retain the titles of knight and dame as a New Zealand custom since the founding of the country.

She says the law was enacted by Parliament in 1988 which guaranteed New Zealanders their free customs and that law can only be changed by Parliament.

"Ms Clark may be able to make law but she is not above the law. We claim the titles are customary rights of all New Zealanders. They are part of our citizenship," Mrs Howard said.

"I also dislike Ms Clark's arrogance in bringing her personal views into the public policy arena especially when the people have not been consulted or a referenda on the issue has not been mentioned." she said.

"The Magna Carta is the law of this land as is the Bill of Rights 1688 from which Parliament claims its powers. Do we see Ms Clark and her coalition colleagues wanting to abolish their ancient Parliamentary customs and privileges?"

"We don't see Ms Clark saying those ancient laws which protect her privilege don't have a role in modern society," Mrs Howard added.

"New Zealand law in part grows from legislation dating back to the thirteenth century especially in Magna Carta, the Petition of Right, the Act of Settlement and the Habeus Corpus Acts."

"These laws are a critical feature of our constitutional principles and systems and they form part of our living and practical law providing legal rules for our governance and the relationship between individuals and the state."

"Magna Carta, for instance, establishes the great legal principle that no one is to be condemned without due process of law."

Mrs Howard said, " The Prime Minister has shown a woeful ignorance of the true meaning and intent of knights and dames and why they were established centuries ago."

"That modern politicians have controlled the system and rewarded their mates with titles is not the fault of the original meaning for them," she said.

"If Ms Clark wants a fight over this she's going to get it," Mrs Howard said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

27-29 Sept: Social Enterprise World Forum Live Blog

1600+ delegates from more than 45 countries have came together to share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future using social enterprise as a vehicle. Attending the Forum were social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, activists, academics and more from across the globe... More>>

HiveMind Report: A Universal Basic Income For Aotearoa NZ

Results from this HiveMind suggests that an overwhelming majority of Kiwis believe that due to changing circumstances and inefficiencies in the current system, we need a better system to take care of welfare of struggling members in our society. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Hivemind: Medical Cannabis - Co-Creating A Policy For Aotearoa

Welcome to the fourth and final HiveMind for Scoop’s Opening the Election campaign for 2017. This HiveMind explores the question: what would a fair, humane and safe Medical Cannabis policy look like for Aotearoa, NZ in 2018? More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Notes On National’s Election Campaign, In Poem Form

Nationyl’s bitumen-ing / As they du du / Seed groweth / River floweth / Then ‘dozer drives thru / Highway ensu. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog