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Dunne: Greens are losing the plot


Dunne: Greens are losing the plot

United Future New Zealand leader, Peter Dunne, says it’s becoming increasingly plain that the Green Party’s MP’s are rapidly losing the Parliamentary plot.

“Nandor Tanczos,” says Mr Dunne, “continues to boast that he breaks the cannabis laws because his faith is more important than Parliament and claims he is being honest about his dope smoking.

“Yet he falls curiously silent when asked directly where he gets his cannabis and whether he pays for it. Mr Tanczos’s honesty, it seems, has limits.

“The Green’s co-leader, Rod Donald, defends his dope-smoking colleague by saying the law is an ass and therefore it’s OK to break it. If that’s the sort of selective logic that pervades the Green caucus, then it’s no wonder they emerge with such peculiar policies.

“Mr Donald and Mr Tanczos have lashed out against other MP’s for going to restaurants and drinking alcohol. Plainly, they have missed the point that eating out and drinking liquor are legal activities. Smoking dope is not.

“They further allege that the police complaint against Mr Tanczos is a waste of scarce police resources. If they genuinely cared about police resources, they would be campaigning throughout the country persuading young people not to buy or smoke dope.

“With no buyers, the tinny houses would have no market and they would disappear, which is what Mr Tanczos claims he wants.

“Frankly, I hope the police devote as much energy and resources in investigating the complaint against Mr Tanczos as they did in investigating Paintergate.”

Mr Dunne cites as further evidence of his belief that the Greens are losing the plot the remarkable maiden speech of Green MP, Metiria Turei.

“In her first speech in Parliament, she denounced the State as racist and oppressive. This is the same racist and oppressive State that pays her tens of thousands of dollars of taxpayer money every year to be an MP.

“I have yet to hear that Ms Turei, in line with her principles, is refusing to take the money,” says Mr Dunne.

“All of this,” he says, “is evidence that the Greens place their faiths, their view of the law and their view of the role of the State well above the institution of Parliament. One has to question why they are here. It’s plain that the only thing of higher importance than their peculiar constitutional views is their Parliamentary salaries.”

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