Scoop has an Ethical Paywall
Work smarter with a Pro licence Learn More
Top Scoops

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

 

Feedback: SOS Campaign Hits Clayton's Law

Sir,
I listened with interest to Kim Hill's interview with Geoffrey Palmer this morning (Tuesday) about Justice Heron's curious decision to deny the Save Our Squadrons' Campaign bid to injunct the Government.

While Palmer may or may not lay claim to being an expert on constitutional law, it seems a little bizarre to call on a former Labour prime Minister to give an objective view on a legal challenge to the current Labour Government. Might it not have been better to have consulted any one of a number of other eminently qualified New Zealanders in the pursuit of a neutral opinion?

Palmer's powers of judgement must surely be questioned, even by the current Government, who have been processing a reinstatement of some measure of liens protection, which he so curiously repealed.

Palmer and Heron both seem to have a Claytons' view of the law, for a brief summary of their conclusions would say that the Minister of Defence need not necessarily maintain an Air Force to meet his obligation to raise and maintain an Air Force. Perhaps in their pursuit of transparency, they have both borrowed "clothes from the Emperor's wardrobe" and counsel from his deceitful advisers?

Hugh Webb


Advertisement - scroll to continue reading

Are you getting our free newsletter?

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Join Our Free Newsletter

Subscribe to Scoop’s 'The Catch Up' our free weekly newsletter sent to your inbox every Monday with stories from across our network.