We write as a group of concerned despots and monsters with expertise in the area of unconstitutional practices.
Earlier today a letter signed by twenty-seven respected legal academics was published, condemning the wide powers granted to the Government under the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010.
We share the deep concern expressed by Gerry Brownlee, the recipient of these extraordinary powers, about the academics' response when he says:
I am on strongly on the side of people whose lives have been dislocated, not the hand-wringing academics who frankly are contributing nothing to the recovery effort.We remain hopeful that the desire to do “everything we can” in the short term will blind the people of New Zealand to the long-term harms of the actions of their politicians. In particular, abandoning established constitutional values and principles in order to remove any inconvenient legal roadblock is just the sort of thing we like to see. It would have been more fitting had tanks and armoured vehicles been involved in the granting of these wide powers, but we understand that the vehicles used by the New Zealand army can't be relied upon to stay roadworthy.
What our Parliament has done, in just a single day, by unanimously passing the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act 2010 represents an extraordinarily broad transfer of lawmaking power away from Parliament and to the executive branch, with minimal constraints on how that power may be used.
So for passing this constitutional outrage in record time we congratulate the Parliament of New Zealand. In years to come, statues will be erected to the brave soldiers of the realm who preserved us from the dangers of dissension and disorder, and from the ever-present meddling of outsiders. But let us not forget that without this supremely supine act by the representatives who were meant to be the guardians of democracy, there could be no Fatherland.
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