The Herald reports:
Labour leader David Cunliffe said the coroner’s recommendation was “interesting”. Mr Cunliffe, a staunch Anglican, said he would not reveal his personal stance on legalising euthanasia, which wouldbe decided by a conscience vote if itcame before Parliament.
“I have a personal view, but given my current responsibilities I’m going to reserve that until my caucus has an opportunity to discuss it.”
I’m sorry, but the Labour caucus has already discussed it. Street would have needed the permission of caucus to lodge her bill last year.
Why can’t Cunliffe just tell us his view? Is he worried that it may upset some people.
Prime Minister John Key said he broadly supported the principle of voluntary euthanasia and would consider it if he was terminally ill.
He said the Government would not introduce it as policy because a clear party stance was required and many National MPs would not support it.
Mr Key said he would not back Ms Street’s bill because he felt it went too far.
A good contrast. Key gives his personal view, and even says how he would vote on Street’s bill. You know where you stand with him.
UPDATE: Even weirder Cunliffe has previously said he would vote for Street’s bill, so why is he now being coy?