NZ First has added a new party policy to its list – voting the opposite to ACT leader David Seymour.
In a weird twist of events on Wednesday night NZ First pulled its initial support for the Official Information Act (Parliamentary Under-Secretaries) Amendment Bill purely because Seymour had decided to vote for it.
It passed its first reading in October after United Future leader Peter Dunne and the Maori Party broke ranks with National and ACT to get the Labour bill over the line.
Seymour, who is under-secretary for education and responsible for charter schools labelled it a “silly bill” but rather than lobby members to oppose it he decided to vote for it as well.
The bill is designed to make under-secretaries subject to the OIA but Seymour claims it’s a “stunt bill” targeting him.
Speaking in the House on Wednesday night NZ First MP Denis O’Rourke said his party was “comforted” by the fact Seymour initially opposed the bill because he “always gets things wrong”.
“So by supporting it we thought we must be getting it right.”
But Seymour’s voting in favour of the bill at its second reading meant NZ First had to have a “re-think” and now “feel strongly that we must oppose it,” O’Rourke said.
What pathetic puerile politicians. You might expect this from ten year olds, but not MPs. How can anyone take them seriously when they decide how to vote in Parliament based on this.