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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Copeland To Quit United Future?

A positive side effect of the Bradford/Clark anti-smacking bill?

Could United Future leader, Peter Dunne soon be the Jim Anderton of Ohariu?

According to Tracy Watkin in today's Dominion Post;

The government has been dealt a blow on the eve of the budget, with United Future MP Gordon Copeland expected to announce today he is resigning from his party in protest at the so-called anti-smacking bill.

NZPA understands that Mr Copeland is leaving over Green MP Sue Bradford member's bill to remove from the Crimes Act the statutory defence of "reasonable force" to correct a child.

Mr Copeland, a Christian, has always opposed the legislation and while he voted for an amendment stating police had discretion not to prosecute inconsequential complaints he felt the bill still made criminals of parents who smacked their children.

He would form the party with former colleague Larry Baldock who has been running a petition against the Bradford bill.

The party would be called Future New Zealand - the name of the Christian party which the United Party previously merged with.

Mr Copeland is expected to explain his decision later today, but it is believed he will remain in Parliament, creating fresh uncertainty for the government, whose certain majority on legislation has already been removed by the resignation of Mangere MP Taito Phillip Field.


Blogger Andy said...

Good on Copeland!

5:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Big deal. Just another political parasite.
Gravey train is to good to leave the carriage before it gets to a station.

in another couple of years he will be another has been. people wont even remember his name.


5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a big blow to communism.
this is berlin wall coming, nz style
liberation is coming!

9:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, didn't you guys see 'The Blues

Copeland is 'on a mission from God'!

10:38 AM  

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