Ryan Bridge: What's the point in the referendum?

Opinion 07/05/2019

Winston Peters, we know the guy probably wants to come across as a conservative to rural communities.

Yet according to Andrew Little he has agreed to support legislation, if it passes a referendum, to legalise cannabis for recreational use.

We know that New Zealand First is the referendum party right?

It's because Winston doesn't really know what he thinks about anything does he?

I don't know whether that's because he's too old or he never really understood what he was talking about.

But Winston Peters always loves a referendum, he's game for a referendum, because it means he doesn't have to decide for himself what he thinks.

It’s easy, it’s a cop out.

“what are you going to do about that? I don't know, we’ll ask the people…”

What the hell are you there for then? Why don't we just have a referendum on everything Winston?

Anyway he has supposedly committed to Andrew Little - and a commitment from Winston Peters is about as useful as a Vegas wedding proposal.

Winston has supposedly committed to Andrew Little that if ‘we the people’ decide to go ahead with this weed agenda at the next election that they will pass it.

If Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First or a mix of two of them get into power they will pass the legislation, in line with ‘the will of the people’.

Really? How many of you believe that from Winston Peters? How many of you believe that from James Shaw? How many of you believe that from Andrew little?

I mean really.

Given what we have seen with welfare reform in the last week, given what we've seen with a capital gains tax two weeks before that.

Remember? “Let's do this, let's do this, let's do this”, then Winston says let's not and so suddenly they're not.

Do you believe anything this government says anymore?

Any promise that they made?

Look at kiwibuild the list really does go on.

The point of this is while we can sit around and pontificate about the ins and outs of how legislation to reform our drug laws might work, does it matter?

At the end of the day there is one old man sitting in an armchair, smoking a cigar, drinking half a glass of whiskey who will put the kibosh on anything that you and I might deem sensible.

So in the end what's the point in bloody talking about it?

Ryan Bridge is host of Magic Talk Drive.