“ She wants to busy herself with what goes on in the homes of the nation in areas which families regard as their own responsibility and I think she’s going over a dangerous line,” was Helen Clark’s warning about Jenny Shipley before the 1999 election.
Labour’s polling fortunes changed and haven’t recovered when they crossed the “dangerous line” with passing the anti-smacking bill.
New Zealanders have a history of standing for personal freedom and democracy and will not forget that the government passed the anti-smacking bill in the face of 80 to 90percent voter opposition. This was not democracy working.
People are not prepared to lose freedom to make decisions on what is most precious to them – their children.
Parents, not government, love and care deeply about what is best for each child’s personal growth and development.
Parents, not government, make countless little and big personal sacrifices for their children. When families are doing a good job raising children who are growing up happy, healthy, well-balanced and responsible, the government should be cheering them on and not sticking its nose in. Government please butt out. J L MCKEOWN