Op­po­si­tion role

The Timaru Herald - - COMMENT&OPINION -

Your ed­i­to­rial last Wed­nes­day, ‘‘Na­tional’s Choice is Ob­vi­ous’’ is quite cor­rect ex­cept your ad­vice to them is what got them kicked out of of­fice a few months ago.

It is not the role of the Op­po­si­tion to, in a mod­ern Par­lia­ment, ‘‘punch holes in he Govern­ment, take the gloves off, wield the sledge­ham­mer and put the Govern­ment to the torch’’, not even me­taphor­i­cally. It is that out­dated pug­na­cious stu­pid­ity which gave us Don­ald Trump.

It is the role of the Op­po­si­tion to ap­ply logical checks and bal­ances, find er­rors and faults the Govern­ment may have over­looked and en­sure prom­ises are hon­oured.

We not only have a new Govern­ment but a new style of govern­ment the likes of which this coun­try has not seen since Michael Joseph Sav­age led the na­tion out of the dark days of the 1930s.

Na­tional has any num­ber of ca­pa­ble peo­ple to be the leader of a con­struc­tive Op­po­si­tion but if they fol­low your ad­vice they won’t re­main in Par­lia­ment, let alone Op­po­si­tion, very long. We have had enough of that. Tom O’Con­nor St An­drews

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