En­emy within

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

Your ar­ti­cle ‘Push for new al­co­hol rules aban­doned’ high­lights the to­tal in­ad­e­quacy of the sale and pur­chase of Al­co­hol Act 2012. Touted as a new sys­tem for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity, it is worse than a damp squib, and ef­forts will now have to be di­rected to hav­ing Par­lia­ment re­visit the is­sue. One would have trusted that our coun­cil would have had the in­testi­nal for­ti­tude and lis­tened to the wide­spread and clearly ex­pressed wishes for more con­trol to min­imise al­co­hol re­lated harm in our com­mu­nity. It was not en­tirely wish­ful think­ing.

It is quite dis­con­cert­ing and deeply dis­turb­ing to re­alise that in the long–pro­tracted deal­ings on this mat­ter, ‘the en­emy’ was not the liquor in­dus­try, but our own coun­cil. A sim­ple case of mis­placed trust in elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives by Par­lia­ment.

This sit­u­a­tion is rem­i­nis­cent of an event many years ago, when the Fed­er­a­tion of Labour and Em­ploy­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion

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