The Greens in New Zealand must be the most contrary political party of them all.
2 Elections ago they won huge support for their stand against Genetic Engineering and they painted a plausible picture of NZ as the clean food supply for the wealthy (and hopefully us, too).
After the election they were overruled by their coalition partner, Labour, and GE became legal. The practice doesn’t seem to have taken off but the door has swung open.
Since then the Greens, through long time activist Sue Bradford, has campaigned to see prostitution legalised and has a bill before parliament to outlaw smacking.
Now, by opposing these law changes I’m painted as monster who says that whores have no rights and beating children is ok.
And to add to my crimes against humanity I’m now going to drag babies from their convict mothers at the tender age of 6 months.
Well that’s the status quo, but Sue thinks that small children belong in prisons and that their fathers or extended family can’t do as good a job as a mother in lockup can. Already we hear stories of pregnancy being used as a tool for a lighter sentence (by both women and men) – often with a calculated conception after charges have been laid.
Now will we see pregnancy being used as a way to get cushier conditions, for longer in prison?
Friday June 16, 2006
Green MP Sue Bradford is seeking political support for a law change which would enable mothers to keep their babies with them in prison until they reach the age of 2.
Under present law, the time limit is six months.
Ms Bradford had her Corrections (Mothers of Babies) Amendment Bill drawn in the private members bill ballot yesterday.
The bill also seeks to secure a mother’s right to breastfeed in prison.
Ms Bradford said that was sought after anecdotal reports that some mothers were denied the right, through disciplinary procedures.
It’s time for the Greens to focus and to have targets that benefit the majority of NZers, or atleast to put the fence at the top of the cliff, not an ambulance at the bottom.