I went on my first ever protest march yesterday. With 2,000 other brave souls (including several ACT members) I marched through central Christchuch, in the pouring rain, in opposition to Sue bradford’s proposed anti-smacking law.
About 2,000 people packed a rain-soaked Cathedral Square in Christchurch on Wednesday, to protest against the anti-smacking bill which would remove the defence of reasonable force from Section 59 of the Crimes Act.
The crowd marched two city blocks from Victoria Square to the Cathedral shortly after midday, where speeches were delivered by Newstalk ZB’s Ali Jones and broadcasters Simon Barnett and Gary McCormack to thunderous applause.
Jones says the issue is bigger than whether to smack or not. He says it is about allowing the average loving New Zealand parent the right to chose how to fairly and reasonably raise their children.
The Labour government is to adopt Bradford’s bill as their own. Theoretically this means it could be passed within a few days.
Helen Clark must want that UN job pretty badly to risk her party’s future with such unpopular legislation.