The results are in.
Sue Bradford’s evil anti-smacking law has been caned by the voting public.
These are the figures for the smacking referendum from KiwiBlog.
The interim results are:
1,622,150 votes cast which I think is a 54% response rate. That is higher than most local body elections and pretty good for a referendum not held with a general election.
87.6% voted no and 11.8% vote yes.
A massive victory for common sense.
As a proportion of total enrolled adults, 47% voted no, 46% did not vote and only 7% voted yes.
This gives Prime Minister John Key an interesting choice-and an incredibly easy one.
A Do nothing-let down hundreds of thousands of families all over the country and lose huge numbers of votes.
B Change the law to re-legalise smacking and earn the undying gratitude of hundreds of thousands of Kiwis and guarantee National the treasury Benches for a decade.
Your call John.
Bad luck Sue.